Light bulbs to Balloons

posted in: Blog, Janet 0

Hello, Janet here with a fun card for little birthdays, using a Valentines themed stamp set.



To start this card I die cut a piece of watercolour card with the largest cross stitched rectangle die and stamped the light bulbs floating around the top of the card.  I added the smiley face for some more cuteness.  Because I knew I was going to use Distress inks to colour this card so I used Archival Jet Black ink because it is waterproof.



The Distress inks I used are Tumbled Glass for the sky.  Smooshing the ink onto a clean acrylic block and used a water brush to pick up the colour and spread it around the light bulbs.  Focusing most of the colour at the top of the card.  I didn’t worry about getting an even coverage – any white areas are clouds.  Using Mustard Seed Distress ink for the light bulbs and smooshing the Mustard Seed onto a clean acrylic block, and used a clean water brush.  Next I stamped and coloured more colour at the bottom of the light bulbs and lightened the colour with water towards the top of their ‘heads’.


Sentiment Die

I left this to dry and die cut a “Happy Birthday” and a banner from watercolour card.  On the sentiment die cut, I used Faded Jeans Distress ink to colour it in.  By changing the colour of the sentiment you can alter who this card is for: a green sentiment for Spring birthdays or a pink sentiment for girly birthdays.


Adding Detail

I drew curly lines to be the balloon strings with a black pen.  Then adhered the banner to the bottom center of the card.  For the sentiment I used liquid glue, and placed an acrylic block to hold it down while the glue dries.  I adhered this to a 14cm x 11cm card made from some Bazzill Marshmallow card.  To make the card base, I cut the Marshmallow card in half lengthways and scored at the 11cm mark on the score board.  I hope you have enjoyed this card tutorial.  All the products I used are listed and linked to the store below.  Make sure you check out our Facebook page or the latest VIP newsletter for any offers.




Who would you send this birthday card to?



Turn Me On stamp set

Cross stitched rectangle die


Tag for All die

Pierced Banner die

RANGER Watercolour Card


Tumbled Glass Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans

RANGER Archival Jet Black


LAWN FAWN Acrylic Block

CUTTLEBUG Die cutting Machine


BAZZILL Marshmallow Card

TONIC Guillotene Trimmer


STIX 2 Tape Runner

STIX 2 Liquid Glue Pen



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *