Big Pink Sparkly Happy Birthday Balloon-No Stamping Card

Hi Friends, hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Ellen Hutson recently posted this fun Birthday Card on their Instagram feed and a request was made for additional how-to details. Below are a few of the steps I took to create this No Stamp card. As this card requires no stamping; just die cutting it came together rather quickly.

Card Details:

  • The Big Pink Balloon
    • I used the giant balloon from the EBE YAY! by Julie Ebersole Design Die. I die cut the balloon from an A4 Card Base, leaving enough space for the balloon to take up half of the card panel.
    • Then I used my Trinity Stamps Blending Brush to add Picked Raspberry & Spun Sugar Distress Oxide inks to the Balloon. I made sure to leave a little patch of light/to white in the center of the balloon to add a bit of shading and dimension.
  • The Happy Birthday Glitter Sentiment
    • I used the big, bold and beautiful Happy Birthday Script. I ran the die twice; once on silver glitter paper and once on white card stock and then I adhered them together for a chip-board affect (giving just a little more dimension off the card). Then I added the Happy Birthday to the Pink Balloon using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive.
  • The Card Assembly “Pulling all the Pieces Together“
    • I cut a piece of the Star Pattern Paper from Modern Graphics Volume Two Patterned Paper Pack to a card panel size and attached the pink Happy Birthday Balloon.
    • I knew I wanted a little edge of the black card base to show through so I trimmed the right edge of the balloon a tidge and then adhered the decorated card panel to the Ebony Card Base.
  • The Finishing Touch
    • To add some glam to the card, I used liquid adhesive to adhere tiny transparent star embellishments to the bottom of the balloon (The stars I used are from my Trinity Stamps embellishment stash). This reminded me of those clear, glitter and confetti stuffed balloons that you could get at a carnival or fair…on really special occasions 🙂

So there we are friends, a no stamping card with big impact using a few of my favorite Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies. I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to use your cardmaking supplies in fun new ways!

Big Paper Hugs!
Emily

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Felt Project: Snowman Coffee Cozy with Trinity Stamps & Benzie Design

Hi Friends! Wanted to stop by real quick and let you know I was over on the Trinity Stamp Blog with a Handmade Felt Coffee Cozy project using the Coffee Cozy Hand-Stitching Die Set and Seasonal Cup Decor & More Die Set. The stitching and assembly was simple and fun and the result was a felt cozy perfect for those winter walks with a nice cup of hot cocoa/coffee/tea.

For the felt colors and matching floss I used the Benzie Design Trinity Stamps Palette for the Graphite sleeve along with Rainstorm for the scallop trim, Ecru for the snowman & snowflakes and Black for the top hat. The Wool Blend felt from Benzie Designs works perfectly with metal dies—smooth cuts every time.

Felt Coffee Cozy Tips & Tricks:

  • To keep the pieces held together while sewing, I added little strips of Peel n’ Stick tape to the scallop border. This way the border stayed in perfect place while I did the running stitch to completely connect the scallop border to the coffee sleeve. I followed the same process for the Snowman. 
  • For the snowflakes, top hat and carrot nose, I used Peel n’ Stick sheets. You add the felt to the sheets and then add your metal die and run through our die cut machine. This creates little felt stickers/patches that you can apply directly to your felt piece. 
  • Before sewing the ends of your Coffee Cozy together, make sure you measure the size of cup you intend to use. This helps mark the spot so you can easily slide the Cozy off and on your coffee cup. 
  • To make sure I can see all the sewing holes, after die cutting I used the Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick to poke out any remaining circles from the cut out. 
  • Speaking of Tim Holtz, I have to say that the Non-Stick Titanium scissors are perfect for cutting felt; especially when cutting small pieces for the smaller die cuts. Love!!
  • For sewing, I recommend two needles: a beading needle to thread the seed beads and a standard embroidery needle to make it through the double felt layers. 
  • Rosy Cheeks on felt: Look no further than your make-up bag. Find a rosy blush and apply with a cotton swab! 

Big Paper-Felt Hugs!
Emily