This adorable little cactus is sending birthday wishes today with the help of the Bright Balloons Dies!
This is a mini slimline card (card base is 6 1/4″ x 6 1/2″, scored on the 6 1/2″ side at 3 1/4″ and folded in half) and I started by cutting a piece of white cardstock 3” x 6” for the card front. I placed a post-it note across the panel 1 3/4″ from the bottom and inked with Lost Shadow Distress ink. I then masked the gray area and inked a sunrise stencil from my stash using Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo Distress inks. I stamped the sentiment from the Looking Sharp Stamps 3/8” below the horizon line.
Next, I created a festive Southwestern pattern along the bottom of the panel using the Crepe Paper Streamer Dies, Ribbon & Lace Border Dies, Window Quad Square Dies (thin green strips) and the Cupcake Shape Die (pink circles). I die-cut these elements from white cardstock and inked them with Saltwater Taffy, Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold and Twisted Citron Distress inks. I adhered them in the pattern shown and trimmed the excess from the edges. I then adhered the panel to the card front.
For the balloons, I die-cut them from white cardstock and inked them with 2 colors of Distress ink each (Peacock Feathers/Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn/Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade/Dried Marigold and Saltwater Taffy/Spun Sugar). I backed each with white cardstock and placed a small piece of double-sided tape on the back of each balloon. I then wrapped/adhered a 5” long piece of gray embroidery floss to each balloon. I adhered the balloons starting with the ones at the top and kept the floss pulled tightly as I adhered the next balloons. To hold the floss tightly together, I applied a piece of double-sided tape where the cactus arm would cover the strings and adhered them together on the card front.
To finish, I stamped the cactus and birthday hat from the Looking Sharp Stamps on Neenah Classic Crest 80lb solar white cardstock, colored them with Copics and fussy cut them out.
I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!