Rainbow Balloons Birthday Card

Thanks for stopping by. Today I have a colourful card with rainbows all over. I had so much fun making this card. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE rainbows. Maybe that’s part of the reason I wanted to come to Ireland in the first place. I didn’t think about the fact that it takes rain (which there is no shortage of in Ireland) to make a rainbow!

The best part about this card is it can be used for virtually anyone, and in a variety of situations. I used a birthday sentiment on this version, but it could also be used as a congratulatory card for a retirement, graduation or any other celebration. You could also give this to a man, woman, or child! Oh, the possibilities!

I got the inspiration for this card from the Lawnscaping Card Challenge where the theme is rainbows. I’ve never submitted to the Lawnscaping Challenge before so I’m excited this will be my debut entry.

I used several products by Lawn Fawn with a few coloured cardstock from Stampin’ UP! and sequins from Lucy’s Cards.

I started off by using Lawn Fawn Stripey Backdrop Die and cut it several times over. Once in each colour and finally in white. I played with the idea of using the teal green colour as the border and main base but it seemed like a bit of overkill once I had the other colours in. The white seemed to allow the other colours to pop a bit more. I used the inlay die technique using the white die cut as the base and took the stripes out of each coloured die cut and placed in the cutouts to create a background that looks like it’s one solid piece. Then I used Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Frame die (the largest of the set) and glued it to the top. I love these frames and how they coordinate with all of Lawn Fawn’s background dies. I just think the stitched frame really gives the card a finished look and I use them in almost every card where I use a background die!

Rainbow Balloons front.jpg

Next, I got to work die cutting all of the balloons. I used Lawn Fawn’s Party Balloons die set and cut out each balloon in the coordinating cardstock. This die set even comes with the little white pieces that are meant to look like light reflection. Since they are meant to be shiny, I decided to use clear embossing powder to give it that shine. I thought about using Ranger Glossy Accents but that takes a bit longer to dry and I was crafting in a hurry! They are quite small and fiddly so I had to use my We R Memory Keepers Quick Stick to help me get the small pieces in place.

Instead of using the included string dies in the set, I thought it would be fun to use baker’s twine for the strings. I simply tied them on and secured with tape on the back before I used foam tape to adhere them all to the background. After I got the first three balloons taped to the background, I realised that I was working on an upside-down rainbow. I went back and forth about whether I should pull them up and turn the card over, but I decided it was a happy accident. I knew I wanted to add the sequins and I think if I’d had the same colour balloons on the same colour stripes, with the same colour sequins accents, it would be too matchy-matchy. I think having the rainbows go in opposite directions it helps to draw the eye up and around the card so no one colour has too much of the spotlight.

Rainbow Balloons detail front

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Sayings and cut around the wording leaving a small white border. I didn’t want the sentiment to take away from all the pop of colour on the base, so I opted to use one colour ink and to simply adhere the sentiment with a touch of glue on either side. This allowed the balloon strings to have a bit of movement behind and I really love how it turned out.

Rainbow Balloons sentiment

SUPPLIES

Below, I have listed  links to some of the supplies I used for this project. (Not all of them are available through my affiliate companies, so please scroll to the bottom to see the full supply list.) I purchased all of the supplies on my own and I personally buy from the companies I’ve linked with. I do receive a small commission if you choose to purchase products by clicking on the links in this post, but there is NO ADDITIONAL charge to you. I greatly appreciate your support.

Please note, I am can only get the American companies to link with images in each individual post at this point, so there may be import and/or additional charges for European and non-US residents. I am working to get UK companies added to each post in the future. In the meantime, there are limited text links below, or you can click ‘Buy Crafty Supplies’ on the menu above to purchase these items through UK companies.

Cuttlebug® Machine

Simon Says Stamp $29.99

Lawn Fawn CELEBRATION SCRIPTY SAYINGS Clear Stamps LF1059

Merchant:Simon Says Stamp $14.99

Tonic Glass Cutting Mat 100126

Simon Says Stamp $2.49

Tonic MEDIUM Nuvo Glue Pen 203N

Simon Says Stamp $4.79

LIMITED UK SUPPLY LIST

Tonic A3 Glass Cutting Mat
Tonic Nuvo Medium Glue Pen
Altenew Warm Sunshine Dye Ink

FULL SUPPLY LIST
Lawn Fawn: Stripey Backdrop Die, Stitched Rectangle Frames, Party Balloons dies, Scripty Sayings stamps, Mermaid cardstock, Merman Dye Ink
Stampin’ UP!: Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum cardstock
Ranger: Multi Medium Matte Glue
Hero Arts: Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark: VersaMarker
Papermania: Heat Tool
We R Memory Keepers: Quick Stick
Tonic: Nuvo Medium Glue Pen
Dovecraft: Baker’s Twine Cupcake Boutique
Little Things by Lucy’s Cards: Sparkeling Coral,Creme Caramel, Glacier, Flamingo, Fairy Lights sequins
Memento Dye Ink: Grape Jelly, Rose Bud
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Warm Sunshine

 

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4 thoughts on “Rainbow Balloons Birthday Card

  1. Super cute card! I really love the colors and the layout. It is so bright and a perfect birthday card! Thank you so much for playing the Lawnscaping Challenge!
    -Samantha

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    1. Thanks so much, Samantha! I am really proud of this card. It took a bit to figure out what I wanted to do, but once I did, I was on a creative roll! 🙂

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  2. You’re right! Anyone would love receiving this card, and I love the scene you created with the die cuts! Thanks for joining our rainbow-inspired challenge at Lawnscaping challenges!

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