There are very few things that make me smile like hot air balloons! Ever since I was a girl, they've held a special place in my heart. When I was really little, the song "Up, Up and Away" made me think of my dad - he must have really liked it or something (I'm going to have to ask him about that!). When Nichole showed me her ideas for this Up, Up & Away set, I was positively giddy! I loved the designs of the balloons and knew they would be a blast to color.
One question I get quite often is the order in which to stamp and die cut with Papertrey's great dies. I think it is much easier to die cut first, then stamp - which is made even simpler by the clear nature of the stamps. For this, I die cut, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and then I chose the Hibiscus Burst Copic Trio to color this in. The Trios make it really easy to get some great shading effects - you don't even need a colorless blender to create this fun look. I like to color with the lightest, add some of the darkest, then go back with the light (or the medium, depending on the look) to pull some of the darker color into the light area. These blend so well that it makes it easy!
On the background of this card, I used the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate for a great, subtle texture. When I stamped the clouds from this set onto it, it once again gave that light, airy feel to it that I have really grown to love! The sentiment is from the companion sentiment set. To finish it off, I added a little ribbon and a length of cardstock cut with the Eyelet Lace Border Die. (Too darn cute!) That's just about it - and it makes me smile! ;)
I hope you have an amazing weekend! Be well.