Handmade Birthday Cards with Balloon Adventures

By | January 25, 2017

The Balloon Adventures stamp set, found in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up!, is a perfect stamp set to use for making handmade birthday cards.  It’s got some great greeting stamps, as well as balloon and banner images that can be cut out with coordinating dies.

I love it when we have a new product catalog from Stampin’ Up!   I don’t know about you, but I’m like a kid in a candy store as I look through the catalog for the first time.  It’s always hard for me to decide exactly which products I want to buy.  I looked long and hard at the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823), but in the end decided to purchase other items instead.  Fortunately for me, a fellow demonstrator friend purchased this set and allowed me to borrow it to have some “play time”.  I’m excited to share the outcome with you today.

Here’s the first card I have to share.  The design of this card isn’t original with me.  I’ve seen several other demonstrators make a similar one.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Stamped images (banner and sentiment) are in the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823).
  • I created the balloon themed frame, colored balloons and die cut bow with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753).   Both the stamp set and coordinating framelits can be purchased in a bundle (144708) at a 10% savings.
  • Card color combination (Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, and Tangerine Tango) was taken from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (142738).  I used the Crushed Curry piece of Party Animal designer paper as the background.
  • CARD DESIGN HINT:  If you have difficulty choosing color combinations for your projects, check out the designer papers in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  There’s no need to purchase the paper packs, just use the color combinations in the papers as a starting point for choosing your own colors!!  That’s what I did on this card.
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop up” the Balloon Frame.


Here’s a second card I created.  The background on this card was actually created for another project (one I will share on Monday).  I decided that the confetti was too busy for the original project, so I used it as the starting point of this card.  No sense in wasting a perfectly good background piece!!

Handmade Birthday card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The color combination on this card is the same one I used on my first card.  There’s nothing wrong with repeating a great combination!!
  • Sentiment and confetti stamp is in the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  I used the Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) to cut out the sentiment and a matte.
  • I used the two ribbon/bow like dies found in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753) to create the gift package.  I used the piece without the dangling strips to create the Emerald Envy box.  I cut a Crushed Curry piece using the ribbon die with strips, then attached it over the green loops to make it look like a bow on top of the package.  Don’t you love how these two pieces coordinate together!!
  • The Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141468) was used to add some texture and dimension to the gift package.  I created by own to and from tag.


Here’s the final card I have to share today.

Handmade Birthday Card, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I went with a Black and White color theme for this card.  I might have been adapted this from an idea I found on Pinterest.  I didn’t make myself a note about where the idea came from.
  • Black and white designer paper is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack (138435).
  • Circle is cut with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705). It is approximately 3 inches.
  • The die cut loops are from one of the dies in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (142753).  It is the same one I used to create the loops on the green card stock in the last card.  For this card, I just trimmed down the solid part so it was hidden behind the sentiment.


On Monday I will have two more great ideas using the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. You can purchase it in my online store.  It’s a great stamp set to add to your collection and use when creating handmade birthday cards.

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