The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mr Cardmaker Takes to the Skies

Well, these challenges really seem to have gotten hold of me, and if they get me to do some long-forgotten blogging, then so be it. It ALSO gets me to actually READ some blog posts from other, really fantastic bloggers, so even better!

Today I am playing along with Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge. Cascading diecuts is the challenge this week, and I have gone to the skies with Up Up and Away stamps and dies.

I made this--

I also slid in my cloud dies from Amuse Studio, which I used to both cut and emboss clouds into my background. A bit of sponged white pigment ink on the blue background helps to give some depth and realism.

I kept a pretty tight color pallet here; juicy warm colors against the cool blue sky. What reads as yellow in my photos is actually a bright lime--so much for my camera this time...

I really had fun making the sentiment fit onto my cloud die cuts--of course the masking part took me several tries, since I couldn't seem to remember to take the TAPE off of my stamp before stamping.
I know you know to what I'm referring, if you've ever tried to mask a sentiment stamp. Sometimes, I just thing stamp surgery is much easier...

In really GOOD news, I WAS able to capture my glitter pen in action! Well, at least, mostly...

See? I do love my sparkle, I have to say. Oh, and that green color is more evident here, too...
As you can see, lots of layers with lots of foam adhesive creating levels of interest.

I want to point out the little tiny beige mat under the focal image. I really like that it gives it a bit of gravitas, and gives, especially with that hot pink in there, the feeling that this card could as easily be for a man as for a woman or child of either sex.

Lots of fun with this card! Looking forward to the weeks ahead.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. FABULOUS card Richard! Love all the dimension from the balloons and clouds! A perfect unisex card and great for graduation too with that sentiment! Will look forward to seeing more of your work over at PTI!! :0)

  2. What a fun, cheery and bright looking card! Like how you have the clouds in the background and the way you displayed the sentiment on the clouds. I have this set and was just thinking about selling it...but your card has inspired me to use it again!

  3. Great card design using your pretty sky scene with those wonderful balloons. This is such a fun look!

  4. Wonderful card...just love your colorful hot air balloons!

  5. What a great idea to have cascading hot air balloons! Fabulous card!

  6. I cam feel them floating from here. Great card, well done!

  7. WOW! Where have you been!?
    Previous posts, and this card are fantastic!

  8. Great card! There's so much wonderful dimension and gorgeous colors - love it!


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