Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Awesome Moxie Fab Challenge

In My Beautiful Balloon!!!

I'm loving the Moxie Fab Challenges. They have been so much fun. If you're a paper crafter looking for a fun incentive to make a beautiful card, then head on over to the Moxie Fab World Blog and enter the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge.

Hot air balloons are really ... well, hot right now. There are tons of stamps and digi images available. Or, if you're like me and you don't have a hot air balloon image, you can go over to the Paper Crafts Magazine blog, click on the download link and get a pdf with a pattern to make your own hot air balloon by piecing paper together. I actually took it a step further. I imported the image into my Silhouette Studio cutting software, converted it into a cut file and let my Silhouette do all the work. Die cutting machines will give you a perfect cut almost every time. :-)

I created the sentiment on my computer and then masked it off and inked the edges to give it a more cloud-like effect. I found patterned paper that complemented eachother for my balloon. Many companies make packs of paper designed to be mixed and matched together. I didn't do that this time, but if you're looking for an easy way to mix and match patterned paper, you can certainly take advantage of the packets that come as a set.

The challenge calls paper crafters to use hot air balloons in an innovative way, so I decided to create a surprise pop up card. I wanted the hot air balloon to look like it was floating up off the card. For the pop up card, I found a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers (thanks Beate!) that gives very easy-to-follow instructions.

Front of card

Artsy view of card

Balloon detail

Sentiment detail

The whole enchilada with tag pulled, balloon lifted up and sentiment exposed!!

7 comments :

Alanna Harris said...

wow this is amazing!!

Connie B. said...

Love your balloon. Great job! It seems as though it IS flying...

Tricia said...

How awesome!!

Laura said...

What a beautiful and happy card! So creative.

Brenda said...

gorgeous! Love the colors and patterns you used.

Cath said...

Hey Annette! Thanks for linking this up to the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Jocelyn said...

Seriously? This card blows me away (no pun intended!). Amazing!!

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