Birthday Balloons …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a card that I have “stepped up” from the Simply Sunday card I posted …


On Sunday’s card I stamped a single balloon, today’s card we have multiple balloons. This is done by the “Masking Technique”.

Here are the step by step instructions …

1]   Stamp image on card stock.

2]   Stamp it again on a piece of scratch paper.

3]   Cut carefully around the scratch paper image, cutting just inside the lines; this will be your mask.

4]   Place the mask on top of the card stock image.

5]   Stamp another image over a portion of the mask to create layered, interacting images.

6]   Remove the mask to see the finished look.

7]   To stamp a partial image, use tape to cover the part of the stamp you don’t want to appear, ink the stamp, remove the tape, and stamp the image.

To ensure that the mask stays in place, stamp image on a Post-It® note.

Here is my “Stepped Up” card using the Masking Technique …


When you stamp your secondary balloons – you go over the first, your mask will cover (protect) the first balloon. Your secondary balloons will appear as if they are behind the first one!  It’s so cool and so easy to do.

Just like the first card, I used the “Party Wishes” stamp set and the “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper Stack. I added highlights to the balloons using the “Chalk Pen” and then covered the balloons with Crystal Effects.

I used the Bow Builder punch to get the cute little edges on my birthday banner. Just because it’s a punch to create bows … don’t let that stop you from finding other ways to use it!!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card … I thank you for checking it out.

Have a wonderful day today!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …


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