IBS balloon release day party...

Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired By Stamping December 2011 release day party, welcome!  If you enjoy what you see, I hope to see you here more!  For those of you who visit me often, I'm so glad to see you here again! Thanks for you support!

The day is finally here where you get to see the whole stamp set I have been working with! Check it out HERE, and you can buy it HERE!

By now you have seen many FABULOUS creations by all the members of the DT... Today I want to share with you a slightly different way of looking at this stamp set. (after all, I love things that can be muli-purposed!)

Let's take a little closer look at those...

Recognize anything? 

 Yup, the flowers are made up of BALLOONS!

Pretty fun, huh!  I'll share a step-by-step at the end of this post for those of you interested in the how-to of it. =)

I hope you have enjoyed our sneak peeks and our party!  Don't for get to visit the other DT blogs for more inspiration!

Also, stop by the Inspired By Stamping blog, and you can order this set HERE, and for a very limited time, you can get free shipping by putting BALLOONS in as the online code... Hurry, this offer is only good today and tomorrow!

(scroll down past the supply list for the tutorial!)


Supplies Used
Paper: My Minds Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle, white cardstock
Ink: Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw), MarkIt (Honey Brown), Zig (Pure Brown)
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "The Sky's the Limit", "Butterfly Wings"
Dies: Spellbinders "Label Six"
Other: buttons, faux pearls, string


Ok.... lets talk balloon flowers!

The first thing you need to notice about this stamp set, is that the balloons are not all the same size... So, you'll need to choose 2 balloons, one bigger than the other, for this technique.

 Step 1: Stamp 5 balloons large balloons, and 5 small balloons. Then cut out just the balloon part. You won't need the basket for this.  I leave just a little border around the edge. You can then distress and ink the edges if you want. 

 Step 2: Glue a small balloon on top of every big balloon. Don't put any adhesive too close to the edge of you balloon so you can have more dimension later.

*For added color, add some ink starting at the bottom of the balloon and going up about half way....(you'll see what I mean in a later step)

 Step 3: Pinch the just the bottom of the balloon in half and gently roll the widest parts of the balloon to the back. 

Step 4: Keeping the bottom pinched, roll the top of the balloon back too... You may need to work it a little, but it is paper, and will do this. 

 Step 5: Cut a small circle of paper (doesn't have to be perfect, you won't see it.  Cover with a strong adhesive, and arrange you petals.

*Notice the ink on the inside... I went back and added that after I had done all my  folding, then had to refold all the petals. =)
Step 6: Add a button or jewel to the center to hide the circle and glue.

You can add more shape and dimension by rolling the edges of the smaller balloons away from the larger ones....

Don't forget the leaves though!
 Step 7: Stamp and cut out another balloon (any size and pattern).  Distress and ink edges as desired.

Step 8: Instead of pinching the bottom of the balloon, pinch the TOP of the balloon, and ad a little glue to hold it in place. 

You can now add your leaves to your flowers, and get creating!



Irit Shalom said…
Love your totally " out of the box" thinking!
Kim Score said…
your flowers are so beautiful! thanks for sharing the tutorial!
Amy Papale said…
So clever, I didn't realize that the flowers were the balloons. Super cute!
~ Kendra ~ said…
BEAUTIFUL balloon flowers Kassi!!
beadz said…
Kassi, girl - these flowers are spectacular! I completely love them! Great job!

Lesley said…
This is awesome, I love how you explained it too in photos. Great cards!
Deb Hickman said…
What a genius idea, they look brilliant and the leaves look fab too.xx
Joannna M. said…
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! This is amazing! This is the most beautiful card and amazing technique ever! xoxo
Jennie Garcia said…
Wow that card is amazingly beautiful!! That tutorial was amazing!! Truly gorgeous!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/
This is sooo cute! Balloon flowers, who'd have know it possible??