Hooray | By Laurie Schmidlin

Hi there!  It’s Tuesday again, and that means we are sharing something creative with you here on the blog!

I’m sharing two of my favorite things with you – stitched die cuts and ink blending!  The new Party Balloon Dies is a wonderful set that is full of endless possibilities, and that stitching detail along the edge is the perfect detail!


I started by die cutting three different balloon sizes out of white cardstock.


I then applied ink to each balloon, making sure to blend darker color at the tops.  I also sponged ink onto a piece of watercolor paper for the background.  I used Distress Inks as they are very reactive to water, but other water based inks will work as well.


To create texture, I sprinkled on clear water to each layer, let it sit for a few seconds, and then gently dried it with a paper towel.  After each layer had dried, I splattered on some I coordinating watercolor paint.  I wanted just a bit more depth on the background layer so after the turquoise paint was dry I splattered on a bit of white paint.


I was on such a roll with adding texture that I just had to add some more!  :-). I applied some clear glaze to the tops of the balloons and then sprinkled with a fine prisma glitter.


For the sentiment, I used a couple of stamps from the Hooray for Everything stamp set.  The Hooray is die cut using the coordinating Hooray for Everything Die Set.

Thanks so much for joining me here today!



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