A big, red balloon was the perfect image for a birthday card for my boss: bright, cheerful and uplifting.
As usual, I went to Pinterest for ideas and found Jennifer McGuire Ink and her cute and simple balloon cards, which I pretty much copied for the card front.
Since this was a red-letter birthday (she turned 40), I wanted something extra special on the inside: more balloons! I found more inspiration on Pinterest with a link to this tutorial video by Valita. Too bad that I jumped in without thinking and ended up having a few challenges with the card, but I’ll get to those later.
Open the card…
Gold thickers looked great for the number 40.
The mistakes I made include:
- Heavy watercolor paper for the card – It doesn’t hold the creases as well as a thinner, more standard card stock
- Double-sided tape that wasn’t strong enough – I ran out of my super-sticky tape and used some Scotch tape and it wasn’t strong enough.
- No balloon-shaped punch – Not a mistake, really, but each balloon is two pieces, so that meant tracing and cutting out 22 balloons
- Acetate that was too lightweight – I used a sheet of acetate that is used for copying and it was too flimsy to hold the balloons up, so I had to score and fold two creases in each piece with was fiddly and made them more rigid than I would have liked.
In spite of all of this, I’m pleased with how the card turned out.
Thanks for your visit.