Birthday Balloons | Simon Says Stamp Instagram Hop!

Simon Says Stamp | Be Creative Release

Hi everyone!

We’re having an Instagram Hop! Head over to my Instagram to check out all the inspiration we’re sharing for the Simon Says Stamp “Be Creative” release! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

My Instagram Account is here: Jean.StudioJD

A Little About My Card for the Hop

This was a super easy card to make.  In fact, it happened on accident.  I made two other attempts at this card.  For each of those, I was using different mediums (watercolor markers) and was being super deliberate in my coloring.  I liked the outcome, but it wasn’t what I was looking for in this card.

Just when I was about to ditch the whole idea and move on to something else, I realized I had already-embossed a panel. I didn’t want to waste it, so I just wet the whole panel and started dropping in color willy-nilly here and there without trying to be purposeful. I was so surprised at how beautiful it turned out and decided I needed to keep it.

To make this card:

  1. Heat emboss the image, in white, on watercolor cardstock.
  2. Wet the entire panel and then drop in small amounts of watercolor using a paint brush or water brush. Start light – you can always build the color by letting it dry and then doing it again.
  3. Set the panel aside to dry.
  4. Die Cut the birthday using black cardstock for the word and white for the shadow, and glue them together.
  5. Cut the word “Happy” from a reverse entiment strip and use a black marker to go around the edges so you do not see white.
  6. Once the watercolor panel is dry, trim the edges and adhere to your card front using foam adhesive.
  7. Adhere your sentiments to the card front, popping the “Happy” up on foam.
  8. Add a few sequins for some bling!

Have you had any happy accidents when you were creating?

I hope you were inspired by this project!

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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designer & content creator

I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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