She also asked me if I would do more of a step by step and as baby slept really really well when I was making them, I had some more time to take photos as I went. Hope it makes sense!
Step 1 - I wanted the cards to be bright and cheerful and as I don't have enough Copic Markers to colour the balloon animals as I would like, I chose to ink them onto some Lawn Fawn Let's Polka papers using Memento Tuxedo Black. It's a technique that Lucy Abrams uses with great effect.
Step 2 - I then took the matching dies and placed them round the stamped images and secured them with some Washi tape.
Step 3 - I die cut them out two at a time - I find I don't get enough pressure sometimes with smaller dies if I do too many at once, especially as the die cutting machine cuts best on the top left hand corner!
Step 4 - Once the pieces were die cut out, I trimmed some white card to a size slightly smaller than the pre-cut cards I use. I like 9x13cm, as the cards are 10.5x14.75cm in size.
Step 5 - I like the corners rounded sometimes, so as I don't have a corner rounder, I use the one on the WRMK Envelope Punch board! Works just fine for me at the moment :)
Step 6 - I wanted some nice paper as a background, so I chose some coordinating papers from the Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie collection. I trimmed it to fit the front of my card blank, as it's a 6x6" pad.
Step 7 - I then used some double sided tape to stick it down on the card front. I would love an ATG tape dispenser, but that will be in November's Simon Says Stamp purchase!
Step 8 - There are some balloon strings in the stamp set, so I positioned the balloons and stamped the strings underneath, then with some more double sided tape stuck the balloons on top.
Step 9 - I wanted to add their names, so stamped them on the front underneath in some little letters I got in Hobbycraft.
Step 10 - I didn't want the sentiment on the outside as it would be too cluttered, so I stamped them on the inside.
Step 11 - I wanted a little bit of dimension, but it needed to be firm as it's going in the post to Europe, so I used some fun foam on the back of the panel. It's such a genius idea thanks Jennifer McGuire! Love how you can see my knees in this photo! It's so professional ;)
Step 12 - Done!
A better picture of the cards. Decided not to colour the words, as I liked the clean look.
Supplies: CB Best Birthday Stamps and Best Birthday Dies; Lawn Fawn Let's Polka and Let's Polka Mon Amie 6x6 paper pad; Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad; Hobbycraft Outline Alphabet
Well done on getting to the bottom of this post. Hope you found it helpful/interesting, and as always, have a great weekend!