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Birthday Balloons with Iron-Off Technique

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BalloonHi everyone!

I’m back with another card featuring the use of heat embossing. As I’ve been taking on the HeatWave class over at OnlineCardClasses and have been enjoying breaking out these powders for some fun takes on cards. For this

For this card, I wanted to use the iron-off technique as an alternative method in masking off my stamping. I first stamped the images I wanted to be in the foreground and then added a clear embossing over them. Then, I continued stamping my image being sure to overlap the embossed images. Since the embossing powder is sleek it resists ink and therefore made the second set of stamped images look like they are behind the first. To remove ink off of the clear embossed images I simply used a baby wipe and cleaned off as much ink as I could.

To iron-off the embossing powder, I sandwiched my project between a towel and a piece of paper. As I ironed over my project the embossing powder melts itself again and sticks to the scrap paper rather and removes itself entirely from the project. This leaves just the stamping and vibrant colors to show.

I love this technique in that it is an easy method at masking and is pretty precise at it as well. To finish the project off I added some detailed stamping and trimmed down my stamped piece.

Here’s a look at how the entire project came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Feel free to leave any questions or comments on projects you would like to see in the future!

Folding Card Ideas – 3 Fold Card

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Hi All,

I’m back with another card idea for you. This one is inspired by a book I received called “Folding Card Ideas (I believe you can find the book on Amazon). Although this  book is jam packed with card ideas & drawings, there are little to no instructions on how to create the cards. So I put together a little card sketch of this one & guide you through the assembly.

Here’s the finished look.

TriFold Card 1

Here’s a video on how it was created & the card sketch I used to create this card!


Cardstock: Bazzil Marshmallow white, Neenah Desert Storm, and Bazzil (teal textured)
Die-Cuts: My Minds Eye Birthday Girl & Birthday Boy Collection
Glitter Brush: Wink of Stella Clear
White Pen: Uniball Signo Broad White Gel Pen
Vellum: K&Co. Vellum Adhesives

Happy Birthday – Balloons

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Hi all,

For today’s card I wanted to play with some different techniques and I think the results are quite charming. The balloons were stamped on watercolor paper and colored in with watercolor pencils. I love working with pencils over a paint palette because it makes me feel like I have much better control on my canvas. I used a water brush to do my actual blending. The lacy designs on top and bottom were created using Japanese style washi tape.

Happy Birthday


Card Base: Hero Hues Notecard

Paper: DCWV & Strathmore watercolor paper

Stamp: Stampendous – Birthday Wishes

Ink : Momento Tuxedo Black

Watercolors : Derwent Inktense Pencils

Washi Tape: Recollections? (There was no label to be found on the package)

For A Special Day – Birthday Card

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Hi all,

For today’s card I have another Birthday/ Special day card that I created for the Etsy shop. I love the simplicity of this card, and although it’s hard to tell through pictures, it is super dimensional and fun in person. I think the extra patterns to each balloon really gives the card an added pizzaz.


For A Special Day - Birthday Card


Card Base: Hero Arts Notecard – Neutrals

Paper: My Mind’s Eye and Authentique scraps

Stamp: TPC Studio , Simon Says Stamp

Stickles : Ranger Diamond Stickles