Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cheers! Punch-Art Hot Air Balloon hand-stamped card

The summer winds it's way down and with that you can look to the sky to see the many hot air balloons that will be soaring about!  Several Hot Air Balloon Festivals occur here in Southern California and I can't wait!  Since I will be on the ground, looking up in awe and wonder, the skies afloat with colorful, soft flying, whooshes of heated air, this punch-art, hand-stamped card comes to mind.  Join me in creating and celebrating this fun flying time.
Create this punch-art card with:
And Many More stamp set (wood 134273/clear 134276)
Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (113693)
Old Olive card stock (100702)
Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker (120970)
1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850)
Cupcake Builder Punch (121807)
Paper Snips (103579)
SNAIL (Simple, Neat, Affordable, In-Line) adhesive (104332)
 
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I Love that Punch Art makes you look at your tools, from the Framelits and Dies for the Big Shot* or your Punches and create something new!
 
Create a sun - simply adhere, with our SNAIL adhesive, to the card corner. Turn it over and trim off the excess - this creates a cool accent and this bright, colorful, pretty patterned paper mimics the sun with stunning rays basking the sky.

Tool Tip Tuesday:  I Love my punches - and am always bummed when they get 'stuck' or just stop punching like they used to.  A quick and easy way to fix them?? 
~  You can, if they are stuck, stick it in the freezer for a short bit of time.  This can allow the metal to constrict and release.  You may need to allow them to 'drop' from a short distance to pop it loose.
~  If they are jamming, punch a folded (folded 2-4x) a piece of wax paper and then the same to an aluminum foil (folded 2-4x) then the wax paper again.  The wax paper will help to 'grease/coat' the sides.  The aluminum foil will help to sharpen the punch sides to re-sharpen.  You may need to do the foil a few pieces of time.

I use my punches a ton - so when one eventually dies, I am bummed.  Sometimes these tricks don't work - darn - but they have on most of my stamps and it's awesome!  I hope this helps, happy Tool Tip Tuesday!
Here using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, punch out four circles.  Fold, in half, three of the circles and adhere one with two circles on each side - creating a 3 dimensional circle.  Adhere it to the card, all using our SNAIL adhesive.
 
This Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper is so colorful and trendy!  Look around, from signage at Starbucks to décor, color is back as is bold patterns.
 
Punch the basket portion of this Hot Air Balloon with the Cupcake Punch for a cool base to this flying punch-art balloon.  Add these lines using the Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker.  Using the same marker, color the stamp directly with the paint brush tip and apply - just like a stamp pad.  Cheers is a perfect way to celebrate a life like this!!
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From the love of flight to the desire to be in the sky, there are amazing ways to celebrate life and give a feeling - all in a card!  Enjoy the skies - as this month and Fall are sure to fill the skies with colorful and shaped patterned hot-air balloons.  Some day, I hope to ride in the skies in one of these beauties - until then, let me send cards that embrace the beauty of these gentle giants.  Send a hand-stamped, punch-art card that embodies all of this and more - to someone special in your life.
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