I always like to have on hand uplifting cards that I can send as a little surprise to anyone who is in need of a little encouragement (and who couldn’t use a little boost from time to time, right?).

I’ve had this Inky Antics “Balloon Buddies” stamp set for several years and embarrassingly it was only after I did some craft room deep cleaning for my destash (please see prior post HERE forstamp destash info) that I re-discovered these cuties.

I was bound and determined to use them before putting them back into my stash hoard, but it took me a while to remember where I had stowed the accompanying honeycomb papers. When I finally found the specialty papers, I quickly realized, that these honeycombs could be used for any kind of image that was the same on the left and right sides to create a fun and easy pop up (I’ve got a couple of Christmas card idea so stay tuned – hehehe).

Anyway, for this card I decided to Copic color all of the images from the stamp set (except the hot air balloon). I used the following Copic markers to color up the wild but adorable elephants and tigers:

Elephant: W0, W1, W3, W5 and R20
Tiger: E93, E95, E97 and R20
Basket: E30, E31 and E33
Then I fussy cut out the images. I put the close up images of the elephant and tiger on the front, positioning them so that they looked like they were peeking up over a bank of clouds that I punched out with my Fiskars X-large and Large (looks like small) cloud punches. So that the clouds didn’t obstruct too much of the cute critters, I used an X-Acto blade to cut slits above and below the elephant’s trunk and tucked the top of one cloud through the openings. I really like how this made it look like the critters were hugging the clouds. I stamped out a partial sentiment (one word on each cloud), that read, “Just a note…”

Then for the inside of the card, I hand cut out a temporary stencil and blended on Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to make the entire inside background look like a cloud-filled sky. Then I scored and folded the card base down the middle. I also took the elephant and tiger in the hot air balloon basket and scored that down the middle. Next it was a matter of tucking in and gluing down the critters in the basket along the inside center of the card base.

The stamp set came with a template stamp for half of the hot air balloon. So I stamped that onto some honeycomb papers in red, yellow and blue (this made it super thick, but I liked all the color variation; it’s also available in smaller packs like THIS). Then I hand fussy cut the half balloon shapes and glued them together as well as to the card base, positioning it above the critters in the basket. Lastly, in the lower right corner of the inside of the card, I stamped out the rest of the sentiment, “to lift your spirits!”

If I had simply used one honeycomb paper color, I probably could have stopped here, but, of course, I didn’t. Because I used three honeycomb sheets, it made the card very bulky. I wanted to make sure that the card would close properly, so I used a McGill Ribbon Stitch Punch to punch through the card front and the card base back and looped through some sheer teal ribbon, which I tied into a bow on the card front.

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

Please click the following picture to watch the card making process video:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Design Your Own Paper Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Under the Sea or Fairytales Challenge
Cards Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Make Your Own Background Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Wild Things Challenge
MFT Card Sketch Challenge #396

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