Three Fun Ideas for a Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello, friends!

Svitlana is here. Hope your weekend got off to a good start.

Today, I'm sharing three cards featuring the recently released Up & Away set (which includes stamp, die, and coloring stencil sets). This product features two hot air balloon images, an image of a couple, and several sentiments.
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I love playing with Altenew coloring stencils – they're so fun to align, blend ink through, and then gasp when you remove a stencil and see the result. So for my first card, I went right away to make a balloon using the coloring stencil set.

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First, I stamped the balloon onto a Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and colored it using the Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink. Then I applied different sections of the coloring stencil sheet onto the stamped image to color its different areas. For coloring, I used the Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, and Mocha Crisp Dye Inks.

I used the Detailed Blending Brushes for coloring; for this particular image, the detailed ones were quite handy.

After I finished coloring, I die cut the balloon using the matching die.

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I used the Cloud Scene Stencil along with the Sea Breeze and Turquoise Crisp Dye Inks to build the background onto a white panel. 06192021 Up Away Cloud Scene Stencil 03

Then I stamped a sentiment onto the panel using the same inks.

The panel was foam mounted onto a white card base and the balloon was popped up on top.


The second air balloon image from the set is a larger one and can totally qualify as a background stamp. I used it in this role on my second card.

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First I stamped the couple onto a white panel using the Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink and then colored it using Artist Markers. Next, I made the corresponding die-cut out of a Masking Paper and applied it onto the couple.

Then I stamped the balloon using the Icy Water Crisp Dye Ink and blended the same ink onto the panel using the Ink Blending Tool. I did more heavy handed blending in the top part going lighter towards the middle part. I didn't do any blending in the bottom third of the panel.

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I also added Pure White Ink Spray splatters onto the panel.

After that, I stamped the sentiment in the bottom part of the panel in black and foam mounted it onto a white card base.


An air balloon image is obviously meant to be used “somewhere in the air” and when I think about up there the slimline size card sounds like the best fit.  The last card I made using mostly the Watercolor 36 Pan Set and it was quite therapeutic to make.

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I cut a slimline panel out of a 9″ x 12″ Watercolor Paper sheet and clear embossed the balloon onto it using the Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder.

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After that, I watercolored the balloon and hand colored the clouds on the panel. I'm not even close to an expert in watercoloring, but this was very easy to do. I simply scribbled cloud edges with watercolor pigment and then washed them out to make softer.

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When I finished watercoloring, I stamped the sentiment using the sentiment using the Obsidian Pigment Ink onto the panel, which in turn was foam mounted onto a white card base.

Hope you like ideas I shared today. I had a lot of fun playing with this set.

Have a great weekend!


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Nancy Probst June 19, 2021 - 11:18 AM

Beautiful cards! I especially love the watercolored slimlibe card.

Maureen Reiss June 20, 2021 - 8:14 PM

Fabulous cards!!!!

tara prince June 23, 2021 - 12:52 PM

such pretty cards!!


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