Balloon Celebration Birthday

I’m still totally on a watercolour kick!

I just cannot get enough of colouring, I actually used an Aqua painter on this card, something I don’t do all that often. I tend to reserve my Aqua painters for watercolour backgrounds as I prefer the control of a ‘real’ paintbrush for more detailed work, however I really wanted a watery effect on this card.

Balloon celebration birthday card using Stampin' Up! UK products

The colour combination here is Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Pool Party. After stamping the balloons from Balloon Celebration in Archival Basic Black ink I coloured the Calypso Coral balloons first, then the Mint Macaron ones – allowing one colour time to dry before painting the next. Saying that I didn’t leave the largest balloon long enough as you can see an element of ‘bleeding’ – where the ink runs and blends into the next ink colour.

Once the balloons were dry the card needed something extra and so I added a background of Pool Party in a watercolour wash to help ‘ground’ the balloons onto the card. The final touch was a hint of Wink of Stella in Clear on the Blushing Bride Balloons although my camera hasn’t picked this up at all! I’m still really struggling to get crisp photos, might have a play with the camera again this afternoon

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