Thursday, June 7, 2012

from hearts to hot air balloons

The Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday challenge this week is to use punches in your design. Check out their blog and play along for great prizes!

I will admit I go to dies more often than punches these days, but have a couple baskets full of punches that like to come out and play.

Splitcoast Stampers recently had a tutorial on what they called a "honeycomb shapes" technique and I decided to use my heart punch to create a hot air balloon.

The smaller balloons are made with a Fiscars heart punch.

I folded the hearts in half with the pattern I wanted to show on the inside.

I then snipped off the bottom of the hearts and started adhering them together.

I put 7 or 8 hearts together to create my dimensional hot air balloon and then adhered the finished balloon to the card front panel.

The balloons will always be open when the card is out, but will close flat for mailing.

The largest basket is made from a heart I freeformed - I didn't have a punch or die the size I wanted (hmm, do I need to go shopping?).

The baskets are also freeformed from scraps and the ropes are just pen lines.

The front sentiment is yet another one from the PTI Mega Mixed Media stamp set and the sentiment inside the card is from the My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings stamp & die set.

All the designer papers are from the MME Indie Chic collections - either Nutmeg or Ginger.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. I saw their tutorial, also, but haven't tried it yet. You did a great job with it--love your card!

  2. Love your idea of using the hearts for the balloons. And the MFT sentiment is perfect for the card.

  3. Love it. I saw several tutorials on this technique and confess that I was not "into" this honeycomb look...until I saw these balloons!!!! Fantastic!

  4. Love these they are so special on a card too!! :)

  5. I just love how you used this technique. Soooooooooooooooo adorable. TFS.

  6. great project!! love what you did with the punch!! Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs.

  7. Jacque - love your hot air balloons of love!! I watched the tutorial this week too and hope to play soon. I have two more graduation cards to make so I may borrow your design for them! Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!


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