CTC 110: Party Animal – Balloon Adventures

Published by under cards | Jan 08 2017

Welcome back to the first CASEing the Catty of 2017.

How exciting! A new year, new products, plenty of new ideas and inspiration, a brand new challenge Facebook group, and even a new CTC crew member (welcome Mel!).

We’re kicking it off for this year with a fun suite – Party Animal – which you can find on pages 4-7 of the new Occasions Catalogue.

Party Animal Suite - pages 4-5 of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue

I chose the¬†‘quick & easy’ card on the bottom of page 4 for mine, but stepped it up by adding a few extra layers and elements. The card features the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer bundle (stamps and coordinating framelit dies).

Here’s the original from the catalogue…

Page 4 of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue by Stampin ' Up!


And here is my interpretation:


Colours are Emerald Envy and Crushed Curry, as above, but I’ve also introduced Watermelon Wonder to my version.



Same, but different! ūüėČ

I used some of the thinlits dies from the fabulous Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits to add layers to the balloon, and then topped it with a thick coating of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen.




When it dries it forms a fabulously glossy and hard coating.



How awesome are those little layering bits for the balloon? Wow!

142753 - Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

These lovely bright colours really called for¬†the full impact of a good inking¬†from a¬†Classic Stampin’¬†pad,¬†rather than Stampin’ Write markers. Can you work out how?

Yes, the tape masking method!


Tape Masking Technique

You can use washi tape or¬†sticky tape, and if there’s enough ‘tack’ you can even use post-it notes.

Simply use the tape to mask off an area of the stamp, tap-tap-tap onto the ink pad, remove the tape (leaving the protected area uninked), then stamp! Too easy.

It’s a great alternative to using Stampin’ Write Markers to apply ink onto the stamp – especially if using photopolymer stamps which are a little trickier to ‘marker’.

Note: This technique lends itself best to¬†photopolymer stamps but if you’re using rubber stamps then you’ll probably need to pull out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool for perfect placement.

I’ve used different colours in this ‘pictorial tutorial’, but the result is the same.
Step 1.

Ink the entire stamp in the lighter ink colour, and stamp on to the Whisper White cardstock. Clean stamp.

Step 2.

Place tape over the parts of the stamp that you want to mask.

Step 3.

While the tape is still on the stamp, tap it onto the surface of the ink pad.

Step 4.

Peel off and throw away the tape.¬†Do it carefully, there’ll be lots of ink!. The masked area will have no ink on it.

Step 5.

Now stamp this image over the top of the original impression.

Photopolymer stamps are perfect for this, but if you are working with rubber you might need to pull out your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

What an awesome, vivid result, and it really has such an impact. Best of all – quick and easy.

Helpful Hints:

  • Don’t worry too much if your images don’t line up exactly. It’s nice to have a bit of shadowing underneath.
  • If your colours don’t layer nicely like the example above, you’ll just need to add in an extra step where you mask off some of the stamp so there is no overlap of ink. That’s how I achieved the look below, using¬†Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder¬†inks.


Well that’s all from me this week, but I hope you enjoy checking out all the fabulous projects shared by the CASEing the Catty crew.

Click on the button below to visit the next stop on the hop which is our brand new crew member, Mel Pagano. Don’t forget to leave her some comment love! And if you get lost along the way, just click here.


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10 responses so far

10 Responses to “CTC 110: Party Animal – Balloon Adventures”

  1. Rebecca Son 08 Jan 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Oh I love your version better than the catalogue version!! So lovely.

  2. Julia Quinnon 08 Jan 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Thankyou fur sharing the great tutorial in the tape masking technique. I love the full colour you’ve achieved. And I love the glossy finished balloon. It looks brilliant.

  3. Judy Mayon 08 Jan 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Great card, Simone. Love the bright colour combo you’ve used and your glossy balloon looks super. Will have to give that a try.

  4. Rachel Palmierion 08 Jan 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I really appreciate you pointing out the easier way to get the two-colour sentiment, I love the look but sometimes think it is too much trouble. Love your cards, slightly stepped-up from the original.

  5. Mel Paganoon 09 Jan 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the welcome Simone. Love this card and the gorgeous effect of the fine tip glue. I will definitely have to try your technique for the lettering! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Kelly Kenton 09 Jan 2017 at 12:41 am

    I just love your stepped up version of the catalogue card Simone – fabulous!!! And a great reminder about how cool FTG is. Kelly x

  7. Triciaon 09 Jan 2017 at 10:24 am

    Oh Simone, this card is so sweet. I struggle with that balloon from the set being a tad trypophobic! Thanks for the great tips, your masking really makes this card special.

  8. addinktivedesignson 13 Jan 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Oh Simone, you always have some inspiring tips. This card is a great stepped up version of the one in the catty.

  9. Jackieon 14 Jan 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Oh what a fab CASE Simone & so many great tips! Love love love your shiny balloon!

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