Well they say there is a first for everything and today I’m honored to be part of the 5th Birthday Bash Blog Hop for Neat & Tangled. Neat & Tangled, if you recall, is the company responsible for the Polygon Cover Plate die, and that die was yet one more stone in my Path to Becoming Obsessed with Cardmaking (see this post for the evidence!) So when they asked if I’d be interested in joining the blog hop, my answer was an unequivocal Oh, HELL to the yes!
I am pretty new to the whole stencil thing, and this balloon duo set was my kind of set: simple and easy to use! I decided to use watercolor cardstock because I wanted to use Distress Oxides and a little water. I figured it’d keep my paper less warp-y. I taped down one stencil, used a mini blending tool, and just filled in ink color. Then I moved the stencil around and repeated the process.
Once the balloons were in place, I used my Distress Sprayer to spritz a bit of water onto the paper. Once it was dry, I cut it out using one of my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies (the 4.5 x 3.25 size).
Next I stamped the word ‘hooray’ using my Misti Tool (because honestly I cannot stamp a clean image without that thing! #getafrickinmisti) using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide to match the balloons. I stamped it two times to get a nice solid image. Again, only possible because of the genius of the Misti. Once the ink was dry I used the coordinating die to cut out the title.
The final step was to cut a stitched panel from some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock that was 4.25 x 5.5 to mount onto a 4.25 x 5.5 card base cut from some Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock. I love using the heavier cardstock to build my cards on. You think you don’t need two weights. Oh, but that is where you are wrong, my friends.
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Neat & Tangled is giving away (1) $100 gift certificate and (2) $50 gift certificates to the Neat & Tangled Shop! Winners will be chosen from among all the comments left throughout the week-long blog hop! So leave a comment today and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 13th on the Neat & Tangled blog.
VISIT THE OTHER BLOGS IN TODAY’S HOP!
Be sure to check out these blogs today! You can enter at each one for additional chances to win!
1. Neat and Tangled
2. Simon Says Stamp (Shari Carroll)
3. Amy Rysavy
4. Kristina Werner