Balloons Floating Frame Birthday Cards

by Joanne James8. April 2019 11:30

Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm sharing a card using the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the current colour palette at Fab Friday:


My card features a technique that is currently all the rage and I've been wanting to have a go at - the floating frame technique. This actually means I have two cards for you! Here's the first one:


And here's the second one, featuring the outer frame element:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Floating Frames - The floating frame technique is really easy to create with a few basic tools: some 'Press and Seal' food wrap or similar, a framelit - I used my Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies - and lots of dimensionals! You simply stamp and punch/diecut your images, lay them out, cover with Press and Seal, trim to frame size and cut out your central piece, before adhering dimensionals to the back of the diecut pieces and adhering to your chosen card base. Finally you remove the Press and Seal and your floating shapes remain in place. Jennifer McGuire has a fabulous video on this technique if you want to see one of these cards being made - you can see it here

Birthday Balloons - I've seen some fabulous examples of this technique, mostly using florals, but I was in need of some birthday cards and I thought the colours over at Fab Friday would be perfect for some bright and colourful balloons. I had so much fun making these cards I'm going to make a few more in alternative colour combos too - this is a great card design that would work well for both boys and girls, so makes a great storecupboard standby. I stamped my balloons with one of the stamps in the 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' stamp set before punching them for added interest and I used one of the other balloon stamps in the set to decorate the envelope, as you can see below:

No need for a naked envelope here!

A Birthday Greeting - For my second card, I needed a larger greeting to sit inside my frame so my Well Written Framelits were the perfect choice. I also added an extra balloon for balance, tied with some white baker's twine. The same design could be used with other stamps and sentiments from this set too to make cards for other occasions - how many other combinations can you come up with? 

Here are the visual summaries of the key products used on today's projects for you to pin for easy reference:



You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; we are having a kit clear-out in the playroom today. So far we've made an erupting volcano, an insect hut, a flying helicopter and two solar-powered motorised dinosaurs. You've got to love the Easter holidays! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (7) -

Jacquie Southas
Jacquie SouthasUnited States
4/8/2019 4:38:59 PM #

I love the floating frame! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Heather H
Heather HUnited States
4/8/2019 7:08:35 PM #

Joanne, I love both these cards - what a brilliant technique!  Your balloons look awesome in our colors, too, lol.  Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
4/8/2019 11:16:53 PM #

Sweet cards!  Love all of those balloons in the fun colors, perfect design to show off that technique!  Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!

Jen Brum
Jen BrumCanada
4/9/2019 12:03:55 AM #

This is such a great set of cards!  Love those bright and cheery, floating balloons!  Perfect for celebrating someone's special day!  Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
4/9/2019 1:23:07 AM #

Oh Joanne I love this technique.....and the bright balloons are perfect for it!  Such fun colorful cards!  Glad you joined  us at FMS!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
4/9/2019 1:35:01 PM #

Ack!!!  Could these cards be any cuter??!  I don't think so!  What a fabulous way to use our colors and show off this technique!  And getting 2 cards out of it is great!  This is on my list of techniques to try!  Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
4/10/2019 5:24:52 AM #

Wonderful, Joanne! Love those balloons and colours. I confess that my first attempt at this technique ended up in the bin, so kudos to you for not only getting it working but working so well!

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