Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Paper Players and Inkspirational: Birthday

The Inkspirational challenge for this month is "birthday".   July isn't a big birthday month for my family and friends (almost everybody I know is March or November!)  However, there is one big one - and I mean big.  My husband's birthday is this weekend and it's one of those big round numbers ending in a zero.  He's not happy about it.

Making cards for him is not fun.  I think he'd be happiest if I printed happy birthday across the front - no color, no decorations.  But I couldn't let this birthday go by without a few balloons and maybe even a few sequins.  I was thrilled when I saw the challenge at The Paper Players because I realized negative space would add the interest that I wanted without a lot of the fluff that he wouldn't want.

Birthday Balloons

I did a variety of negatives - then I popped a few other die cuts with different thicknesses of adhesive. I used a variety of small patterns in my negative space.  I even added a few silver sequins, although he will notice and comment on them - "too much bling!"

Birthday Balloons Flat

Thanks to the following challenges for inspiration (links above)!

Dies: WPlus9 Happy Birthday die, Lil' Inker Designs Balloon Builders
Paper: Doodlebug 6x6 Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints and Dot-Grid-Daisy-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh Silver Stars


  1. What a great way to make a card for a guy using the negative space! Good thinking, it has enough interest and fun for you to make and still not too fussy for him. I think you have made a great design and thanks for sharing with Ink

  2. This is just gorgeous,love the fab

  3. Love the negative space! This is terrific Kim and I think your hubby will love it!

  4. The negative spaces really do add so much texture and yet the card is still so CAS. Great take on the challenge. So glad you joined us at the paper Players this week

  5. One of *the* most handsome cards EVER, Kim! From the palette, to the images, to the negative space: masculine marvelous in every way. I'm sure you'll get a smile from your husband when you give this too him and, thought he might not 'say' so, I know he'll adore it, as do I! Thrilled you shared this delight in the Ink gallery...

  6. Congrats for getting top picks at Ink


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