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Video: Shaped Balloon Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Today I am part of the Simon Says Stamp Spring Release Blog Hop… showcasing some of the newest SSS products. My video shows some of the goodies… along with tips for creating a shaped balloon card and more…

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I love shaped cards. For this balloon, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Balloon dies. Isn’t that the perfect balloon shape? I then created the shiny dots by first inking over the new dot stencil with the fabulous new Surf Blue Ink… and then adding a coat of clear embossing paste. I love the results!

I also used new stamp greetings – both the SSS Stripe Greetings and Birthday Messages sets – with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I also covered the die cut stars with the same embossing so they matched perfectly.

I coated baker’s twine with Matte Multi Medium so that it could form it into the loops. Dries and holds perfectly! And this card fits nicely into a 5″x7″ envelope. Woot!

I have some more ideas for ya:

I used just a few of the many new products that Simon Says Stamp just released. So many great things! (You can see them all HERE.) But I had to point out one thing – the new inks and cardstocks. I really like the SSS inks because they have the same properties as the Hero Ink that I love so much – giving smooth results. (I have a video on these inks HERE.) And the new colors? They are the best yet. The cardstocks are perfection, too. I did a QUICK comparison here to other inks I use often… but I will be back with a better comparison soon. (Remember – colors may be off on the screen. But a comparison can still be made. The SSS Surf Blue and Audrey Blue are slightly more blue then the Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool. I really like them all! But I am a big fan of pools/teals and pinks.)

Now please head on over to my dear friend and favorite cardmaker, Debbie Hughes. She is amazing! (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, please head to the SSS blog.)


Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every blog in the hop. That’s 17 different chances to win! So leave a comment here by 6:00pm EST on 2/27/14 and cross your fingers. :) The winners will be posted on the SSS blog on 2/28/14. Good luck!