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!


1,191 CommentsSimon Says Stamp, Videos

  1. Vivian C.

    Excellent video! The balloon die set was a great idea.

  2. Marlene Michelle Hedemand-Grarup


  3. Bethany

    I LOVE your card! Thanks for sharing!

  4. karine boivin

    Wow! You amaze me everytime! Awesome card!

  5. Maria Elliott

    Love love love the balloon and think it would make a perfect card for my bestie.

  6. Mel H

    What a lovely card. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Maye M. L

    Love this balloon card. Head over heels for the new SSS release.
    I also enjoy learning your card making tricks, e.g covering the twine with
    adhesive for giving it shape and using cable hooks to keep the spoons inside
    the embossing powder containers. Fun & practical. Cheers

  8. Courtney Taylor

    I always love your ideas. Thanks for a chance to win!

  9. Kathy

    Such a fun card.

  10. Jessica Walter

    Such beautiful colors love your cards :)

  11. I just love those balloon dies!!!! Awesome!

  12. Janet Condon

    I love the creativity that goes into this

  13. Mary O

    Fun Birthday shaped card!!

  14. Ann Marie

    Such a great birthday card! Thanks!

  15. So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Dominique Franco

    Great card! I always love the combination of blue + silver together!

  17. Colleen

    Wow what a great card, I will need to get all these items so I can make a card like this!!

  18. Colleen

    Wow what a great card, I will need to get all these items so I can make a card like this!!

  19. Wendy K

    What a beautiful card!

  20. Jbradyreed

    Beautiful card! I love the use of the stencil. Thanks!

  21. Lindsey S.

    LOVE how you made the balloon card. I watched the video. it is so helpful! love how you did the string.. and all of the embossing

  22. Mabel Sim

    So cute!!! I hope I can get the supplies and make something like that too! ;)

  23. Liza Perron

    Love all the new products!

  24. Patricia Race

    Love all the new releases and as always the wonderful card creations! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Ali T.

    Your endless creativity never ceases to amaze me…LOVE the idea of a balloon-shaped card!

  26. I just love this die! And what a fun idea to add the twine that way :)

  27. I love the balloon, I love the satrs !! I love it all !!!!

    Hugs from France

  28. Jeannie L

    Awesome video with lots of inspiration. Love the fun balloon die and I love how you add the curls to the twine. Loving the new SSS releases as well. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Michele M

    Love the shaped card and all the tips & techniques, especially the tips about the string and embossing the star shapes! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Marisol Martinez

    Great balloon Birthday card!! I’m glad I found your youtube channel and blog! I never knew that much about stamping, let alone card-making

  31. Gorgeous card, love the balloon dies :)

  32. Emily H

    This is awesome! I love it!

  33. Diane Morris

    I absolutely love this balloon card. And, the shaped string is an awesome finishing touch. Thank you!

  34. Emma Rocha

    Love it!!

  35. J’adore cette carte e tla couleur!

  36. Leslie Maynard

    You make awesome cards Ms Maguire – this balloon set is so versatile and would suit so many different occasions – love it!

  37. Hello, I want to subscribe for this blog to take hottest
    updates, thus where can i do it please help out.

  38. Terri Twin

    Hi Jennifer, I really enjoy all your videos. I am new to stamping/cardmaking and I have only tried a few cards so far. Looking forward to trying more new to me things. Terri

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