January Card of the Month: Balloon Birthday Card

January’s card of the month is a birthday card.  As I have mentioned before, I like to make several cards at a time assembly line style, and January is a good time to make sure I have a good chink of the birthday cards I will need throughout the year ready to go.  Besides, making cards is a good inside activity, and I have been too cold lately to want to leave the house at all.  Building up my birthday card inventory inside where it is cozy and where there is college basketball on the tv is a much more desirable option than venturing outside in the bitter cold for even just a few minutes and then spending the next 6 or more hours trying to stop shivering.

I rediscovered this balloon birthday card while looking through my card files.  The colors on it reminded me of January so I decided to use it for the January card of the month.  (Although any color scheme would work of course!)

January Card of the Month: Balloon Birthday Card

January Card of the Month: Balloon Birthday Card

I cut out 3 balloon shapes using my Cricut.  I used some fun papers I had in my paper scraps bin.  One was a green velum and one was a pearlized pale green – both perfect for balloons!  The third was a coordinating green and blue stripe.  For the background I chose a light blue card stock that matched the striped balloon.  I cut it to 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ and folded it in half.  I attached strings to the backs of the balloons using glue dots.  Then I attached the balloons to the front of the card with adhesive.  After the balloons were positioned and attached the way I wanted them, I tied the 3 strings together in a knot at the bottom of the card.

Balloon Birthday Card Inside

Balloon Birthday Card Inside

For the inside I stamped some Happy Birthday balloons with light blue on white using a very old Stampin’ Up stamp and matted it with the green vellum and pearlized green from the front of the card.  I finished it off with photo corners punched out of the green and blue striped paper.

A cute card and a fun way to use up extra bits of paper and experiment with different color and pattern combinations.

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