Saturday, 23 February 2008

Birthday balloons

I want to show people who have never stamped before that you don’t need a huge amount of equipment to get started. All you need is stamps, ink and paper – and you can get kitted out with Stampin’ Up! for less than £30.

This stamp set, Birthday Best, is perfect for new stampers as it covers lots of different occasions and includes a greeting.

To make this, and dozens of other cards, all you need is the stamps, some black ink, Whisper White cardstock and a pack of assorted Bold Brights cardstock.

I stamped a row of balloons and coloured them with Stampin’ Write markers – although you can colour with whatever you already have. I couldn’t resist highlighting the balloons with a white gel pen but, if you don’t have one, you could just leave a gap in the colouring.

I masked the greeting stamp with some scrap paper so that I inked just the part that reads “happy birthday”. This way you can get lots of mileage out of the one stamp which reads “happy birthday today – happy times all year”.

Stamps: Birthday Best (p34)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers (p70), uni-ball®
Signo white gel pen (p82)

All products by Stampin' Up! Please email me to order a catalogue, or click the link on the right to view it online.


  1. Good example of a simple yet effective card. TFS.

  2. love the color scheme here - cute cute!

  3. Great job on this card. I love the little birthday best set -- it's so very versatile!

  4. love your little touch with the gel pen, great little tip! Very cute card!

  5. Super cute - super simple - simply super. LOVE the little shadow you made on the side of the balloons with the white gel pen! I must remember that. CC

  6. Lovely card so lovely and crisp!


  7. Excellent job. Love the colors.


  8. So nice and simple. I love the way you alternated the height of the balloons.

  9. This is an adorable card!! So simple, but great! I may have to use this idea...I hope I have a balloon stamp! Great blog...nice ideas..Kerilou

  10. Loving the £30 kit - its fab!



Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

The small print

This is my personal blog and my sole responsibility as an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. All images are © Stampin' Up!® All content including photographs, projects and text are © Helen Read, unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to copy my ideas for your personal use and inspiration - if you are a SU demonstrator you may use these ideas for your events but please give credit where it is due. Please do not use my ideas for monetary gain, competitions or publication. The images on this blog - including blog buttons - should not be copied and used elsewhere on the internet or on CDs.