Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge #9 – Time To Split!

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge #9 – Time To Split!

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Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge!  We’re a so excited to be sharing this hop with you. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!®  Catalogues*. Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping!

Today’s sketch was designed by talented Karen from Lilliputcrafts.


I have to admit I was stumped when I saw this sketch, and my mind just went blank for a moment. The sketch is great, absolutely. But I guess all the excitement about OnStage, swaps, new catalogue etc really played on my mind 😉 But two days ago? Eureka! A lightbulb moment 😀 OK, enough of my ramblings – here’s my take on the sketch:

Balloon Celebration

I don’t know if this technique has any name, but I’ve noticed that splitting your card fronts is quite a big trend lately. And I really wanted to give it a go. And as unusual it is for me, I only used one stamp set to make my card: Balloon Celebration. Shock, right?! 😉

Balloon Celebration 2

The base of my card is A6 top folded Very Vanilla because I run out of Whisper White when making my swaps for OnStage…oops 😉 Actually the last piece of WW (4″ x 5-6/8″) I’ve used to create panel for this card., seriously haha

First, I stamped the circles (quite overlooked stamp in Balloon Celebration set) in Versamark and heat embossed them in white. Next, I took Wisteria Wonder ink pad and swoosh it through the panel until it was all covered in beautiful lavender colour. This technique seems to add texture to the card as it’s not flat solid colour.

Balloon Celebration 3

To add even more texture I sprinkled some water on my panel. I love to watch how ink reacts with water. Remember, for this cool effect, you have to sprinkle your water as soon as possible. And you have to immedately wipe off the water with paper towel. Otherwise, you will ruin your panel. Ask me how do I know 😉 When my panel was dry I cut it: the wider piece, with circles, measures 4″ x 2-1/2″ and the other piece measures 4″ x 1″.

Balloon Celebration 4

The split we’ve got left is the perfect spot for our sentiment. I’ve used this cool “let us celebrate” balloon string. I attached the panels with dimensionals. Next, I stamped and punched two balloons from a piece of Very Vanilla (one small and one large), glued them together, and add them above the split. So it looks like the sentiment is actually a string hanging from balloons 😉 I love it! I stamped the inside of my card too.

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Do you like my project?! If so please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you!

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Now, be sure to hop along and see more inspiring projects. Your next stop is Suzanne’s blog  go and see what she has made for you.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!


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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angelina (Intatwyne Designs)
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:22:20

    Very Nice Anna, I’ve been playing with split cards this week too. lol I keep forgeting about the balloon strings there really cute.



  2. Keren Howell
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:24:43

    Very clever! Love the card Anna.



  3. Kathleen Rintoul-Waite
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:49:55

    Love your inking technique! Definitely going to try that. I love the split front card style too, and your card demonstates it beautifully.

    Kathleen x



  4. littleowlscrafts
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:21:53

    Lovely card Anna x



  5. Karen McDonald
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 14:53:24

    I love this card, Anna – I like how yours is a ‘reverse’ effect with the panel to the side with you using a split technique. Fabulous xx



  6. Jillian
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 17:24:45

    Stunning card Ania xx



  7. sallystampers
    Apr 24, 2016 @ 08:13:32

    Lovely card Ania. Really like the ‘split’ front. Great.xx



  8. Justyna (Perfect Crafts)
    Apr 24, 2016 @ 18:48:04

    Beautiful Card Ania xx



  9. Sam Charlton
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 07:07:28

    Lovely card Anna, I need to use this set more xx



  10. craftystamping
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 10:18:27

    Lovely card Anna – I love Very Vanilla its my favourite as card bases.



  11. whiteflagdesigns
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 13:55:01

    I adore this card!! I am definitely going to give this technique a go xx



  12. StampinbyHannah
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 14:44:30

    Great card Anna! I love the spilt panel effect, might have to give it another go shortly 🙂



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