Hello, I am Virginia Lu (Yes, Virginia...) from Canada. I'm blessed with two wonderful adult children and a loving and supportive husband. In my little world, I love creating cards, traveling and making yummy food. I am currently on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge DT and am the host/founder of Virginia’s View Challenge. I discovered stamping nearly 20 years ago and has been fascinated by it. I have entered countless challenges and contests, with many trials and errors (and some success). But no matter how good I feel about each card, I strive to make the next one better! Being passionate about trying new techniques that intrigue, I love to share ideas and creations in my blog. I truly appreciate the fellow card-maker/bloggers' positive feedback and I hope to encourage other fellow card-makers as much as I can. Thank you for inviting me to be your guest design for July!
I am super excited to be the July Guest Designer here! I love the idea of Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. We can all relate that sometimes it is hard to put a lot of techniques, supplies, designs and elements in one card. This challenge really helps you focus on the key elements and get creative.
For my project, I chose the top middle row (Shimmer, Border Stamp, Balloons).
Shimmer: The sentiment was embossed in Silver Platinum (Hero Arts). I used DCWV Glitter paper to add to the stamped border and punched out small circles as the “confetti”. I also added shimmer with Wink of Stella (Clear) to the stamped balloons.
Border Stamp: The Basic Stripes Stamp (Simon Says Stamp) provides the subtle and detailed feature for this design.
Balloons: I used two sets of balloon stamps that I have and do not seem to use enough of. Avery Elle (Numbered Balloons) and Mama Elephant (Clear Stamp Party Kit Set) are perfect solid stamps for the color-laying. With the help of MISTI, I was able to stamp the balloons in multiple colors. Stamping the balloons took some planning with masking, color-layering and positioning. However, it was totally worth the effort.
Since the stamped design is considerably flat, I added a piece of large foam as the backing. This gives the card an extra dimension yet it is still mail-friendly.
I hope that you are inspired to create with this super fun challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create!