Friday, January 28, 2011

A glossy balloon

Hello and Happy Friday! This week seemed to zoom by, and I can't believe that February is just around the corner. I'm getting a jump start on some cards since there are quite a few friends and family with birthdays next month.


I was playing with a favorite Pure Innocence image and I wanted to share how I created the gloss on the little girl's balloon--without using Glossy Accents! Lisa Spangler shared this technique in a Hero Arts video here. (Around the 2:51 mark)

On the original image, the balloon is cut off. I printed the image again and finished drawing in the rest of the balloon, cut it out, and colored it with Copics. I pressed the image onto a pad of Versamark ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder over and heated it with my heat gun.

As soon as all the powder was melted, I immediately poured another layer of powder over the image and heated it again. I repeated this process three more times. Each time the balloon became smoother and glossier.


You get the same result as if you used Glossy  Accents, and as soon as it cools, you can handle it without having to guess if it's dry--and there are no air bubbles!

Hope you try this technique and use your Glossy Accents for smaller, more manageable images.

Thanks for visiting today.....hope you have a fun weekend ahead!




Stamps: Digistampcharacters, Papertrey Ink sentiment
Ink: Versafine, Versamark
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
Other: Copics, clear embossing powder, Nestabilities, puffy heart sticker, sewing machine, pop dots

36 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how much I love this adorable card, Donna!!! From the colors to the design, to the image and your amazing coloring, the glossy balloon - it's perfect!!! Hugs, Vanessa x

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  2. Love your pure innocence cards D....you do them so well. I just Love that sweet little girl! I am babysitter today; will try and call you when he naps..xoxoxo!

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  3. Adorable! LOVE your glossy balloon! It adds the perfect touch!

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  4. Donna, I love what your do with these PI images - this is no exception! Thanks for the tip about the gloss on larger images!

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  5. Donna, this is absolutely adorable! I love it! Brilliant colouring and design! The balloon looks wonderful - thanks for the great tip and link to Lisa's video!

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  6. Love this cute card Donna, the colours are perfect and love your Balloon. Sallyx

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  7. such a sweet card! i love the PI stamps! and thanks for the tip.

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  8. This is so adorable, and thanks for the tip on how to achieve that lovely shine!! :))

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  9. Just precious Donna! Went to look at the video and came back to look at your balloon again. TFS this technique, you did a beautiful job. Love how you colored her dress too! Have a great weekend!

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  10. great idea Donna... Love this little card.. PI images/stamps are so darn cute.

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  11. I love that technique too, Donna! The results on your balloon are amazing! Always love your fabulous coloring! Delightful card!

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  12. So cute!! I love the glossy ballon accent. As always your coloring is awesome. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Denise

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  13. such a sweet card, Donna! love the technique you used for the balloon! super card as always, my friend! have a wonderful weekend! =)

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  14. Adorable card! Sweet balloon! Love both techniques to add the gloss. :) Fabulous coloring!

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  15. Wow, love this glossy balloon! Such a cute card too! Have a great weekend Donna!

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  16. Adorable card Donna! Love the simplicity...very sweet! ;)

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  17. I love the glossy balloon technique. Fascinating, Donna!

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  18. LOVE LOVE this!!!
    btw....I'll be sending you something on Monday...a treat....100% Croatian! :)

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  19. This is super duper adorable, Donna! Love that glossy balloon, so beautiful! Have a beautiful weekend! Love ya!

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  20. Hi! such a gorgeous card,so pretty-just love it!!
    hugs Lou.xx

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  21. Ooooh LOVE her big, shiney red balloon... VERY cool looking! Absolutely adorable as always my friend! :)

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  22. This is gorgeous, Donna! I love the colours of this card and the glossy balloon is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing that technique!

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  23. Amazing technique, oh my gosh, I'm gonna have to give it a try! She is so sweet looking!

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  24. woo-hoo! what a fabulous techinque to this wonderful creation! love how shiny and glossy your balloon is! lots of work but yours came out perfect! love your card and your coloring too! hope you had a fabulous weekend and a fantastic week!

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  25. So sweet! Great idea using ep for larger surfaces. Your work makes me smile every time!

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  26. Love all your creations! Your cards are so simple and clean... that's why they are all stunning and pretty!

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  27. Hi Donna! Love this technique! Have you ever tried a Versamark pen? Same concept, but the pen allows you to get into tight, more detailed spots that the pad won't. An embossing buddy is a must, but it really is a fab way to get some gloss without the wait.

    Your card is amazing, as always. You have a way with these Pure Innocence characters that make me compare them to the illustrations found in children's book. Absolutely wonderful! Hugz, Cheryl

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  28. cute! the glossy balloon is the best part of the card!

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  29. Thanks for sharing your "balloon" technique Donna. Love the effect. The card is beyond adorable.

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