Happy Birthday | Stencil Tracing & 20% Sale!

Hello and happy Saturday!!

Today I have a card to share that features some exclusive products from Simon Says Stamp. One of my favourite products from the last release was the Balloons and Patterns stencils. It's a set of four with some great balloon images and a couple of accent stencils that include diagonal stripes and hearts.

For this card, I used the stencils with a black Pitt Artist Pen from Faber-Castel to trace the balloons onto a watercolor card front. Tracing a stencil like this is so quick and easy and you don't have to worry about doing any masking since you can decide exactly where you want to trace. 

Once I had them on the card front, I went around the inside edge of each balloon with different colours of Derwent Inktense pencils. I created a small border around the inside and made it really dark and full of colour by pressing down really hard on the pencil. I then used a watercolour brush to pull the colour from the outside into the center area of the balloon. I love the darker to lighter effect colouring them this way provides.

After I finished the balloons, I traced some hearts from the heart stencil and coloured them in with the same colours that I used on the balloons. I added some sequins and gems and went around the edges of the balloons with my clear Wink of Stella marker.

I cut apart the happy birthday sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Friendship Messages stamp set and stamped it underneath the balloons. To complete the card, I added balloon strings and white accents to the balloons with a white Uniball Signo gel pen.

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  1. It's gorgeous! I love those colors, my watercoloring never looks that good!

  2. This card has inspired me to get out my Inktense pencils and make something bright and happy, like your balloons!

  3. Love the colors - so pretty. The balloons look like I could reach out and touch them.

  4. You make it sound easy ;) I've just spent the better part of two hours trying to recreate this style and I'm still not happy. Makes me appreciate your skills even much more … and motivates me to practice even more to get it right :)