These Clarity balloon stamps are perfect for men's cards, especially if you don't know what their hobbies are.
I started by printing the words on my computer. I used copier paper to check the positioning and when I was happy with it I printed it onto card. I masked off the middle section and then the fun began!
I stamped the balloons into position first. As I was going to decoupage them the only bit I masked was the basket on the largest balloon. I later coloured that in with a ProMarker. Out came my trusty Splodge Away mat and I then brayered the hills using a torn paper mask. Before I took that away I added a bit more colour to the top with a makeup sponge. My cloud template is still going strong, so I got that and an Ink Duster out to do the clouds. I then just needed to add the trees and the background was finished. I love it when it all goes smoothly!
I think you can see in the photo, but the balloons have been shaped to give them a more realistic look.
I did this on a soft mat using a large ball tool that I bought in a cake decorating shop. To give you an idea of size, that is the middle sized balloon next to it. If you haven't got a mat it could also be done in the palm of your hand.
Once the balloons were shaped I filled them up with Pinflair glue gel, so they will keep their shape, and stuck them on the card.