For this card I used the standard A2 size, but I had it fold from the top the long way.
I rounded the top 2 corners on a 1/2 inch setting using my Corner Chomper.
The faux stitching was done with a Gelly Roll pen.
To create the balloons I started by making my own "patterned paper" of sorts. I stamped Hero Arts Magical Background in Versamark and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. The one I use is Recollections Detail Embossing Powder. After I heat set it and let it cool I began to sponge on color.
I used Stampin' Up ink colors Pink Passion, Ballet Blue (although there was green on my sponge so it came out a different color) and Perfect Plum. I softly sponged these colors all over the paper. When I was done I realized I wanted a much softer effect, so to soften the colors and give them a more faded appearance I went over the whole thing with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Popcorn (it's white.) I actually applied the pad directly to the colored paper to get a good thick coat.
Now that my custom paper was done being created I went ahead and die cut the balloons from it using my Silhouette. I used Design ID #30178.
I taped some twine to the back of the balloons, and also used a dab of Crystal Effects right at the bottom to keep the twine from shifting. Then I used pop dots and adhered the balloons to the card base. The twine was custom dyed in a swap so it doesn't have an official company color name.
I cut the ends of the twine. Then I added a mini glue dot to hold them together where I wanted to add the bow. I tied the bow separately, and then adhered it with another mini glue dot.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages. I used the same Versamark and clear embossing powder. The bling was from the Michaels bargain bin area.
Hope you love it!
Big hugs to everyone :)