Jun 21, 2015

Muse Challenge #122: Balloons!

This evening I'm sharing a card I made inspired by Marion Vagg's great card, which you can also find here at the Muse Challenge Blog.  Marion's bright and bold birthday card (love it!!) has 3 balloons -- thus the source of my inspiration.  As usual, I'm posting my card right before the Monday morning deadline for the Muse Challenge but it took me most of the week to create something worth sharing....


  • watercolor paper
  • Tombow markers and Zig Gansai Tambi watercolors
  • water
  • paint brushes
  • paper towels
  • pencil
  • scrap copy paper
  • scissors
  • Micron black marker
  • Ranger Archival Black ink
  • Papertrey Ink
  • Big Shot die cut machine (to flatten the card)
  • Mod Podge Dimesional Magic
  • Draw a large balloon on copy paper and cut out.
  • Draw a second, smaller, balloon and cut out.
  • Place the large balloon on a folded A2 card made out of watercolor paper and trace.
  • Do the same with the smaller balloons as shown.
  • Watercolor the large balloon, letting it dry between layers.
  • Do the same for the other balloons.
  • Pour a dime size of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and paint over the lightest part of the balloons with a wet brush to add a bit of shine.
  • Stamp the sentiment, curving it to go with the balloon.
  • Decide sentiment is a bit off.
  • Draw balloon strings with black pen.
  • Paint the background with light blue inks.  
  • Try very hard not to be frustrated with sentiment, shading, etc.
  • Decide to quit stamping, quit blogging, sell all supplies, and watch more TV.  Art is overrated.
  • Decide all true artists are miserable; ergo I am a true artist.
  • Settle down and blog the card.
MOOD WHEN DONE = Frustrated but happy.


Lisa Silver said...

No need to be frustrated... this is a great card! I love the bold colors!

IamDerby said...

I like it! Especially the sentiment on the red balloon. Does not seem off to me.

Ashwini Rao said...

Beautiful! Everything's just perfect in the card!
(from ExperimentsWithCardMakingetc.wordpress.com)

Hannelie said...

Oh I know the feeling Joan! Been there!
BUT... in the end your card is beautiful, bold and fabulous. I love it!

Marion said...

Oh Joan - your card is GORGEOUS! Thanks you so much for playing along at Muse :)

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Ardyth said...

I love the look you achieve with your watercolouring - it's unique and provides a lot of dimension! So glad you joined us this week at Muse Joan!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! You are having a good time with those paints! :)

TK said...

Sorry for the frustration (I can relate), but your final product is wonderful!

Unknown said...

I love your card. I think you are too hard on yourself! Your watercoloring is really nice. Don't stop.

Leslie Miller said...

Hahahaha! One must really read to the end. Yes, you are a true artist, angst and all. I know this is not simple, and it is very creative. Love how you placed the sentiment. Actually, I absolutely love everything about it!