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Dare to Dream
I can’t help it; I know this chicken stamp has retired (Hey Chick stamp set), but this little guy just cracks me up! Just about any critter stamp, though, would work here. It’s the googly eyes – they just up the playful quotient on any card. 🙂
This card really starts with the Dare to Dream Stamp Set, a hostess set currently available for anyone who wants to place a larger ($150.00 or more) order with Stampin’ Up!
(And here’s the blatant commercial advertisement for Stampin’ Up! It’s a great time to place a large order! For every $50.00 you spend in July, you’ll get a coupon for $5.00, to spend in August. Woohoo! Yay for Bonus Days!)
So, this stamp set has some awesome sentiments – it’s the reason I chose the set. It also has a tiny hot air balloon image, which gave me the idea for this card design. I needed a MUCH bigger balloon for Mr. Chicken, though. One of my older die sets, Basket Builder (sorry, it’s retired, too), had a perfect basket for the bottom of the balloon, but I had a heck of a time with the actual balloon part. In the end, I Googled balloon images, and used the inspiration to draw my own. (Yeah, I was REALLY desperate – I almost never rely on my own drawing skills, LOL.) I used Watercolor Pencils to color it, and a Blender Pen to smooth it out.
I cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″. Both the basket and the balloon, were just glued down, but before I did that, I arranged my pieces, then did my stamping on that blue piece. (You know that saying, “arrange twice, glue once”? Something like that, anyway. ;-)) I stamped my chicken where I knew he would be partially covered up by the basket, and then I added the sentiment, and some cloud shapes (from the Dare to Dream Stamp Set) here and there, to help indicate that he really was flying. I colored the chicken, making his “hair” and tail feathers match the balloon. (I also added a bit of Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to that wig and tail.) After I glued down my balloon, I just used a ruler and black pen to draw in the strings that connect the balloon to the basket. And I glued on those oh-so-cute googly eyes.
This wasn’t my only attempt at this card design. I also just had to see what would happen if I added some “real” string to the balloon. It took a little effort to tie those tiny bows (okay… maybe that’s an old person problem, LOL), but here’s what I ended up with:
While I do like the string, I decided that the landscape orientation didn’t give me enough room for the balloon. If I find the patience to try this card again, I’ll probably create a version that combines the best of both of these. (I didn’t want to wait to post this, though… I happened to mention to a friend about my “chicken in a hot air balloon”, and I think I piqued her curiosity, LOL.)
For the inside of my cards, I love to find quotes that fit the images on the card front. I send a LOT of cards, often to the same person, and I hate to just say “Thinking of you” over and over. I love T.S. Eliot, and I thought this quote fit the card perfectly.
That’s it from me today. As always, I really appreciate everyone who stops by my blog. And, although I’m shy, I love meeting new crafty friends, so please don’t hesitate to send me a note. Have a beautiful day!