I'm totally loving today's card. I was up late last night, crafting, which is rare on a Friday because I am usually exhausted. I grew up in the country and often times, in the summer, we would see hot air balloons. Somehow they are just a sign of summer to me. I saw the 3D hot air balloon on a tag in a magazine and loved it! This is a square gate fold card with a yellow base. The blue mat is core'dinations paper and the hot air balloon print is American Crafts City Park collection (love it). The balloons were cut using the Summer in Paris cartridge and then I trimmed them down a little for each layer and cut off the 'strings' and basket. I put pop dots between the layers to make the stand up. I also added some string of my own and a basket and then inked all of the edges of the balloon's layers.
The frame behind the balloon was done with a Martha Stewart Punch around the page and then I put a piece of cardstock behind it so that the dots would pop out more. The stamp is from Studio 112. I used 4 different colors of twine from the Twinery, that I won from my blogger buddy, Amber, over at My 3 E Scrapbooking. Thanks Amber!
I used the same border punch for the inside mat and then cut a printed sentiment out with the balloon shadow for the inside. I had to cut the 'strings' off of the one inside because the paper was thin paper and the strings tore when cutting. :( I still like it though!