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Designing With Numbers: Nancy’s View

Seven Balloons

By: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5.5”x4.25”


Vintage Chic stamp set [Gina K. Designs]
The Natural matstack [DCWV]
The Natural cardstock matstack [DCWV]
Scrap of glitter mist spray paper [Unknown]
Card base paper [Unknown]
Copper [Martha Stewart]
Stash of corner grungeboard, small circle grungeboard, rectangular orange foam [Unknown]
Copper embossing powder [Ranger]
Buccaneer Bronze Moon Shadow Ink [Lindy’s Stamp Gang]
Cluster Crystal Stickers [Mark Richards]
Corner punch [EK Success]
.25” Rub-on Numbers [Avery]
Heartwarming Expression  Stickers [Crafty Secrets]
Orange & Yellow Gelly Roll Glaze pens [Sakura]
Double sided adhesive mounts [Dollar Store]


  1. I recently purchased a sheet of vintage designs and sayings stamps.  My favorite was the old fashion silhouette of a woman selling balloons.  I liked it so well that I’ve done 5 cards with it so far.  The one shown above, for which the directions apply, is  the 5th of my series.  At the end I’m sharing the other 4 cards.
  2. I began by stamping the lady on mist sprayed paper with copper ink and then heat embossed with copper embossing powder.   I cut the paper to  3”x4.25”. 
  3. I colored her with the yellow and orange glaze pens and punched the 4 corners.  
  4. I mounted her on 3.25“x4.5” light brown paper with adhesive mounts, added a grungeboard corner in the upper left hand corner.  On a piece of orange foam I wrote “Hurry 7 balloons left and mounted in the center of the bottom.“   
  5. To my cardbase I attached at 5.25”x4” printed paper.  Before mounting my lady, I attached the clear text to the bottom of the page. To give my card more depth, I added adhesive mounts between the frame and printed paper.   I then centered and attached the crystal cluster to the left side of the paper.   My final step was to take the small circle of grungeboard and dunk it in the Bronze ink while holding it with tweezers.  Once dry, I rubbed the number “7” on it circle and attached to the orange foam. 
  6. Below are my other 4 cards using the same stamp:

Isn't it fun how different the cards can look just by changing the colors, background, and sentiments?  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and don't forget to be proud of your cards, and sign the back.

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2 Responses »

  1. Thank you for sharing nancy! You did such a wonderful job! I just love the image and you did such a wonderful variety of cards!

  2. Oh my goodness! Beautiful assortment of cards. I love how versatile the cards are just by changing the colors. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀
    Lisa xx