Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Soft Finish Cardstock

Party time – Two Cards and a Layout by Riikka Kovasin

November 1, 2016


Hello again! It’s Riikka here today guesting with some party projects! As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, most of my step by step tutorials can be used for cards even if I’ve done the steps in a layout. This time I thought to do it the other way around and made a couple of easy but fun cards and then used the same idea in a layout as well.


I’m sure you are better prepared with parties than I am as I often realize that I have no card to go with the present! A bit of an awkward situation as most of my friends know I’m a crafter. So cards that can be done in 10 minutes are really handy at times. This card is just like that. If you have your cutting machine standing ready, you can make this card in no time and make sparkly balloons in the same go!


What you need is some Soft Finish Cardstock, watercolors, Silk Microfine Glitter, a couple of dies and adhesive sheets. Please see the steps below.


Step 1) First cut your card bases from the White Soft Finish Cardstock. Mine are 10,5 x 14,5 cm. Add some watercolor to the center area of the cardstock and dry with a heat tool. If you want to be precise, measure a slightly smaller area than 10 x 13,5 cm area in the center and color it.

Step 2) Cut same size piece as the base from colored Soft Finish Cardstock and adhere a piece of adhesive sheet to the back side of it.


Step 3) Using the Heart Background die cut the colored cardstock. Remove all the extra little pieces and the backing from the adhesive sheet and then adhere your beautiful lace-like background to your watercolored cardstock bases. If you measured the area, the background will now cover the lines and the color will show underneath the heart design leaving the edges still white. If you are like me and didn’t measure, your card will now have a more freeform look.


Step 4) Adhere a piece of adhesive sheet to a piece of yellowish cardstock, but this time adhere it to the colored (front) side.


Step 5) Using the Lollypop die solid (silhouette) piece die cut several balloons for your card.


Step 6) Remove the protective sheet from the adhesive sheet and use Silk Microfine Glitter to coat the balloons. Remember to polish the glitter with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle!


Step 7) Think about your composition of balloons. Glue pieces of twine to your card so that the end is hidden underneath the balloon. Leave the other end of the twine loose at this stage. Then use 3D foam dots to adhere your balloons on top of the pieces of twine.


Step 8) Use the bow die from the Lollypop set and cut a couple of bows. Arrange the loose ends of the pieces of twine so they meet and adhere the bow on top using glue. If the ends of the twine are too long, trim them as needed. Finish your cards with a couple of half pearls and a foiled sticker.


So like I said, these little balloon cards are so easy and quick to make! To me the most time went into getting all the little pieces away from the Heart Background design and if you have a brush-looking tool to release all the extra pieces, you can do this in no time at all!

Below you can see the layout I did using the same idea – just translated into a scrapbooking page. There are the watercolor strokes in the background, the heart background peeking underneath the photo, and the golden balloons. I also used the same kind of foiled sticker as I did in the cards.


The layout is about my younger daughter who is such a sunshine and is always spreading joy where she goes. The photo is from this summer when I managed to stop her for a minute and snap a photo.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all a lovely, joyous day!


Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

White – Soft Finish Cardstock

Timeless – Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 3

Heart Background


6×6 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Light Gold – Silk Microfine Glitter


Watercolors (Prima Marketing – Watercolor Confections Pastels)

Patterned paper (Prima Marketing – Sweet Peppermint 6×6 Pad)

Foil washi stickers (Prima Marketing – Foil Washi Stickers)

Half pearls


3D Foam Squares

For layout also:

Flair Button (A Flair for Buttons – Capture Life 2)

Washi Tape (Teippitarha – Kolmiot ja Timantit (pinkki) masking tape)

Foam alphabet (American Crafts – Shimelle True Stories)


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1 Comment

  • Reply Karen Aicken November 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    What a great tutorial! Great birthday cards and really cool layout!

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