Begin by finding a piece of mica large enough to fit inside the balloon shape. Place the balloon face down on the sheet of mica and trace around the outside edge of the balloon with your craft knife. You can decide later if you want to separate the sheets of rock or leave it whole.
Separating them will make for a lighter color rock and is a good idea if you really want the background to show through. Set the mica aside.
Apply the ink to the balloon directly from the pad. If you are using pigment ink, you may want to either heat set or heat emboss. I used a different color for the basket part of the balloon before embossing. I really wanted a shine on it so I sprayed an even coating of clear Goosebumps texture spray over the entire piece and let it dry. After that, I adhered the mica to the backside and used a gold paint marker to add some detail to the basket of the balloon.
To create the tag itself, I used the middle image on the Fly With Steam collage sheet. I didn’t want to have the balloon in the image get lost behind the chipboard so I cut the collage piece in three sections and pieced the words together for the background. I fussy cut the balloon and glued it to the bottom corner.
Ink was sponged around the outside of the tag and around the balloon. Strips of German scrap border were attached on three sides. I used a ticket stamp from my stash for another collage element. Once those pieces were together I sprayed the tag with bronze colored irRESISTible texture spray. I also sprayed a flower I found in my ribbon drawer while looking for these fibers to complete the tag.
The word “BALLOONS” is from the Steampunked Machines collage sheet and has a touch of the same ink on it as the tag. The blue ink from the balloon was added to the torn edges. A few Dew Drops and some fibers from my embellishment collection finishes it off. And as the Fifth Dimension sings, “Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon!
See you next time. Until then, be sure to check out the blogs for Altered Pages and Leaky Shed Studio Designs for daily inspirations! I hope you'll also stick around for a while and look at some of my other projects. Happy crafting!