I wanted to use this "happy birthday" die from Paper Smooches and I knew I wanted the words to be multicolored. I also wanted some simple balloons for accents so I used a stamp and die cut set of circles by Simon Says Stamp. This set also includes an outline stamp to match each circle. I used Distress Stamp pads for the coloring of the balloons and I hand drew the little strings.
For my colored words, I took a piece of watercolor paper and made colored stripes with Distress Stains and a stripe stencil from Clearsnap. With some spritzes of water, the inks ran and created the neatest, soft colored stripes. I cut the die cut word from my colored piece of paper and I also cut it out of a plain piece of watercolor paper, making sure of my placement of the words.I wanted to use the negative of my word and fill that with my colored set of words. Because my background piece of cardstock for the card base is turquoise, I let that show through the openings of the letters.
This fits the Stampin' Celebration challenge because of the colors and the strings on the balloons.
It fits the Happy Little Stampers challenge to use die cuts.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)