Reminder for the Blues at {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve had a nice weekend as your days are growing closer to Christmas.


Today I have a reminder for you about the “Shades of Blue” challenge over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog and that you still have a few days left to enter your blue shaded projects!  Hope you’ll join us!  Although thoughts of winter, Christmas and snowflakes come to mind with these colors, I’ve decided to take the colors in a different direction for this week:

Blues made me think of a masculine birthday which is something that I needed for a birthday card for my dad this last week, so my thoughts turned to him when making this card.  He’s been having some medical issues recently and I wanted to send him a happy card along with some real balloons to help try and cheer him up a bit.  My heart is heavily with him right now as he deals with many physical issues.

For my card, I first started with a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and ink blended some blue oxide inks over the panel with Chipped Saphire, Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Oxide Inks.  I die cut the large sentiment die and balloon dies from this piece and then attached the sentiment to a die cut vellum shadow behind it.

I stamped some images with the same blue inks I blended with over a white panel along with doing a very light ink blending in the center of it before attaching the die cut sentiment over top.  I then attached that panel to a blue die cut panel and again over a white die cut panel and finally attaching it to an A2 sized side folding blue card base.  Lastly, I popped up and glued the die cut balloons along with the silver strings also die cut around the sentiment panel keeping in mind the placement of the strings.  I added a few blue sequins to finish it off.

In this close-up photo, you can see the details of the background more clearly along with the shimmer over the balloons which I went over with a glitter brush pen.

So I hope that you’ve enjoyed my birthday card today and were inspired to pull out your blue shaded stash and have a play with them!  Really look forward to seeing what you come up with for the challenge!  Be sure to check out the {Cupcake Inspirations} Blog and see what the Cupcake Sweeties have to inspire you with this week as well!

Thanks so much for joining with me today and I’ll be seeing you soon!


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  7. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

28 thoughts on “Reminder for the Blues at {Cupcake Inspirations}

  1. What a nice masculine birthday card – love the ombre blues. The balloons add that extra special touch especially with the silver strings. Sending thoughts and prayers for your dad.


  2. Hopefully this cheerful birthday card will bring smiles to your dad with those beautiful shades of blue, festive balloons and subtle shimmer. I’m sorry he’s having health issues right now, but hopefully things will get sorted out for him soon and he’ll be feeling well again before long. Hugs


  3. FABulous birthday card Vicki, loving the blues and hope your Dad feels better soon..I bet this card made his day brighter and shinier with those beautiful balloons, and I love your background…

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  4. Such a happy card and love the tones of blues, the wonderful sentiment and those fun balloons x. sorry to hear about your Dad Vicki….Sending hugs x.


  5. What a gorgeous blue birthday card Vicki!! I love the balloons and all of the shimmer! Perfect masculine card, I bet your dad loved it.
    Hugs, Tammy


  6. Beautiful and festive card! I really like all that gorgeous blue! Have a great week and thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen


  7. Fab birthday card Vicki. Love those balloons and the subtle sentiment highlight. Thanks for joining us at te Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.


  8. Very pretty… and masculine of course. Wonderful shimmer and I always like adding balloons when possible – your little silver strings are so delicate.

    Sending well wishes for your dad. I do hope for healing.

    Have a wonderful week. I’ve missed so much, so I hope to catch up over break.


  9. Great card for your Dad. I hope he’s feeling better soon and has a great birthday. I love the shimmer on the balloons and overall great colour scheme. Thanks for playing with us at AAA Birthday this month.


  10. Awesome b-day greeting! This palette is beyond perfect for both wintertime and for a masculine card. I hope that your dad had a stellar birthday and the coming year of his life brings much smoother sailing his way on the health front.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life


  11. Oh those balloons really twinkle and sparkle. Fabulous card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!


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