Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

How to Use Colored Cardstock with the New Freeform Balloons Die Set

The April EBE release is now available for purchase! EH Brand Ambassador, Adelina, is sharing a fun way to use colored cardstock and Copic markers with the new Freeform Balloons die set.


Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying an awesome start to your Spring and that you’re enjoying all the new products that came out as part of the EBE April Release.

I love balloons. I use them for every celebratory occasion for my kids. If you follow me in Instagram, you’ve probably seen my IG stories with my balloon banners for every holiday. *laugh* So when I saw the Freeform Balloons die set, I could not WAIT to use it! I decided to share a fun little trick for adding colorful balloons to your card projects.

I love my Copic markers (BTW – they’re always 20% off at the Ellen Hutson shop) and I wanted to use them for adding color to this cute die cut grouping of balloons. I decided to test my Copics with the Concord & 9th colored cardstock to see if they worked well together. It turns out, they’re a great match!

If you’re not a pro at coloring with Copics or intimidated at all by them, you’re gonna love this process. I die cut the balloons from some Concord & 9th, Aqua Sky cardstock. Then I went through my stash of Copic markers and found four varying saturations of a similar color. (see my process photo below)

I used my lightest color as my blender. I layered the colors until I got my desired effect. Gently blending the layers from one color to the next. I finished off the balloons with my white Gelly Roll Glaze pen. You can add glare however you’d like to your balloons. Personally I like a speckled look, but I know there are lots of variations. I think it really gives the balloons dimension when you finish them off with the white pen.

I love that the die set comes with a single balloon die cut, but I wanted another big balloon to pop up with some foam tape. So I die cut the large grouping and used a pencil to outline the large center balloon. You can do this with any of the balloons to add individual balloons of varying sizes to your layouts.

I just used a pair of detail scissors and carefully cut out that big center balloon.

After I spent some time using the technique above to color all my balloons, I grabbed some clear thread from my stash to add to my balloons. The Ellen Hutson shop has some beautiful metallic thread options that would be really fun with a project like this one. I just used clear because it was all I had on hand.

I added adhesive to the back of the balloon grouping using a tape runner and then carefully placed each of the threads to that they looked like they were tied to the balloons. BE WARNED: this takes a great deal of patience. *laugh* I couldn’t find my glasses and it was hard for me to see the thread. Anyone else have this issue when crafting?!

I stamped and colored one of the hands from the EBE Handful stamp set. I made a tiny slit in the image so that it would look like the hand was holding the strands of balloons. Can you even take the cuteness?! Ack!!

Just as I’d done before for the balloons, I added adhesive to the back of the hand with a tape roller. Then gathered the strands of thread together. I adhered the hand to the bottom of the card front and trimmed it down. I finished off the card with a sentiment from the new EBE Cake stamp set and some Pretty Pink Posh iridescent stars.

I’ll be sharing some other variations of this set on my IG feed and blog, so be sure to check those out in the coming weeks. Have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by the EH blog today!

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