I started by cutting out a 3" circle in the middle of my cardstock base, and backing it with a blended background made with Mama Elephant's pigment inks. I heat embossed some snowflakes from Season's Greetings with white embossing powder and added a few white dots with my gel pen to create the snowy scene.
Next I stamped and die-cut the cute girl from Alpine Carolers. I colored her in with watercolor pencil crayons.
I stamped the letters for 'JOY' using Balloon Letters as well as the cute balloon giraffe from Balloon Et Cetera, and carefully cut them out. The giraffe may seem out of place for a holiday card, but my friend who I'm giving the card to loves giraffes and I know she'll appreciate this balloon stamp! I also grabbed some embroidery thread to be the string for my balloons.
I carefully used washi tape to tape embroidery thread behind each balloon, and I used foam adhesive to glue the balloons to my card. I twisted the four pieces of thread together at the bottom and tucked them behind my die-cut circle, securing them behind the cardstock with washi tape.
I adhered my Alpine Caroler girl to my card, making sure her hand was overlapping the thread to make it look like she is holding the balloons. I chose some silver washi tape for the bottom of the card.
Hope you enjoyed a look into my process. Be sure to check out Mama Elephant's lovely new stamp sets! I adore them. Thanks for stopping by!