This card was in the planning stage for the better part of two months. The original idea came from my mother. She often calls me to say things like “It would be really easy to make a card with three balloons. The middle balloon will say ‘It’s Your Day,’ and the side balloons can have spinners so you can change the date to any day of the year. Oh, and you should have a bear holding the balloons, and maybe the spinners could be electronic, and you should add some kind of pyrotechnics display.”
Because of the balloon size required to the months and dates would be legible, I had to minus the bear, and the pyrotechnics. And the spinners are just simple boring manual ones. And the card is 5.5×5.5 inches, which I generally try to avoid for envelope reasons.
All that aside, I love the way it turned out. The balloons were cut with the Pazzles, and “It’s Your Day” was written with the pen tool (in blue Spica!). The inside says “Let’s make it the best!” printed in the same font.
The balloon spinners took a long time to figure out, but ultimately were pretty easy to make. I made the wheels in photoshop, and cut them with my circle nesties. Then I sandwiched them between two smaller circles and joined them with a flat brad. The top circle got glued to the balloon, the back circle got glued to the card, and the middle circle spins. The hardest part was lining everything up to cut the windows out of the balloons.
Since I ended up with a wide space to work with, I had a lot of fun with the details. There’s a little bit of hand stitching to join the two patterned papers. I loved the alphabet paper, but thought it was too dark for the background, so I decided to use it as a mat and then curl the top corners a bit to show it off. Everything’s inked with Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Bundled Sage and Spiced Marmalade). The thread is from DMC, and the paper has been in my stash so long I forget where it came from.