Distress Oxide inks, CUTplorations frame die, Nuvo drops

Playing along with Addicted to CAS, code word "Ombre." This will be a birthday card for my son-in-law, so I didn't want to make it too feminine. Everyone loves balloons, right?

I made the balloons with a very simple stencil I designed and cut myself using my Cricut Explore Air, then colored them with sponge daubers using distress oxide inks. I used Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint, and Twisted Citron to get the ombre effect, then added little twisty strings using my Zig brush pen. I love that pen, by the way, and have been laboriously practicing my calligraphy (with mixed results; it takes time!). 

The sentiment is from Sunny Studios Magical Mermaids stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark Onyx ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I embossed the frame, then added a few Nuvo drops in Crystal Clear. I never know how many to add - don't want to overdo - but my usual Rule of Three just didn't seem enough. Result: balloons in the rain?

Thanks for looking!


  1. Terrific card. Thanks for sharing at ATCAS!

  2. Love the lime and lemon color combo and wonderful job with the ombre technique on the balloons. Gorgeous CAS card. So glad you joined us at Addicted to CAS this week


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