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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Higher and higher

I've always had a soft spot for hot air balloons. There's something about them that puts a smile on my face every time I see them. I live about 15 minutes away from a hot air balloon ride and every Summer, two hot air balloons hang in the sky every evening. Grown ups and kids alike get excited whenever they are in sight. It is hard not to smile at the giant bubbles drifting in the sky. I plan on getting into one of those balloons some day but until I do, I'll be having fun with these balloons from the new LD Balloon Festival graphic set.

I found this set through LD's newsletter yesterday and it wasn't hard to pick out the balloon that will be the easiest to convert into a Cricut-cutable. By separating the image in Photoshop and tracing them in Make-the-Cut, these are the layers that I came up with:

I did have to make a little adjustment to the banner layer. The initial trace in MTC showed that four flags were joined together at 2 points but with a little bit of "cut-and-paste", I managed to separate  the banner into the individual flags:

The final cuts look like this:

Some foam tape and stickles later and the card is done.

The background with the sentiment was arranged in Photoshop and printed to form the card base. The sun and cloud images are from the same graphic set while LD Noodge was used for the sentiment.

Summer has gone and the hot air balloon rides have stopped for the year. Thankfully I still have these balloons and they will definitely be flying all year round.


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  1. You are so talented! I love your card. My uncle used to have a hot air balloon business, but I never got to take a ride in one! One ?, how did you cut and paste the banner to separate those flags? Was that in MTC or PS? Thanks.

  2. Love this Jin! I bought that graphic set as well. Can't wait until I find some time to play.

    Ruthie :)

  3. What a darling card! I saw that set, but didn't get it--maybe I'll go back...

  4. Great Card, I love all of the layering that you did. This makes me wish I had an electronic cutter.

  5. Love it, there is something about Hot Air Balloons Nice job on the layering.


  6. Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. :-)

    cfine, I "fixed" the flags in PS. The two flags on the left side were an easy fix because all I had to do was erase/delete off two pixels that connected them. The other two flags were separated by first deleting off the bit where they are joined. I then copied the corners from the other flags and pasted them to the flags with the missing corners and voila! Flags are all separated. Hope that my explanation works if not, let me know and I can work on posting a visual on a separate post.

  7. Oh how cute! I love hot air balloons too. Not enough to go in one though.

  8. Our two-year old still looks for the "balloon airs" hovering over Woodinville on the way to Costco =).
    Awesome card, the set is sitting in my cart at LD, ready for checkout =)