Hello everyone! We are teaming up with our friends at Xyron to bring you some fun projects every day of the week! Don't forget to checkout the awesome giveaway prizes at the end of this post! We have Katie Gehring on the blog today! Take it away, Katie! Hello friends, Katie here to share a simple Birthday card featuring the Balloon Messages stamp set, the Balloon Messages Die along with some help and awesome tools from Xyron. Xyron-Waffle-Flower-2-Gehring-Bday Balloons I love using vellum on my cards for its translucent quality, and it works especially well with balloons. It’s the translucent quality of vellum though that makes vellum so tricky to use because, you know… adhesive. There’s nothing worse than VAL- Visible Adhesive Lines, right?! The best tip I can share is to coat the vellum evenly with adhesive and Xyron’s Sticker Maker are the perfect tool for for this. Xyron-Waffle-Flower-2-Gehring-Bday Balloons 2 First I prepped the panel by doing all the stamping and inking. I stamped the balloon strings and sentiment and added a little ink spatter with black ink. Next I die cut the balloons from vellum and ran them through the Xyron 1.5” sticker maker. In one of the balloons, I added an inlay star. When applying adhesive to a larger surface, like these balloon die cuts, sometimes adhesive get places you would rather it not go. To address this, I always apply pressure and trace the outline of the die cuts before removing the top layer of the sticker maker sheet. Should a little adhesive transfer to my project, Xyron’s Adhesive Eraser is very handy for removing unwanted adhesive without leaving marks or eraser residue on your project. Xyron-Waffle-Flower-2-Gehring-Bday Balloons 3 I added a couple sequins along with a bow cut using the Tiny Twine Bow Die. Finally, I used the Xyron Mega Runner to adhere the completed card panel to the card base. I have never used a mega runner or a tape gun previously, I was so impressed with how easy it was to quickly cover a large area with adhesive. The runner has a flip up cap to prevent unwanted adhesive transfer and its substantial size means it’s not as likely to get lost on your craft table like smaller tape runners. Xyron-Waffle-Flower-2-Gehring-Bday Balloons 4 Well that’s all for me today. I hope that these tips encourage you to try using some tricky materials in your next project. The right adhesive can make all the difference! --- Kaite
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