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Transparent Balloons

Transparent Balloons

Hi All,

In today’s card, I overlapped my balloons and made them appear transparent. Two important things to note about using this technique: 1) Distress inks will work best because they are very reactive with water and will blend easily, and 2) Be sure to let the first balloon dry completely before stamping the overlapping balloon. If it is still wet, you won’t get the defined lines of the original balloon.

Here is a close-up of the overlap:

Transparent Balloons

I tried overlapping blue with red to get purple, but I thought the results were too dark in the overlap. I would try to stay with colors near each other in the rainbow. Yellow is perfect because it’s so light – it goes well with red/pink, orange, green, or blue.

Enjoy the video!



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  1. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 6:38 am


    When I saw the card, I thought initially that you were using the new MFT Big Balloon Stencil. I just bought it and am going to use it soon with my clarity stencil brushes for some card backgrounds I have in mind, But, I like your technique very much, and so plan to try it with some other balloon stamps.. The colour combination is interesting too. I like the overall effect!

  2. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 1:16 pm


    Darlene, this is such a good tip. The balloons look more realistic. Love this card and thank you for sharing.

  3. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 1:22 pm


    Love this card. Thank you.

  4. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Brenda L.

    I love this card Darlene! The balloons are so pretty! Hugs, Brenda

  5. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 2:04 pm


    Awesome tips Darlene, I always get a big frustrated with the solid images on water color paper, even if I stamp them on the smoother side.
    I love this balloons, they look amazing.
    Thank you for the video, it’s always so much fun to see you creating your wonderful cards.

  6. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 5:24 pm


    What a fum easy card. Thanks Darlene.

  7. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Carol Mac

    I have this stamp set and those inks! I will definately try this one! Thanks Darlene!

  8. wrote on August 10th, 2016 at 9:31 pm


    Another great technique. I will use that on my next “balloon” card. Thanks Darlene.

  9. wrote on August 11th, 2016 at 1:12 pm


    This card is simple and so pretty! Great idea!

  10. wrote on August 12th, 2016 at 2:16 pm


    Those balloons are awesome! I don’t have a lot of confidence that mine will come out this well, but I’ll give it a try and see. Thanks a bunch!!!!

  11. wrote on August 15th, 2016 at 4:39 pm


    Love this! would this technique work with Stamoin Up classic ink?

    • wrote on August 18th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Allie. I haven’t tried it with SU inks, but I’m sure it would work. However, since the distress inks blend so easily, you may get a slightly different look with the SU inks.

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