MFT Summer School Complementary Colors Balloon Shaker

For this challenge we were suppose to create with complementary colors, which are colors opposite one another on the color wheel.  I chose pink and green.  I love the way these two colors look together.

I decided to find some patterned paper that had these two colors and found this pretty floral from DaisyD’s called Sweet Baby Jane. I decided for a simple design and pulled out My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window. .

I cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  For the balloon backing I used the striped patterned paper on the back of the flowered paper and cut the balloon shape and adhered it to the top of the stitched rectangle with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  I cut the frame for the balloon out of green cardstock I had in my scrapes and added acetate to the back.  I couldn’t find my acetate balloon insert from MFT and so I had to create my shaker the old fashioned way with layered 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  It is remarkable easy to do.  When you remove the backing paper the foam tape is very malleable and can be molded around any shape.  I added two layers for enough depth to let the shaker element of the card move easily.  I used Mikuki Seed Beads in Silver Lined Pink and Chartreuse, along with some Martha Stewart Cotton Candy Stars.  I adhered the balloon string with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then put the balloon frame in place.

For the sentiment I used Mama Elephant’s Happy Script Die.  I cut it once from the green cardstock and another four times from pink cardstock.  I adhered the pink die cuts together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then added the green die cut slightly offset.  For the secondary sentiment I placed the “happy” word die cut on the patterned paper to determine where to stamp the letters “Day” from a Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp with VersaMark Ink, which was heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  The “happy” word was then adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Using the same liquid glue the entire focal image panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  For a final embellishment Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the balloon frame and the word happy and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker
  • Mama Elephant Happy Script Die
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • DaisyD’s Sweet Baby Jane Patterned Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Acetate from Stash
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Silver Lined Pink
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Chartreuse Mix
  • Martha Steward Cotton Candy Stars
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • VersaMark Ink


Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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