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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 6 comments

Tutorial: Hero Arts Balloons

This could possibly be one of my favorite weeks of the year. I have family in Albuquerque, NM and I love to visit there the first week of October every fall for the International Balloon Fiesta. If you’ve never seen it, it’s truly awesome. There is just something  magical that happens at the fairgrounds when the balloons all go up. You can’t help but feel peaceful and happy and you’ve never heard such a huge crowd of people being all so impossibly quiet! It’s amazing! I can’t visit this year, which makes me sad but I do have these awesome Hero Arts stamps to cheer me up! Have you collected yours yet?

I thought it would be nice to see a whole collection of our little balloons in action and have a place to share all of the fun things that you can do with this stamp. Of course, these techniques can be applied to many, many other stamps as well… If you don’t have the Hero Arts balloon, feel free to use another balloon stamp and let’s make a little mass ascension of our own here at Stars & Stamps!

Here are some great ways to use the Hot Air Balloon Stamp!

Paula’s Balloon was colored and matted on this really fun faux-stitched background with the cloud used as a sentiment.

Here’s another, with the balloon stamped on a cute patterned paper. You have to fussy-cut the top part and layer it on to another piece that you have the basket part colored on to get this effect. I love it!

No wait, this one is my favorite! I love the balloon colored with the red white and blue and layered onto an embossed background even more! Thanks Paula, for letting me use your balloon examples!

Here’s another, stamped onto a chevron patterned paper and pieced onto a background made of blue cardstock. The basket was also stamped onto brown cardstock and paper pieced onto the blue paper layer.

Clean and simple, but not easy… paper piecing this many different colors can be a challenge but the end result is just so darned cute.

Would you like a coloring tutorial on these cute balloons? Here is Sandy’s video for Hero Arts – definitely worth checking out.

If you need even more inspiration for your balloons, just Google up the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and check out the beautiful shapes and colors. You can also get some great inspiration for how the morning light hits the balloons to help with shading. I’d love to see what you are all doing with your balloon stamps! Please use the InLinkz to share here. (Other balloon stamps are allowed here, but… why??? What are you waiting for? You need this stamp set!)


  1. I love this stamp. Hoping it’s the one that I get with my red and green challenge win. 🙂 All these cards are happy cards.

  2. All these samples are wonderful! I’m not really into coloring, so I especially like the samples that Paula and you did stamping the image on patterned paper. I’ve ordered this set and can’t wait to get it to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. No need to Google it…I live here! I’m looking out my window this morning and can count a dozen balloons floating over my neighborhood! I tend to purchase hot air balloon stamps whenever I see them…and this awesome set is no exception! I love all the ideas on different ways to use them, thanks!

    • Jealous!!! Wish I could be there this year!!!

  4. Lovely cards, and I covet the paper in the last two. Is it patterned paper or a stamp?

    • It’s a patterned paper called Just Dotty I believe!

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