I started with a side fold A2 card made from Pure Luxury White, then cut off the right side of the front. Then I made s smaller card from Black Onyx that would open the reverse way, when you layer it inside the larger card, the flap folds over the front. That design I know as a "joy fold", I first saw it several years ago from Valerie Stangle. The little photo turn holds it closed. DP is Basic Grey Sugar Rush.
When opened, it reveals a larger version of the kangaroo scene with not just one balloon , but many streaming out the pocket: hoppy birthday!! Mask the balloons to get this effect. I colored the ones on the inside with Copics, choosing the colors from the DP, and added the strings with a fine black pen. The little shadow I made underneath the kangaroo is a Pale Lavender Copic, it brings out the periwinkle from the DP and is a little brighter and happier than just gray (that and my cool grays need refilling LOL!)
The little die cut heart on the left covers the brad I poked through for the photo turn. (I remembered to decorate my envelope too, hip hip hurray! ) ;) These balloons are paper pieced with the patterned paper.
This card did not get accepted but I am very grateful to have something I can share with you right now, as stamping time has been very limited lately! I will be showing a few cards though I have in the latest issue of CardMaker , it is now available, and this issue is especially near and dear to my heart, you'll see why! More to come!
Have a terrific weekend!