I was recently directed to a blog titled Valita's Fresh Folds. She has a cute balloon card she got from another source. I thought I'd make a smaller version to fit in a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" envelope and share it with you!
Fold your cardstock: Mountain, valley, mountain, valley, mountain. Notice how the folds stack together in your hand, as if you were starting to make a paper fan from your childhood. Lay the paper back out on the table and add a strip of Tacky Tape to the inside of the last two score lines. Remove the pink backing and refold the card base.
Remove the pink backing. Add your balloons, cutting the acetate at varying lengths to make some balloons appear higher than other ones. After adding your balloons, pinch the two folds together to sandwich the balloons neatly in between.
I used my Cricut cartridge "Celebrations" to cut out the balloons, using paper from the local Michael's. Why not CTMH paper? I had twenty cards worth of balloons to create and decided to make good use of paper from my pre-CTMH days.
1/8" strips of acetate were sandwiched between two balloon cutouts to create one clean-looking balloon. (If you don't have acetate, re-purpose food packaging to achieve the same look.)
Photos & directions shared by Brenda F. another talented CTMH consultant. Thanks for the awesome idea!