Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard for the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for this round, and the theme is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”  I’ve prepared a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Dimensional Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial for you today.  The balloon is the focal point on my altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  You’re going to have so much fun with this post!  We’ll look at the details in a moment, but first, let’s look at the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme:  Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Summer is a great time to travel.  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic travel themed project.  Think folded maps, cruise ships, road signs, compasses, passports, trains, planes or automobiles. As long as your project features a travel theme, you’re headed in the right direction.
Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard with Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Folks, I hope you are not tired of seeing me create with this Graphic 45 Imagine Collection.  I keep thinking of new ways to use it.  This time, I’ve used it to alter a Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  What fun!  I got a little mixed media practice in, which made me very, very happy.  Then, the idea to create a dimensional hot air balloon embellishment popped into my head.  I pulled out my G45 Imagine Stamps and 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids popped into my head, and the fun factor rose to new heights.

Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard: Laying the Foundation

If you’ve never altered one of these little clipboards before, you really owe it to yourself to do so.  They are so much fun to work with.  You can find examples of past projects HERE and HERE.  I love the fact that the clip is easy to remove from the base.  This makes the job of altering the mini clipboard so much easier.


First, I traced the base onto my designer paper.  After sponging the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, I adhered the papers to the base.  If I had it to do again, I would only line the back side of the base as I ended up covering up most of the paper on the front with my mixed media goodies.  I applied Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste around the edges, then gently head dried.  When the cracks were clearly visible and the paste was dry, I went over the surface with Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains.  I added some more texture with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Enamel, some die cut gears, and some random stamping.

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

I’ve created a little Snapguide tutorial so you can create your own Graphic 45 Hot Air Balloon Embellishment. This was my favorite part of this whole project.

Check out How to Graphic45 Dimensional Hot Air BalloonEmbellishment by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you’ll find lots of ways to use this Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial. If you wish to add this dimensional embellishment to a card front, don’t adhere the final panel on the right.  Instead, secure it with one of Tim’s mini paper clips. That way, you can fold it flat for mailing.

The Flip Side

I hate to let a perfectly good surface go to waste.  So I created a little waterfall element on the flip side of my altered clipboard.  I used Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tags and the Regular Tag and Gears Die for this step.  The domed edge of the tag creates such a pretty shape that I could not resist using them.

Enclose magnets on the back side of the belly band to make a neat closure for the waterfall. I simply folded the ends of this border strip over Basic Grey small magnets and adhered shut.  It works beautifully.

Score a 1/2″ flap on the base of each tag, Die cut the tag liner using the Square Tag and Gears Die.  Cut a 1/2″ flap from the base of each liner.  Then adhere it below the fold line as seen here.  This way the waterfall mechanism will fold easily.

Graphic 45 Imagine Altered Tim Holtz Clipboard by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I think a hot air balloon vacation could be quite the adventure, don’ t you?

Create this little folio by scoring a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scrap of kraft cardstock in half.  Round the corners.  Add a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to the front and adhere to the clipboard base.

Place magnets beneath the liner papers and then cover with designer paper and the “B” side of an ephemera card.  This hidden journaling spot is a great place to write down memoirs of your trip.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic travel themed project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 31st to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own craft adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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20 thoughts on “Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

  1. Jenny Marples

    That dimensional hot air balloon is the perfect topping to another incredible make Kathy. Love the flip up tags and booklet at the back of this wonderful clipboard. Always such clever design ideas from you to inspire! xx

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Aww! Thank you so much, Jenny! To think that I could inspire the Queen of Creativity is a feather in my cap! Hugs!

  2. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I am so enthralled by your amazing creativity on this altered clipboard! That dimensional hot air balloon is so cool, and I will be back to watch your snapguide tutorial. These papers are showcased so beautifully on both the front and back of your clipboard. I’m so pleased you shared info on your magnets. I had been searching for something like these, but sadly could find anything locally. Your artwork is SO inspiring! Sending hugs!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Dorris! It really is a fun way to make your own dimensional embellishments! Thanks so much for the kind words! Happy crafting!

  3. Zoe Hillman

    Your eye for detail never ceases to amaze me Kathy and this is no exception. I LOVE the hot air balloon on the front and all the gorgeous details that make up this delicious project. <3

  4. carol edwards

    Hi Kathy this is fabulous. I’ve fallen in love with the balloon. The whole clipboard is just so fascinating. I need a lovely cup of coffee and to sit and absorb myself of floating away in that balloon. Trust you are well my friend and enjoying the summer. Like you the weather is glorious at the moment if a little too humid at times. Long may it stay though. Xxx

  5. Susie Bentz

    What a fun challenge and this is the perfect collection to use! I love the dimension of that hot air balloon – swoon! Great Snapguide tutorial.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Wow, Susie! Thank you so very much! That means the world to me coming from you! I really was happy with the way the balloon turned out! Have fun making them! Hugs!

  6. Sandy Artman

    Wow, kathy,
    This came at the perfect time as I am brainstorming a Retirement/Going Away project for the departing minister of my church and this project gave me lots of options to consider. I love, love, love the hot air balloon! This “Imagine” collection was aptly named and you have my permission to create to your heart’s content!
    Love & blessings, Sandy

  7. Candy

    Absolutely breath taking Kathy! The amount of design and detail on this piece is beyond off the charts!!
    Hey…I tried to text but it can’t be delivered. I wanted you to know that iI’m pretty sure my email has been hacked. So if you receive any emails from me for a while, don’t open them. Just delete them. I would hate for you to be compromised!!

  8. Gail Scott

    Stunning Kathy – as is all your work – love that Hot air balloon — just purchased some Graphic Arts Paper Doll cardstock – I can see more of that cardstock coming in my craftroom – However, I wish it was not double sided because it is all I can do to glue it down saying – I want that side and this side – hehehe – TFS and for inspiring!

  9. Helen

    Kathy, this mixed media project is incredible in its detail. You amaze me. I was hooked just looking at the front of this project–the hot air balloon is so cleverly done–then I saw the flip side! There was your trademark additions–waterfalls and a little booklet. Your creative designs are so well done, so inspiring. Now I have to try one of these just for fun. tfs

  10. Cec

    Oh my! This is drop dead gorgeous. Love the dimensional balloon and all the texture and embellishments on the front. Of course, you never disappoint and have created a wonderful back side with the waterfall. Fabulous creation from the lovely Kathy, as always!!!

  11. Suzy Q

    WOW Kathy! This is SO clever! Luv this! Your imagination is limitless! I’ve just got to put my mixed media boots on and give this a try! It looks like so much fun! This clipboard is just awesome! Thanks so much for the great snapguide…it will make my first maiden voyage …so much easier! And I can see from your clipboard …the sky’s the limit! Lol! Hugs, Suzy Q

  12. stampersuzz

    Gorgeous! Wander is the perfect word for this beautiful clip board as you can wander through all the beautiful details you built in! I adore the dimensional hot air balloon!

  13. Tristan Robin Blakeman

    Well, the Graphic45 email was ahead of yours in my inbox, LOL, so I did my commenting there. But, I’ll reiterate here how very much I like the way the mixed media techniques you used works with this paper collection. (Aren’t Seth’s Baked Textures powders the BEST?!) Your snapguide is so well produced – thanks!

  14. Maggi Harding

    I love love love your hot air balloon! The dimension totally makes this an outstanding piece of art!

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