Oval and/or circle punches
Scraps of card stock
Tombow liquid glue
White gel pen
These are the punches I usually use to make the balloons. Play around with sizes and shapes and even mix them up to get the balloons you want.
I have punched one of each of the shapes from Not Quite Navy card stock (retired). If I am making a lot of cards, I punch all the circles and ovals at one time in a variety of colors.
I use the owl punch for the 'tie' at the bottom of the balloon. You only need the feet from the owl's body so use up those little scraps from around the ovals and circles that you just punched.
Here are the 3 feet I need. I trim them down to a small tab above the foot - just enough to attach it behind the balloon body.
Put just a small dab of the liquid adhesive on the area above the owl's foot. Place one of the circle or oval pieces on top of the glue covering all but the foot itself.
Cut several inches of baker's twine and attach it to the back of the balloon with a small piece of transparant tape.
Place a dimensional over the transparent tape, if desired. They are ready to construct your card. Arrange them however you want.
I like to tie the balloons together in a group. The simplest way I have found to do that is to adhere the balloons as you want them to the piece of card stock. Place a length of twine on the card stock below the balloons approximately where you want to have the bow. Pull the twine down past the bottom of the card stock and adhere lightly with a piece of tape. Tie a bow with the loose piece of twine.
Here is the card I made with the three balloons. Don't they make you smile?
You can experiment with other shapes too. I like to use hearts for anniversary or wedding cards. Either all heart shapes or mix ovals, circles and hearts - I like both.
Here is a card with the two heart balloons. Let me know if you make balloons of your own. I would love to see your ideas.