As many of you know, I love to participate with online challenges and will be linking this card to the Double D “Signs of Summer” Challenge (I was inspired by the red, white and blue stripes in the little girl's bathing suit as well as the celebratory theme of the parade in the inspiration photo).
I am also participating in the Simon Says Wednesday “Red, White and/or Blue” Challenge and the Word Art Wednesday #497-#498 “Anything Goes” Challenge.
Stamp Simply blog or the other challenge sites yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!
To create this card:
Ink the block image from the Red, White & Blue stamp set with Tim Holtz™ Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and stamp at the top and the bottom of a 3 ¾” x 5” piece of white cardstock and onto another piece of white cardstock approx. 3 ¾” x 2 ½”.
Once the ink has dried, apply Tim Holtz™ Picket Fence Distress Stain over the entire panel to tone down the color a bit. Allow to dry and distress the edges of the panels with a distressing tool.
Use a blending brush with Tim Holtz™ Pumice Stone Distress Ink to “age” the panels, mount each onto white cardstock, trim, and mount again onto red cardstock, trim and finally mount onto navy cardstock.Ink the block image from the Red, White & Blue stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto another piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white cardstock (stamp near the bottom of the panel).
Ink the US map image from the Old Glory stamp setwith Versafine Onyx Black Inkand stamp onto the top of the same panel as the flag image (this way you can die-cut both from the same piece of cardstock).
Die cut both images using the coordinating dies and watercolor the images with watercolor pencils (I use Derwent™ and a few Stampin’ Up! – see in the list below).
Create the banner flags from the Echo Park America 6x6 Paper Padusing the smallest banner die from the Fishtail Sentiment Banners and once die cut, split the banner in half (FYI- I used the little strips that you normally cut off the top of the 6x6 paper when you remove it from the pad. There is a hole in the center, and you can get two of the smallest dies cut into banners, resulting in four when you split them in half).
Gently apply Tim Holtz™ Pumice Stone Distress Ink to “age” the banners with a blending brush.
Use a glue gun to adhere the banners to a string of knotted patriotic twine and mount on an angle to the large background panel (FYI- I used a glue gun to add a drop of glue to each end of the twine as well as a small amount under the twine in the center to adhere to the panel).
Using Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Fishtail Sentiment Banners, distress the paper with the pumice stone distress ink, distress the edges with a distressing tool (or the edge of scissors) and trim off the left-hand side to mount along the main background panel (under the banner).
Cut the “Always Remember Freedom Isn’t Free” sentiment in half, distress the edges and set aside.
Create the easel base from a piece of 4 ¼” x 11” piece of heavy white. Score at 5 ½” and on one side at 2 ¾”. Fold along the 5 ½” score line for a tent fold, the fold the 2 ¾” upward to create the base for the main panel.
Once you have the easel base folded, I tend to trim a bit off the edges (approx. ⅛”). This way when you mount your front panel and smaller piece at the bottom, the white cardstock will not show. Please refer to this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for more details and info on how to create an easel card base.
Adhere the main front panel to the small fold at the top of the easel (I use strong adhesive to adhere this panel).
Add the layered smaller panel at the bottom of the easel with dimensional foam (or chipboard).
Adhere the die cut US map image to the card front with dimensional foam and/or chipboard as well as the flag image at the bottom of the easel.
Adhere the “Always Remember Freedom Isn’t Free” sentiment layers with
dimensional foam and/or chipboard onto the lower panel and finish off the card
with a few silver rhinestones in the upper right-hand and lower left-hand
corners of the flag panel.
Stamp Sets: Red, White & Blue BundleOld Glory BundleStamp Simply
May we always remain “One Nation Under God”.
Hugs and God Bless, sweet friends!