Happy Fourth of July to my friends in the United States! We are a fortunate bunch to live in a country where freedoms are so widely honored. We have the privilege to be who we are and to live our happy lives without fear that our happiness steps on the toes of the people around to us. Well, sometimes we have to be especially careful because the people next to us refuse to put their shoes on…and sometimes we just have to stay off Facebook if we want to maintain our happy outlook…but I digress. All-in-all, it’s a pretty grand country, and I’m proud to call it home.
To honor this day, I made this card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Brushstrokes. Brushstrokes is a new background stamp set in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. Straight lines that appear to be washed across the page with a paintbrush – who doesn’t love that? I inked up the lines on my background stamp with Night of Navy and Real Red – one blue stripe to every two red stripes. I positioned them vertically on the card front so that they wouldn’t appear like a failed attempt to mimic an American flag. If you’d like to see my video about background stamps, click here.
- Simple Layout. This card is created with a super-simple layout – a background bordered in red and a sentiment straight across the front. It’s really quite simple, but that’s kinda the idea. I didn’t want something complex and flashy, so I let the colors speak for me. In the stamp image, the soldier stands in a large patch of grass. Without hiding the soldier at all, I laid the sentiment directly on top of the grass so that the soldier stand proudly from under the sentiment.
- Second Generation Stamping. Also called “stamping off,” the background of stripes is stamped off once on scrap paper before it’s stamped on this piece of paper. It’s a great way to get a light amount of color from a stamp and adds a really nice effect to this card.
Stamp Sets: For Your Country, Brushstrokes Papers: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White Inks: Night of Navy, Stampin’ Write Makers (Real Red, Night of Navy) Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by today! Whether your day is filled with cookouts or family gatherings or crafting, I hope it’s a wonderful day!