Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.!

Inspired by the Postcard Parade Issue over at Unruly PaperArts, I decided to create some postcard-sized art to say a quick happy birthday to America!

I started with simply stamping Dot from RRD's Milliner Misses with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the center of a 4" x 6" piece of cardstock.  I then masked her and stamped the star from Carnival Dreams (also Rogue Redhead Designs...I are totally surprised) seven times in the top left-hand corner.  I masked these images as well.

I then blocked out the portion of the postcard that I wanted to have a blue background, again that would be the top left-hand corner.  I set up my mask for this using the lines on my board, but then transferred the masked card to a piece of waste paper so I wouldn't get everything extra messy.

That's when I broke out the Distress ink!  I used Faded Jeans for my navy blue and sponged it all over the exposed rectangle and over the masked stars.  As the masks were so tiny, I made sure to pounce the ink with the cotton ball rather than drag it.

As masks this small and pointy can never be perfect, I pulled my aquabrush into use and added a little more ink where there were small halos.

Okay, you know where I am going with this card at this point!  So, now I had to create stripes.  I have some extra long post-its, but obviously they do not have sticky stuff the whole way across their length so I added some repositionable adhesive to the length of the torn stripe just to hold it down a bit better.

From here, I took my Fired Brick Distress ink and did some more pouncing to create some distressed stripes.

Once, the masks were all removed, I ran and washed my hands which were a patriotic red, white and blue.  The white being my extra pale never-able-to-suntan skin.  Now that I was uninked, I used my copic markers to give Dot a little bit of a pop.  I chose yellow for her suit as I already had 2 primary colors on my piece and figured I could not go wrong with 3 out of 3.

Here's how the final piece turned out!

I am entering this patriotic postcard in the following challenges:

Sisterhood of Crafters - Stars and Stripes

Shopping Our Stash - Red, White and Blue (or your flag colors)

Craft Your Passion - Red, White and Blue
Hope everyone has a fabulous 4th!


  1. Wow, this is stunning! I love it

  2. Shar - I love this piece! The yellow outfit pops on that background and the CAS and elegant results of your technique & effort are stunning! I am delighted you entered your project in the “Red, White and Blue” Challenge - good luck!
    Design Team - Craft Your Passions
    RubberMAD (

  3. Now this is FABULOUS! The yellow was a perfect choice to complement that powerful background. Love it! Thanks for coming to play with us at Shopping our Stash this week :)

  4. I LOVE your flag technique on this card. Thanks for joining us for our "Red, White and Blue" challenge at Craft Your Passion.
    DT CYP

  5. WOW! Great job and thanks for the tutorial! LOVE IT! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘Stars & Stripes’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  6. What a fabulous Fourth of July card! So bright & beautiful! Thanks for Shopping Your (patriotic!) Stash with us this week! :)

  7. Perfect! Love her here! So befitting!

  8. Happy Belated 4th of July! I love what you have done here! So patriotic and classy!


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