Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July? I've been having some fun with my Stacked Postage dies and thought they would make for a great patriotic card. I recently used these versatile dies on my Vintage Airmail Collection Folio. You can also see my other festive tag posted later this evening.
I made the monoprint background on Distress Watercolor Cardstock using the Stars Layering Stencil and Faded Jeans Oxide ink. Tim Holtz has a great tutorial for this technique here. After the print was fully dry, I replaced the stencil, being careful to realign it. I used my blending tool to blend Distress Microglaze through the star openings, wiped the excess with a clean cloth, and removed the stencil.
The frame was left over from that Mail Folio project. At first, I applied oxide color to the reverse side and applied Distress Resist spray to give the frame a polished look like Paula Cheney shows in her tutorial. I noticed the stars on this side, and decided they worked better than the airplane blueprint design on the reverse. I colored the 'frame' with Fired Brick oxide and Candied Apple ink, and noticed the Resist spray boo boo. I decided to go with it anyway, and applied some Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon to balance the shimmer on the Mirrored Stars I adhered in the opposite corner.
The Mirrored Stars were colored with Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative and Distress crayons in Faded Jeans and Tarnished Brass.
I cut apart and colored a Found Relative from the Occasions pack, added an altered Numeric and Milk Cap and chose one of the Occasions Small Talk stickers for my sentiment. I had to add the bits of Christmas Fringe to stand in as a bunting--just added a little blue ink and a spritz of Tarnished Brass Mica spray to take it from Christmas to 4th of July! Or you could use the plain white fringe. I love this stuff, and can't wait to get it in white.
I used some hoarded Nostalgic Distress card stock for my blue postage frame and mats. A little added ink brings everything together.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you celebrate it, I wish you a Happy and safe 4th of July! Thank you for stopping by!
Hugs and Blessings!