Thursday, June 28, 2018

Celebrating the 4th!


Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

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.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

I inked up one of the Ornate Trims stamps with Fired Brick oxide and spritzed lightly with water. The image is resisted by the microglaze, making those stars really pop among the stripes. I blended the panel with Frayed Burlap Distress ink, and finally blended microglaze over the entire panel to bring out the color and to protect it.

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.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

The Mirrored Stars were colored with Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative and Distress crayons in Faded Jeans and Tarnished Brass.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

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.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

I used some hoarded Nostalgic Distress card stock for my blue postage frame and mats. A little added ink brings everything together.

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

Sara Emily Barker http://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/ Celebrating the 4th! Vintage patriotic card #timholtz #timholtzideaology #timholtzrangerdistress #timholtzstampersanonymous #timholtzsizzixalterations

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!
Sara Emily


15 comments:

  1. Another awesome card Sara Emily! The layers in both the background and paper are perfection, the way they each make the other pop! The stars! And way to make your own paperdoll ;) Love it, my friend! xo xo

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  2. Blown away by this incredible card Sara Emily!!! I just love the patriotic theme and the mono print stenciled background turned out so well!! Fabulous 4th card! Hugs to you!

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  3. Fabulous card Sara!! Love the stacked postage die and you have layered it beautifully!! Love how you coloured those stars too .. brilliant!! hugs xx

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  4. What a beautifully patriotic assembled card! I love all the elements you used to put this together-you are a master of layering my dear! well done Sara Emily!or should I say 3 Cheers!!
    Jackie xo

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  5. Wow, this is amazing!! I love the vintage details and the colors!! The frame is fabulous!! The stars are fabulous!! The sweet image is fabulous!! Wow!! I just love, love every patriotic detail!! Stunning, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Awesome! My brother's birthday is the 4th, this is a perfect birthday card style for him. Just found your blog last night, so glad I did!

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  7. I do love red, white and blue and love them even more on patriotic cards like this - the monoprint, microglaze background is beautiful and that little boy image is just adorable! Hugs, Anne xx

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  8. Fabulous patriotic card, Sara Emily! Great use of the leftovers from your previous project!

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  9. Awesome card! Thanks for all the links to tutorials!

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  10. OH! OH! OH! This is fantastic!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  11. Another fantastic creation! Wonderful paper choice and adorable details! The stacked postage dies look amazing and I adore the image! Wonderful design Sara Emily!
    Hugs,
    Sherrie K

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  12. Sara Emily, I love this! I love the different patterns you created on your paper, especially that monoprint - you make great monoprints! I love your stars, they have such a lovely finish for this project. I also love how you made your own paper doll from the Found Relatives. Of course, the fringe looks perfect and no hint of Christmas at all. Well done and amazing, as always. Hugs!!

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  13. What a wonderful vintage look you have given this card! The layers you created are perfect! Hugs, Chrisx

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  14. It's so funny, I had thought I could live without the milk caps until you came along and wowed me again and again. This is truly dynamic and beautifully layered and designed. I love this found photo the mostest! :) Hugs, Autumn

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