I wanted to have this project done by Memorial day but alas all my projects took a backseat to long weekend festivities. I finally finished it last night. I’m actually glad I waited because I was able to grab a new stamp set yesterday which was pretty much the basis for my design.
I channeled my inner Tim Holtz for this one. I was on a craft store run the other day and as usual I walked out with items I had not come in to buy which included the stamps I used for this Memorial Day card…”Grunge Cirque” from Stampers Anonymous. Originally, when I saw this challenge on the Kraft Journal I had planned to use my “Paper Stash Seasonal” cardstock from Tim Holtz.
I’m a huge fan of Tim and all Ranger projects can you tell? Anyway, with new stamps in hand I took a piece of cream-colored cardstock and used “Antique Linen” Distress ink to age it. Once it was good and grungy I sprayed it with a Mini-Mister and crumpled the whole thing up. After unraveling the now aged to perfection paper I set it with a heat gun and ironed it so I could stamp on it. I stamped the stripes in “Fired Brick” Distress ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. The stars were stamped in watermark ink (also from Ranger…I swear this is not an advertisement I just truly LOVE their stuff! Who doesn’t?) and embossed.
I attempted to add more antique linen ink before stamping the stripes and without thinking dumped embossing powder on the whole thing. I hadn’t wanted to emboss the background but hey all great art happens by accident…so they say…so I went with it. I think it gives it some really nice texture…not to mention a little shine.
I cut the “snippets” of letter tiles (Stars & Stripes) from the Paper Stash Seasonal cardstock and overlapped them at the corner. I wanted to use “snippets” of Life, Liberty and Freedom but the letters were a little too dark and grunged up for my liking. Since I didn’t have any suitable letter tiles I had to make my own. This was the really fun part. Not only did I get to break out my arsenal of Distress Ink, I was able to use at least one letter from ALL of my letter stamp sets. ( Unfortunately this also made me realize that I am missing at least one letter from each set…which is never a Z always an E or an I…Dang-it!).
I used an EK 3/4″ square punch to punch the tiles out of cream cardstock inked with antique linen for a base. I have had this punch in my stash for I don’t even know how long and have probably used it once but man was I glad to have it for these tiles! After I was done stamping and distressing I mounted the tiles on grunge paper to give them depth and cut them out.
I distressed the edges of the design and the Kraft cardstock and To finish the whole thing off I added 3 hematite star brads. I know the length of the card is unusual but I didn’t want to scrunch the letter tiles (they took a looooong time to make) and I wanted the card to seem like a waving flag. I’m planning on sending this card to a soldier serving overseas. Here’s to the troops past and present! Thanks for coming by…have a happy day!
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