Welcome to another Make My Monday challenge! Since we celebrated the 4th of July on Saturday, my choice for today’s challenge theme was Stars and Stripes. As you can see from the cards from the other design team members, this theme allows for a wide variety of interpretations!
Here’s my card:
This card wound up being created strictly with what I had on hand. I am trying to use up my 2019 6 x 6 inch DSP before ordering the 2020 packs. The Real Red ribbon is also last year’s, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new red ribbon. The punch for the stars is long retired, but it rarely used so I keep it around.
Sticking with the Theme
I may be partial, but I think that red, white, and blue just happens to be a very classic color combination. Stampin’ Up! offers such a wide variety of reds and blues. Therefore, any one of them would have fit the bill for my card. However, I chose Night of Navy and Real Red because I wanted a bold statement for this celebration card.
To create the stripes of navy, I used one sheet of the Night of Navy 6 x 6 inch DSP. As it worked out, these two patterns are on the front and back of each other.
My strips are 5-3/8 inches long. The widths for the wider end fall between 6/8 to 7/8 of an inch. The thinner end widths each are about 1/2 inch. This stripe pattern is very popular right now, and is great to create a card from scraps.
I used Real Red for the base of the card, which I cut to 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. I wanted the navy stripes to pop off the base color, so I used a piece of white cardstock cut to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. There is a very thin strip of white showing on either side of the navy stripes. The navy stripes are also 5-3/8 inches long. When I tried having the stripes a tad shorter than the white, the whole card looked off.
The sentiment on the stamp actually says “Let’s celebrate you”. I wanted this card to be able to be used for any kind of celebration. Since I wanted to use white embossing powder for the sentiment, I needed to make sure the powder would stick only where I wanted it. That’s easily accomplished by rubbing the embossing buddy on the cardstock before any ink touches it.
I used my Stamp-aratus to align and stamp the sentiment. This fabulous tool allowed me to mask off the “you”, and stamp the sentiment with VersaMark multiple times. I used a Post-It note for the mask. After heatsetting the powder, I cropped the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangle die. As a reminder, don’t forget to take the mask OFF before you stamp it on the cardstock. That wasn’t an issue this time, but it has been in the past. It makes a complete mess, and it’s not pretty at all.
I needed something to anchor the sentiment, so I used Real Red ribbon tied in a small square knot. The sentiment rectangle easily fits in place. I used dimensionals on the rectangle to pop it up.
It probably would have been easier to run some white cardstock through my Big Shot in the subtles folder before I punched stars. Well, there’s no “probably” because it definitely would’ve been easier.
Finding the completely random placement of the stars was left strictly up to chance. I actually picked up five stars and shook them in my hand for a second or two. Then, I closed my eyes and dropped them on the card. Wherever they landed is where they stayed. Strange, I know. I glued one star directly to the sentiment block, and another is glued right by it on the DSP. I used mini-dimensionals for the other three stars.
Inside, then Done
In order to keep this card as an all ocassion card, I left the inside white cardstock plain. There is a 1/2 inch piece of navy DSP as a border on the right side of the 4 x 5-1/4 inch white cardstock.
After adhering another piece of the 6 x 6 inch DSP to the flap of the envelope, I’d completed this card/envelope set.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.
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