02 July 2016

Shine Forever and Always

I am a US citizen living in Canada. The first and forth day of the month of July are rich in celebration for both of my homes. 1 July is Canada Day and I made a card, Celebrate Canada. 4 July is US Independence Day, and I made today's card to celebrate that day.


Putting It Together

After making yesterday's Hello Love, I had parts of a small circle easel card left over (since I remade a few to take pictures). I also had a desire to make a card for Forth of July but didn't have any ideas. While looking for sentiments for another half finished card, I spied the recently released Let Your Light Shine stamp set from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and an idea began to bloom.

To make the easel, I cut a  piece of cardstock (Stampin' Up Natural White) to 5.5" x 4" and scored it at 2.75".

I put the circle die over the fold line and ran it through the Big Shot...

 ... to make a small round card.

I scored one of the halves at about the half-way point. This will be the front of the card.

I cut another circle, a complete circle, to be the face of the card. On that piece, I used Post-It tape to mask out stripes and a area for the blue field.

Using Barn Door Distress Ink, I sponged in the red stripes.

I removed the masking. I used Post-It tape to cover the stripe area and expose the blue field are.

I used Salty Ocean to sponge in the blue and then removed the masking. My impressionistic flag was complete sans stars.

I stamped the "You were meant to" on some scrap ECD Soft Finish white cardstock. I also stamped and embossed the star on to the scored scrap of Natural White, left over from cutting the card shape. I snipped and folded the ends of the sentiment into a banner and used foam tape to give it dimension, with tape runner adhesive on the ends to keep them flat in place. The star I fussy cut leaving it a base.

I had stamped and embossed "Shine" on vellum for a different project a few weeks ago but hadn't used it. It fits perfectly here. I used Glue Dots to adhere it and pop it up from the back. The dots are behind the shiny letters.

I added tape runner to the bottom of the scored card front and lined up the bottom of the flag to fit and complete the easel.

I cut a smaller circle and used Barn Door to colour it the same red as the stripes before stamping the sentiment. I also added a few rhinestone stars to the field of blue. 

A quick little card with a lot of message.


Private FB group: Easel card
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  1. Such fun. Jumped right out of the gallery at me!

  2. Such a fabulous shaped card, love the way you've recreated the flag. So pretty. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  3. This is a great card! I love the glitter and sparkle in the word Shine. I am glad you showed your process -- it was a lot of work for a little card, but totally worth it.

    1. Thanks :) Even the little things should ver full attention. It was fun making it and figuring out how to get all that in a little card.


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