Let Freedom Ring

This card was created as inspired by Splitcoaststampers card layout design for this week.  Since it was the week of July 4th I decided to pull out this cute image from La-La Land Crafts called Saluting Luka.  I am so grateful for all those men and women who dedicate their lives to keep America and the world free.  This is in honor of them.

I revised the layout slightly with the placement of the small rectangles/square. I cut the three rectangle/square elements of the card from Gina K. Designs Kraft Cardstock.  I used My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles and Avery Elle’s Double Pierced Square dies.  I had to elongate the square to make a rectangle, and the A2 rectangle needed to be elongated as well so that it would align with the other two elements.

I stamped Luka on some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  He was colored using Copic Markers (listed below).  I used my Silhouette PIXScan mat to scan and cut around the image.  I placed the image onto the paper side of Darice Sticky Back Foam and traced around it, fussy cut it just smaller than the trace, and adhered it to the back of the image for added dimension.  Luka was the focal image and was placed on the long rectangle and adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  For the banner across the bottom I decided to use a stars banner from Stampin’ Up/Sizzix Mini Treat Bag out of red cardstock and back it with gold glitter cardstock.  I added a small square of foam to each end and placed it across the bottom of Luka.

I searched online to find another image that would compliment Luka and found this really cute patriotic eagle holding an American Flag created by MarinaNeira.  I saved the image, uploaded it into the Silhouette Cameo, traced around the image and cut it out to add to the lower elongated rectangle.

For the upper square I die cut a Spellbinders Stars Five out of gold glitter cardstock and added one of the red stars leftover from the banner.  I scatter the three of the remaining small red hearts around the eagle.

For the sentiment I pulled out Dare 2B Artzy’s My Hero stamp set and stamped it in the lower right of the card with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I decided to add some score lines between the images and the sentiment and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • La-La Land Crafts Saluting Luka
  • Dare 2B Artzy My Hero
  • Patriotic Eagle by MarinaNeira
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E13, E11, E01, E00, R20; E37, E35, E34; E55, E51, E35; E33, E31, E30;  B39, B37, B34; R29, R27, R24; E29, E33; YG97, YG95, YG93; 100, C8, C, C6, C5, C4, C3, C2, C1
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle (extended)
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square (extended)
  • Stampin’ Up/Sizzix Mini Treat Bag Border
  • Spellbinders Stars Five
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Land of the Free

I’ve had this die for years and have never used it.  Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple challenge this week was to create something with the American flag in honer of Independence day.  I really like the way it turned out.

I love it when I can put a products gathering dust in my craft room to good use.  Despite all the small pieces it really came together quite easily.   I added Be Creative Tape to the back of the cardstock so it was really easy to do the paper piecing.  I cut the die four times, twice from white, and then again from blue and red. It was easy to inlay the pieces because they were already sticky.  I love the crisp, clean look of it.

I didn’t have a sentiment that I like and so I created one in the Silhouette Cameo Software using Good Vibrations and Antiqua Caps fonts.  I printed the lettering once and cut the outline another four times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  To adhere all the layers together I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  I then adhered it to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  The flag panel was adhered to a pre-folded Says Stamp side folding A2 heavy weight cardbase with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Taylored Expressions American Flag
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Pre-Scored White Cardbase
  • Red and Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Handmade Sentiment with Good Vibrations Font
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive