Fourth of July Layout Made Easy with Memento inks and Fireworks!


By Neva Cole –

Today I will share how easy it is to create a very cohesive layout using just two ink colors and the matching Fireworks! colors for an amazing Fourth of July scrapbook layout.  With just white cardstock, an embossing folder, a large die cut, and stamps this layout is perfect for Independence Day

Skill:  Beginner

Time:  30 Minutes



Step 1

Trim white cardstock to 1” on each edge larger than the photos.  Pressure emboss with Star Blanket.  Ink raised portion of embossed areas and edges with Memento Danube Blue or Lady Bug.  For my layout I trimmed two sections 5” x 7”, three sections 4” x 5”, and one section by 4” x 4” to back my photos.

Step 2

Die cut two sets from Spellbinders Cascading Stars die and remove the stars.  Trim one outline die cut into a section of five stars, with the other being four stars.  Use Jumbo Dauber to tap Memento Danube Blue over one die cut and the smaller portion of the trimmed die cut.  Tapping the ink onto the paper keeps from damaging the die cut, which can occur if a rubbing motion is used.  The larger portion of the trimmed die cut is inked in Memento Lady Bug.  Continue to add ink until it is the desired hue. 


Step 3

The splatter method is used with Fireworks! to add some interest to the white background.  Shake the bottle to distribute glimmer and then remove spritzer nozzle and gently tap the top to splatter ink from the outside of the spray tube.  Continue to tap until the desired amount of ink is on the paper.  I choose sections where the die cuts would be eventually placed.  I alternated the color choices from the die cut color.  This is the lower right corner of the right page.  


Step 4

The left side of the layout shown completed with splattered Fireworks! in Memento Lady Bug and Danube Blue.


Step 5

Determine placement placement of elements to add stamped sentiments.  Place on layout and remove other elements.  Use a stamp platform to stamp sentiments in proper position.


Step 6

On the right page the stamped elements are determined, then half are removed before stamping to allow for clean stamping of correct colors.  The remaining elements are added and stamped.  It was easier to stamp all the images Memento Lady Bug at one time, then follow with images in Memento Danube Blue.


Step 7

Spritz Fireworks! into a plastic tray or surface.  Place die cut stars from step 2 face down on the Fireworks! ink to add color.  Use tweezers to move around in the ink and add more ink to tray as needed.  About a third of the stars were inked with Fireworks! in Lady Bug the remaining in Fireworks! Danube Blue.


Step 8:

Determine correct placement of Fireworks! stars in the die cut.  I rotated the star until it fit properly into the die cut area.  Not all the stars are identical, so taking the time to find the right one was worth the effort for a seamless look.  


Step 9:

Adhere elements to layout.  Tear It! tape was used to adhere the photos to the textured mats.  The die cuts are adhered with On Point Glue.  The small dots around the star frames keep the layout clean and smudge free.  

Art Supplies


Memento–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Fireworks!–Lady Bug and Danube Blue

Jumbo Dauber

Tear It! Tape

On Point Glue


White Cardstock

Cuttlebug Star Blanket embossing folder

Spellbinders Cascading Stars

Technique Tuesday Spectacular Memories

Hero Arts CL493 Holiday Sentiments


Die Cut machine

Stamp Platform

Make a Star-Spangled Independence Day Card


By Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Celebrate Independence Day with an easy to make Kraft paper card, using Walnut Inks and adding some shimmer with Delicata inks.


Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 Minutes




Step 1

Damp the Jumbo Daubers with the Walnut Inks and press them to the edges of a 4×6 inch white card stock to create a thick line.



Step 2

Use a large Stipple Brush to add strike shimmering color from the Delicata ink pads, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red on the above lines.



Step 3

Cut a star from a piece of Kraft card stock and stamp stars with the VersaColor White ink pad.



Step 4

Cut 5 inch long pieces of the gingham ribbons and add Tear It! Tape.


Step 5

Place the ribbons to form an X shape and stamp upon them with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne ink pad and the Sunshine stamp.


Step 6

Stamp the “CELEBRATE” sentiment with the VersaFine CLAIR Nocturne, cut around and place it on a bit larger Kraft color paper cutting.



Step 7

Set the sentiment with Tear It! Tape and then on a card base.


Art Supplies:


Walnut Ink – Cherry Blossom, Cornflower

VersaColor – White

VersaFine CLAIR – Nocturne

Delicata – Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red

Stipple Brush

Jumbo Daubers

Tear It! Tape



Card stock

Gingham ribbon – blue, red

Darkroom door stamp – Sunshine

Star stamp

Celebrate stamp

How To Create a 4th of July Card Using Fireworks Sprays


By Katy Ingram

Hello my friends! Katy here and today I am going to show you how to create this super simple fourth of July card using Fireworks sprays in Danube Blue and Lady Bug, Memento Luxe ink in Wedding Dress and the Brushstix from Imagine. This card came together with several supplies, but when broken down into small steps anyone can create. Check out the video below to see how it all came together. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching.

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time: About 40 minutes

Art Supplies:


• Memento Luxe – Wedding Dress

• Memento – Paris Dusk

• Versafine Clair – Twilight

• Brilliance Ink Platinum Planet

• Delicata Ink – Black Shimmer

• Fireworks Sprays – Danube Blue

• Fireworks Spray – Lady Bug

• Imagine Brushstix

• On Point Glue

Other Products Used:

• 48 lb Vellum

• GMUND 100% Cotton Shiny Cream Cardstock

• Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Solar White Cardstock

• Concord & 9th Notable Numbers Stamp and Die set

• Concord and 9th Season Turnabout Stamp set

• Honey Bee Stamps Happiness Stamp set

• Simon Says Stamp – Basic Stripes Stamp set

• Kat Scrappiness – Distressed Edge Rectangle Die set

• Mama Elephant – Happy Die

• Hero Arts – Rsvp Cling Tiny Star Background Stamp

• Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper

How To Make A Firework Background

by Nadine Carlier

4th of July Cards by Nadine Carlier 2 IC

With 4th of July right around the corner, it is time get started on those firework inspired crafts. To create my fireworks background for these cards I used some Fireworks! Spray and also the cool Stars and Stripes Stamp Set from Joy Clair.  This technique would also look awesome on scrapbook layout backgrounds.  Enjoy my video below to see how I did it!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes



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Get Your Crafting on This Independence Day!

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Happy Independence Day! Create a sweet card with Waffle Flower mini envelope dies. Red, White and Blue inkpad from Tsukineko.

Happy Independence Day! I love to celebrate this fantastic day, and made a card combining stamps and die cuts that help me do just that. I love these mini envelopes by Waffle Flower originally designed for planners, but today I used them on a card.  I used the patriotic colors red, white and blue and a new stamp set from Joy Clair called Stars and Stripes, perfect for the 4th of July.

To begin, stamp the fireworks images using Memento Dandelion ink on white card panel cut down to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Stamp the sentiment “Happy Fourth of July” using VersaFine Deep Lagoon and Satin Red. This sentiment is not in line, so I decided to mask it with a Post-It to have different colors and a linear message. Using decorated paper and a Big Shot die machine, I cut the mini envelope from Waffle Flower three times using coordinating patriotic colors. Paste the envelopes on the center of the card and add any surprise details on the inside as you wish. Finish the design by mounting the stamped panel onto a slightly larger piece of red card stock, then onto a navy blue base. You can continue to embellish the card, but I considered this design to be complete and think it looks great!

Isn’t it the cutest?! Tell us what you think or if you have similar ideas for cute and fun die cuts.


  • Joy Clair – Stamps Stars and Stripes
  • Waffle Flower – Mini Notes Envelope Die
  • Cardstock – Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White

See How to Create Awesome and Festive Glaze Textures

Happy 4th

by Jowilna Nolte


Spread the joy of the 4th of July by creating a beautiful and dimensional card in red, white and blue using StazOn Studio Glaze – the perfect product for gorgeous effects creating smooth glass like texture.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 45 minutes + drying time



Step 1

Stamp star image onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine inkpad in Smokey Gray. Cut out the star and add some color using Memento ink to the background of the star. Leave to dry.


Step 2

Once dry, fill in the dots on the stamped star using St. Valentine, Cotton White and Midnight Blue StazOn Studio Glaze. Leave the dots to dry.


Step 3

On a sheet of acetate add 3 drops of StazOn Studio Glaze. Use a second sheet of acetate and place it on top of the drops. Move the acetate around to smudge the Glaze. Pull the sheets apart from each other – this motion causes the interesting ripple effect. Leave the acetate to dry completely.


Step 4

Assemble a card using the colored acetate, a stenciled strip with stars as well as the stamped dotted star. Cover a toothpick in silver thread, washi tape or glitter for the stick of the star. I used a star stencil and added color using a Sponge Dauber with Memento Luxe inks in Nautical Blue and Love Letter. I decided to sew my acetate and strip for extra flare, but you could use a regular adhesive as well.


Step 5

Add some color to chipboard letters using Studio Glaze. Leave them to dry thoroughly.


Step 6

Adhere the colored chipboard letters to the card using GlazOn. Cover the letters in a layer of GlazOn as well for a nice smooth finish.


  • Cardstock – white
  • Chipboard letters
  • Toothpick
  • HeroArts- star stamp
  • Acetate
  • Silver thread, washi tape or glitter
  • Adhesive
  • Sewing machine (optional)