How To Make A Firework Background

by Nadine Carlier

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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

Supplies

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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.

Supplies

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  • 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

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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

Directions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 5

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

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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.

Supplies

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

 

Make Stars Pop Out to Create a Happy Flag Day

Let Freedom Ring

by Terre Fry

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These three words mean a lot to me as my husband served 10 years in the United States Air Force. I was proud to be a military wife and when asked if I would do it again, the answer is YES, I would! So here’s to all the military men and women who serve this great country and to the spouses and children left home- “Let Freedom Ring” and thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes

Directions

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Step 1

Brush the front of your card with Memento Love Letter and Nautical Blue, this will create a firework looking background.

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Step 2

Die cut stars out of white cardstock and ink two of them with Love Letter and Nautical Blue.

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Step 3

Use the Emboss Stamp Pad Clear to cover the front of each star and apply Clear Embossing Powder. Heat set the embossing powder.

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Step 4

Stamp or print your sentiment onto a scrap piece of cardstock. I cut a notch for a ribbon look. Add foam squares to the back of the stars and sentiment and place on card front.

This card could lend itself to ‘mass’ production so easily! A fun project to make with kids as well.

Supplies

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  • Cardstock – white
  • Spellbinders – ‘Stars’ etched dies
  • Printer or sentiment stamp
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Heat tool

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Happy 4th of July! 🎉

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When we were asked to do a project themed “50 States”, I wanted to show all them in a different way. The big canvas has room for every single State, but doesn’t presents them in a usual map view. The states are listened in alphabetical order. The biggest challenge was not to get deranged with over 400 die cut characters. Find Heike’s mixed media project HERE on the Imagine Crafts website.

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