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

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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



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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)


Make Stars Pop Out to Create a Happy Flag Day

Let Freedom Ring

by Terre Fry


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



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.


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.


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