Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

Hi friends,

I knew it had been awhile since I posted here, but had no idea that it was so long.  I guess I've been slacking!

Gelli Arts - Gel Printing is giving away a gelli plate to someone who uploads a project to their facebook page.  The rules are stars and/or stripes and the giveaway is Monday, so I thought I'd enter the drawing.  My card also fits the mixability challenge this week - MIX127, which is red, white and blue. 

It all started with a used coffee filter that I tore into strips to use for stripes.  I didn't really want to make some sort of flag, but still wanted the feel of that, so I used a blue background instead of red, and made red flowers instead.

After gluing the strips to my card base, I splattered white acrylic paint on it.  I let it dry, but then decided I needed a few bigger splatters, so I ended up using my heat gun to finish drying the paint.

I stamped the sunflower group (Local King Rubber Stamps) with tuxedo black memento ink and colored them with copic markers.  Then I fussy cut them out.  When I laid the flowers on the background, I could see that there needed to be a bit more contrast, so I cut a partial oval with deckle scissors to place behind the flowers.  I sponged over the oval with vintage photo distress ink.

The sentiment (Hero Arts) was also stamped with memento ink & then sponged over with vintage photo. 

At this point, I thought I was finished, but then I decided to try some stars.  I punched a few and then just laid them on the card.  I took photo with them and without them to compare.  I decided I like it better with them, so I glued them down.  I love the vintage feel of this card, and I love that it hints at being our flag, representing our great country.

I'm proud to be an American!  Happy Independence Day to all my USA friends!

Thanks for taking time from your busy schedules to visit.

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