Happy Fourth of July

I love The Fourth of July. When I was a child, “the 4th” was the best holiday of the year. All of my older siblings would come home for a long visit. We always had a huge picnic in the backyard, complete with icy cold watermelon. My brothers would place the watermelon in the creek to chill until lunch. We all attended the local parade and fireworks. Plus, our small town always had a carnival and festival. It was the best of times.

As an adult, I am proud of my relatives who have served our country. I especially thank my father (a World War II veteran) and my four brothers (two who are Vietnam veterans) for their military service. I created a card suitable for wishing them a happy Independence Day.

1. Make 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ brown top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ star paper panel. Distress edges with scissors and sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut 4-1/8″x3″ brown cardstock panel. Cut 4″x2-7/8″ plaid paper panel. Layer and adhere panels together. Wrap red twill around center of panel and knot on right side. Adhere panel to card 1/2″ from bottom edge.

4. Using scissors, distress edges of bingo card; sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to top left corner of card on angle.

5. Die cut/emboss Nested Lacey Pennants #3 shape from brown cardstock. Die cut/emboss Nested Pennants #3 shape from blue star paper. Layer and adhere pennants together; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Dark Cashmere ink, stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock. Die cut/emboss sentiment into Ribbon Banners #3 shape. Before removing shape from die template, use sponge to stencil openings with Venetian Lace ink, concentrating ink more heavily near ends. Remove template. Adhere sentiment to center of pennant.

7. Using Nestabilities Stars Five die set, die cut/emboss smallest star from red and white cardstock, next smallest star from red cardstock, and star #3 from dark blue cardstock. Adhere stars to the card as shown using foam dots. If desired, save one small red star to decorate matching envelope.

8. Tie twine through holes of cream button; adhere to twill knot using clear dot.

9. Decorate inside of card with strip of decorative paper. Stamp sentiment as shown.

Products used:

  • Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup; October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Report Card
  • Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road; Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Bazzill Basics Paper Maraschino
  • Jenni Bowlin Studios Bingo Card
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Twill
  • StampingScrapping Stamp Sets: Design Label Accents, Design Fancy
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Nested Pennants, Nested Lacey Pennants, and Ribbon Banners; Nestabilities Stars Five
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Pads: Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape Runner and Foam Squares; Glue Dots International Glue Dots

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)