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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mr Cardmaker Shows His Colors

Well, it's that time of year where we show off our red, white, and blue, and go see all the sparkly things in the sky.  My cousin Gerry is having a birthday on the 6th, so I made him a seasonal card.

It looks like this--

I used a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"white card base made from PTI card stock, and layered a 4 1/8"x 5 3/8" piece of SU striped designer series paper on it.  I then made six panels 1 5/8"x4", and used the side with the dots first.  I adhered them them on top of the stripes.  Then I took my Fiskars star punch and punched random stars, keeping some on and some off the edge of the panels.  I then layered those over the dots pieces with foam tape.  I used my white gel pen to make dots and stitch lines on the dotted paper inside the stars. 
To make the stripes, I used my wavy slider die from PTI's Movers and Shakers die sets to cut two different red shades of card stock from my scrap bin.  I inked up my Swiss dot cuttlebug embossing folder with some white chalk ink, and ran the pieces through the Cuttlebug.  To adhere them, I tucked one edge under the first panel, stuck them down, and then trimmed the ends that went over the edge of the card with my paper snips.  Then, deciding that the red Swiss dots wanted some pop, I ran a foam dauber with some red ink across each of the stripes really lightly; I really wanted most of the ink on the dots more than the stripe itself.
I punched some more stars, this time with a red and white dot paper that I got in a grab bag (I think it's Basic Gray).  These got popped up with foam tape, and trimmed to fit inside the panels.
I added some star shaped rhinestones that I had left over from my winter card projects, and there it is.
I didn't take a picture of it, but I added a red and a blue star to the side of my happy birthday sentiment.  This one is in the mail today!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a TERRIFIC Independence Day!

All Best-


  1. Super cute. I appreciate all the work you put into this. Happy 4th of July!

  2. Hey Richard! This is a fantastic card!! Well done my friend! Happy 4th to you :-)

  3. This is so amazing! I love the dimension and the cuts and ... everything! This is seriously cool!

  4. This card has so much depth it actually looks like a real flag waving! Really great job and card!

  5. Holy Schnikey....this is visual eye candy! What a glorious creation that has really captured the design and movement of the flag. It's sensational. REALLY REALLY like this!

  6. Hi Richard! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card! It is over the top with details and I love how much dimension is has - it looks like it could be alive! Fabulous!!! I should tell you that I've been having problems getting the comment box to appear for me - I had to "reload" the page twice before I got this box so I could write in it! So, if you haven't heard from me in awhile, it's not that I haven't been lurking and drooling over your creations, it's that I've just today figured out how to get the silly box to appear! Hugs!!!

  7. What a super card Richard , great embossing on those swirls made with the wavy slider die, I love the two dimensional stars....if you see what I mean !, its fabulous ,well done, great work .Elaine

  8. Brilliant, Richard. Such a great patriotic card. Love the text background and your punched out stars...Great dimension!

  9. This is a FABULOUS card!!!! So so many details to take in!

  10. beautiful patterns, flow and layers. great design!


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