June 10, 2011

Patriotic Collage

Happy Friday Stampers,
This is the first time I've stamped this week and I really needed my creative outlet!!  Splitcoasts technique on Wednesday was Direct to Paper and I have been wanting to use my new Patriotic sets as a collage and it all finally came together.  I had the idea when I made the stamp set, but for some reason just couldn't get the creative juices flowing, until now, to do it....and I love the results!!
I first started by laying the stamps down on the cardstock where I wanted them, then I lightly traced squares around them where I wanted the different color inks, then I used my Fiskars Stamp Press to pick up all the stamps in positions.  I used three Memento inks...Lady Bug, Summer Sky and Desert Sand, I swiped them in different directions and on the one I went back with darker colors and added a bit more ink.
Then I inked up the stamps with Versamark and embossed with Black Detail. 
 The Way to Use It challenge on Thursday was to paper pierce, so I added some piercing around the blocks also.  I distressed the edges and then layered it with dimensional tape on the white card base.
Here is a look at what I did on the inside...I kept the theme going with the DTP and stamped and embossed part of the flag and the sentiment...I really like the way this came out!
This was the third card I made and I had a few oops' with it....do you see my mistakes??  As I always tell the girls in my class in stamping there are no mistakes...only room for embellishments!  Well I didn't get the stamps inked well in the center of the collage and I ended up with a blank spot there, so I had these stars laying on my desk and decided to put them to use.  The large on I stamped part of the Star Spangled sentiment on and adhered it directly to the collage....I started to do that with the other two stars as well, then decided that I would just use the punch directly on the collage, since it is on the card base with dimensional tape it gave it more depth.  I also didn't get the flag inked up far enough down and had a bland spot at the bottom and had to stamp some other verses....but after all was said and done, I am glad I messed up and had to be creative to fix them...I like the end results!!

And just to let you know that over at Sparkle N Sprinkle these two stamp sets, Patriotic Background and Patriotic Icons are on sale 20% off until July 4th!!

Happy Stamping,
Jill
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