Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrate AMERICA!

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

The Inspiration Emporium DT had a July Challenge to make something Red, White, and Blue to "Celebrate America" for the blog.

This is the tag I came up with and it was really hard for me.

No stamps, no papers, not much in the way of ephemera to work with.....

So it took me a bit.

I started with a tag....the colors here are true. I wrote them on a protegee of the tag ...see the smudges?
Festive Berries, Antique Linen in the center strip and Faded Jeans with a bit of Broken China.
Just load up your Ink Applicator and run down the tag in stipes.

Now remember, I work at night, I'm a vampire...hence the night shot under the Ott light is a bit different than the completed project.

But if you want a tutorial, you'll have to take what I can get in the middle of the night!!!!

Then the Spritz and Flick with water drops....

I used a Julie Balzer Stencil, an older one with 3 sizes of drops on it.

Here I wanted to symbolize...BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS in the background rows.

I know the 4th is a Happy holiday, but I wanted to say there would be no HAPPY holiday without a lot of blood, sweat and tears from others. 

The tears were added with Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

Now, we're into daylight......

The little star buttons from Prima were inked with Distress Markers. Some on the front and one on the back for the correct contrasting color.

The Scrabble tiles had color added to the sides with markers as well.

Now, the wooden stars.....the large one has Suze's Disco Ball BeaDazzles on it.


And the smaller one is colored with various shades of Markers.

I added some white pen to accent the drops.

And the Mixed Media stamp over the background with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Layer it onto Black Chipboard, tie a couple of vintage seam tape ribbons on top and it's done!

Everyone have a safe and fun 4 of July.

Be good to each other...

*Products Used:*

From Ranger:
Suze-BeaDazzles-Disco Ball

From Tim Holtz:

From Balzer Designs:
The Crafter's Workshop Stencil-TCW229S

From Prima:
Wood Buttons-Songbird Collection

Other Products:
Posca-Extra Fine White Pen
Black Chipboard
Scrabble Letters
Wooden Stars
Vintage Ribbons


inkypinkycraft said...

Have a great day!! Love your tag! Fab trace x

artbyvic said...

Fabulous tag! Happy Independence Day to you!

Netty said...

Have a smashing day and loving your tag, x

Elaine A said...

Linda -

What a beautiful, inspiring tag! I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing how you made it. Have a safe and fun $th of July!!

Elaine Allen

Michelle Webb said...

Brilliant tag Linda, I just love the start in the middle. Genius to just turn it round a little bit. Really effective. Michelle x

SusanK said...

Yep, definitely love this tag! And the blood, sweat and tears is a superb idea.

Lori said...

Love this tag! Superb with the supplies you had to work with! Love it!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous Tag, the elements all work so well together. Love the use of the stencils, I finally have some on order can't wait to try them out. Shirley

Bella said...

I love all the layering and textures you have going here.

Wanda H said...

Wonderful tag, Linda!!! I haven't had my beadazzles out in ages.

Susan said...

Fabulous tag!

Karen Conner said...

This is my favorite one yet! Love the "blood, sweat & tears" You rock on these tags!

Marijane said...

Beautiful patriotic tag for the 4th of July... I wish you a happy one!

Debby said...

This is beautiful! Love the comment about being a vampire! Too funny especially after seeing the Abraham Lincoln Vampire movie.

2amscrapper said...

Great layering and texture--I especially like your interpretation of "blood, sweat and tears" and use of BeaDazzles. I've even entered the challenge!

butterfly said...

Great tag... layering and details all so beautifully designed and put into practice!
Alison x