Friday, 17 June 2011

Waltzingmouse Blogwaltz - 4th of July theme

Welcome to the June Waltzingmouse Blog waltz! I'm ashamed that it has been a month since my last post, but I have been very busy down scaling my craft room to a single cupboard (more details of that to come in a future post), and I haven't had the time or space to craft. It was with great joy that I got out all my stuff to make this card for the waltz. I was in desperate need of a card for a friend who has gone above and beyond and needed a little thank you for being such a star, and here is the result! I was a little reluctant about what kind of card I could make with a 4th of July theme -what with being British and all! - but I LOVE stars, and so I got cracking.
I started with my ultimate pro, and using the embossing board I embossed a large star onto white card. I wanted to create a mask, and so cute out from white copy paper a smaller star using a craft knife. I used my walzting mouse teeny trees set, and the stamp I used was what I think of as the starry tree, which is the bottom right of the photo above. I stamped this through the mask onto my embossed star using this starry tree in cracked sapphire distress ink.
Here's the star when the mask was removed!
I then sponged the edges with more distress inks and set aside.

A while back I got a bargain in Ikea after Christmas with these packs of ribbon. 29p for a pack of 20.
I think they're meant to be for hanging christmas decorations on your tree, but I just cut them up to make bows. In this case I just cut strips of white to go across the red card.
I also bought some blue napkins from Ikea that are covered in stars, and this is the first time I've used them! I glued the single layer of the napkin onto a piece of scrap card and left to dry. I then embossed a piece of red card with a fantastic Crafts Too star embossing folder.

To finish it off I had some cute luggage labels (80 for 99p at the works!bargain!) which I stamped with the tiny star from the teeny trees set, and the word 'Star' is from a set of Banana frog stamps.


And this is it all together! Sorry my photos are a little dark, but hopefully you can see the main bits!
If you've never tried masking then you should definately give it a try, as it can transform the stamps you have!
Enjoy the waltz!

16 comments:

  1. Super card, great idea.

    Ali x

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  2. Brilliant idea - love the ribbon stripes!! And the star is beautiful!

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  3. I love how you created the star - could also work for Christmas very well!

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  4. Fantastic card and great bargains!

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  5. What a wonderful design with the white ribbon stripes and your fun star stamping!

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  6. Gorgeous card, the ribbon stripes are so effective!

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  7. What a perfect Americana card! Love your star!!

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  8. Gorgeous!! Love the star & the ribbons!!

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  9. This is fabulous and way to use up the household items that you own! You are very creative for sure!

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  10. Oh sooo cool! I love how you made the stripes with the ribbon, and your star is beautiful. Love how you made the pattern in the middle, it almost looks painted! What a great card...from Britain with love ;)

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  11. I really like the techniques you used in this card. The star is amazing!

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  12. ....oh wow this is amazing....luv the star...hope you have a great weekend!

    ...enjoy *~*

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  13. This is so creative. Your large "masked" star is just fantastic!!

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  14. What a fun way to make that star and I love the ribbons around your red panel! Great job!

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  15. This is such a creative design, and I love how you created the star.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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