stars & stripes

Hello there. I needed a boy’s birthday card so turned to Julie Hickey’s star dies as the focus for the card. I took the layout from the sketch over at As You See It (swapping the circles for stars), together with the colours from Color Hues, adding in their optional theme of ‘stars & stripes’. I also included three elements from Festive Friday‘s inspo list (stripes, black & enamel embellishments) and will be sharing this with Happy Little Stampers‘ stencil challenge.

That’s quite a list! I started with a square of white card and blended ‘chipped saphhire’ Distress Oxide through the small stripes on Julie’s ‘fern foliage’ stencil, repeating it until the card was covered. That then went onto a 6×6 card blank.

I next cut several of the star dies in red & black card, layering them up and attaching them to the card front. They all fit together so well – there’s a mixture of frames and centres on here.

I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut banner using the ‘chipped sapphire’ and attached that to the card front. It definitely needed more adding to it, so I scattered a few dark navy Glossies enamel stars around it and popped a light blue one in the centre of the top star. I also added the little red card ones that came out of one of the die cuts – nothing went to waste!

Thanks for dropping in. It’s been another very hot day here – we’re officially in a heatwave now! I spent the day at the coast with a friend, so at least there was a bit of a sea breeze there, but it is still uncomfortably warm this evening. No sign of it cooling over the next week, so I’ll just have to stay indoors and craft!

17 thoughts on “stars & stripes

  1. Deborah, the stencilled background is fabulous – such a sense of life and movement! The variations on the stars adds real interest to the design. Great job. Thanks for joining us again at As You See It.

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  2. Love the layering of the stars and the stencil is a great way to add interest and create a fun striped background. Stay cool! Thanks for sharing with us over at festive Friday and As You See It this week!

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  3. What a great card, Deborah! I love that stenciled background and those fun stars! I Love that each star die is different! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

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  4. Wow, love these stars, Deborah – what fun patterns for layering! They look very cool over that background – awesome stencil! Thanks so much for playing at As You See It!

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  5. Love the variety of the stars against the stenciled background. The sketch works well on a square layout! Thanks for using our sketch at As You See It Challenges!

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