SOTW - Land of the Free

What perfect timing for this week's Stamp of the Week from Repeat Impressions! July 4th (USA) is just around the corner and I am so thankful for the many men and women who serve and have served our country...and for those that lost your life defending our freedom - I thank you and celebrate you!!!

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

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A co-worker's son is at boot camp right now, so I created this with him in mind. Tried something new with this card too - paint! Julee Tilman did it on one of her cards recently and it literally took my breath away. I used it a bit differently, but still really like the way it turned out!

The white later and small oblong blue layer are both distressed on all edges. I embossed the blue layer with several different images - two stars from PTI's All Star Team, the polka dot star from PTI's anniversary set a year ago and the round star image is from All Star Team Additions.

I tore the red and blue papers, but didn't "worry" if they aligned or were just the right size. Ah...stepping out of my clean and straight lines. LOL I painted the blue layer with white paint and let it dry - just took a couple of minutes. Then I stamped the "Land of the Free" image with Versamark ink and dumped on some dark blue embossing powder. LOVE the way it looks. The blue paper is Bazzill so it's not a smooth surface to begin with. I smudged both the blue and red layer with Black Soot Distress ink, I think I'm really going to like the Black Soot ink. I just bought it this week!

I stamped and embossed the circle star image and punched out with a 1 1/4" circle punch. The main layers and round image were both mounted with dimensionals.

The lines on the white paper were made using a template and sponging on the red...again, I didn't worry about the lines being "perfect" in color. For the inside, I distressed a white panel, created two score lines at the bottom, stamped a row of stars & polka dots from All Star Team Additions in SU! Really Red, and "Be Your Best" in SU! Night of Navy.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit The House That Stamps Built to see what great deals Wendy has going on!! And don't forget to visit the DT members; they have some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G creations to share with you!

Have a great week; hugs, ~M.

Stamps: Repeat Impressions Land of the Free; PTI All Star Team, All Star Team Additions, Anniversary Set
Papers: SU! Really Red, Bazzill Blue, GKD 80 lb. white
Ink: Versamark, SU! Really Red, SU! Night of Navy:
Accessories: paint, embossing powder (clear & blue), circle punch, Scor-Pal


  1. This is GREAT card. I love the way you have painted the white on blue then stamped the flag/sentiment image. Very creative!

  2. Awesome, Michele! How fun to use paint! I love the torn pieces, and all the stars, too.

  3. love the distressing and torn paper! This is a fabulous card!

  4. Super awesome, Michele!! I LOVE the distressed look! Great background, too!

  5. Awesome shabby chic patriotic card Michelle! How cool to use the white paint on the blue!

  6. Fabulous card. Love how you tore the paper and inked it up.

  7. Beautifully done ...love patriotic cards!

  8. oh Michele, this is fabulous, I love the background you created for the flag...just fabulous!!!

  9. Wonderful card, Michele. Great background and I like how you've torn the edges and sponged the image panel.

  10. Michele, this card looks great! The way you did your distressing is the best part! I love it! I've been behind with reading all of my favorite blogs lately... so i'm catching up today. But I remember seeing this card before and being so impressed with the distressing. Wonderful work! :)


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