Sunday, June 30, 2013

This month's AIR Theme Challenge is something patriotic. I've never really made a 4th of July card before because I've never found the perfect stamp design to commemorate our nation's birthday.

Enter Authentique Paper. Authentique printed a great collection of papers called "Pride" that I really liked. Combine "Pride" with IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento Luxe™ Mixed Media Pigment Inks, and I was excited!

by Debbie Gaetz for IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®

Using IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento Luxe™ Mixed Media Pigment Ink in Danube Blue, I applied the ink to the exposed areas of the ivory-colored base card. This new ink is fast becoming my favorite 'go-to' ink for stamping.

I cut 1/4-inch strips from the red-designed Authentique paper for the flag stripes; another thin strip for a flag staff; a rectangle from the blue and white star designed Authentique paper; and a red-white-and-blue background Authentique paper to fit the base card and use under the flag.

For the flag, I used a silver metallic text-weight paper cut into a rectangle for the base of the flag. With 1/8-inch Scor Tape, I laid down the red stripes onto the silver paper, followed by the rectangle for the stars.

As a way to prominently highlight the letters U-S-A, I used the Inchie Squares from Inchie Arts in white and gray. I stamped each letter on the white Inchie Square with IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento Luxe™ in Love Letter. I layered the white Inchie Square at an offset on top of the gray Inchie Square.

I then applied red crystals along the left side of each white Inchie Square, and around the perimeter of the base designer paper. Clear crystals were applied to several of the stars on the rectangular corner of the flag.

by Debbie Gaetz for IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®

Thanks so much for allowing me to share this simple card design with you. I wish all of you a safe and Happy Fourth of July celebration here in the USA . . . the best country in the world!

Supplies used:
  • IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko Memento Luxe™ Mixed Media Pigment Ink in  Danube Blue and Love Letter.
  • Authentique "Pride" 6x6 paper bundle
  • Alphabet stamp (manufacturer unknown)
  • Ivory 6-1/2" x 5" base card
  • Metallic silver paper 3" x 5"
  • Crystals in red and clear


  1. Great job and wonderful tutorial. I pinned this.