This coming Sunday is the Fourth of July. Of course, no matter where you are, it’s the Fourth of July. But in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated as our Independence Day. With the colors of our flag being Red, White, and Blue, and with a flag filled with stars and stripes, how could I not pull out my long-neglected Stitched Stars Dies!?
Stitched Stars Dies Are So Versatile
In this card, you can see three different ways to use the plain stars in the Stitched Stars Dies set.
–Emboss With Them
The technique with which I had the most fun this time was embossing with those dies. Stampin’ Up! does not yet have an embossing sheet to go with its Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines. But I still have all of the tools for using dies to emboss that I had when Stampin’ Up! sold its former cutting machine. If you still have those, let me tell you that they definitely work. I embossed the stars on this card, including the star shown at the right, and the dies never cut through the cardstock.
–Just Cut Out a Star
–Cut the Outline of a Star
And it’s really a lot of fun to cut a smaller star and then cut around the edge of that star to create an outline star. That’s what I did with the star at the right. First I die-cut the smallest of the three stars I used for this card. Then I arranged the next larger star around the outline of the first star and once again ran the cardstock through the Cut & Emboss Machine.
You’ll notice when you cut out one of the plain stitched stars that there is not only stitching on the star you cut out. But there’s also stitching on the outside of the cut shape. What happens when you cut a second star around a previously cut star is that the second star captures the outside stitching of the first star in addition to adding its own inside stitching. So in this star, you see two lines of stitching, not just one. I love this effect!
Then I Needed a Sentiment
In the absence of a “Happy 4th of July!” sentiment, I figured that the best sentiment for this card would be, “Celebrate.” I liked the idea of stamping it on a strip that would cross over the stars on the card front. Unfortunately there isn’t a stamp with just that word in my stash of Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.
My second choice was to find a stamp with the word, “Celebrate,” in it. Maybe I could mask the other words in the sentiment. Bingo! Not only was there such a stamp in the stamp set, Hey Birthday Chick, it was one that was easily masked. Besides that, I really liked the font in this stamp. It certainly looks like fun.
To mask this stamp, I placed small pieces of a sticky note (pieces that had some sticky on them) over the top and bottom words. Then I inked up the stamp, removed the sticky note pieces and stamped just Celebrate onto my strip of Basic White Cardstock. I reused the same sticky note pieces for all three times that I stamped the word.
Have a Great Fourth of July
If you’re in the United States, I hope you have a fun day planned. I love summer picnics or other fun gatherings, concerts, and – especially – the Fireworks that many of us will finally have this year. We get to see the Hilo, Hawai’i, fireworks from our apartment building and I really missed them last year.
And if you’re not here in the USA, I hope you have a great day doing whatever it is that you’ll be doing to enjoy your Sunday!