Happy 4th of July everyone!

For this card I decided to make a mixed media card with Hedgehog Hollow ephemera and a few other items. these products are part of the subscription monthly box. If you get this box you will have so many options for your holiday cards. It is fun to send folks a card when they least expect it. Fourth of July is one of those holidays we rarely send out cards so let’s share some joy to the folks you know that would love to get an unexpected card.

I will explain how this card was made. Now you will see how easy ephemera cards are to make. This is a 5×7 inch card and the layers are simply 1/4 inch smaller then the one they are placed upon.

I started by creating the American flag using the flag stencil. Because I wanted the flag to show the red, white, and blue. (To look aged I did use cream colored paper instead of pure white.) It was a bit more complicated. I had to mask the stencil in order to vary the colors. In order to create an aged effect I used the ‘Splatter Square’ Stamp only on the red by stamping through the stencil in a darker shade of red.

The final step in making the flag was to ink the entire blue section in blue. When dry I used paste through the Star part of the stencil to create the stars on the blue.

I cut the stenciled flag out.

I picked a couple pieces of ephemera from the kit to use on the card. This also provided me with a bit of a sentiment.

Now I cut out a standard A-2 card base in dark green. I wanted the background to be rustic and aged. I decided on making wood planks out of some wood grain paper I had. Next I die cut the planks and inked them. (Tim Holtz Die.)

The final step was to assemble the pieces into an eye pleasing arrangement. I punched two holes in the upper corners of the flag so I could hang the flag in front of the planks using twine. I did add a few metal stars to the card front.

Happy Birthday America!