Hello! Happy Sunday to you all! Thanks for joining me here at the HoneyBeeScraps blog for another way to use the amazing United States image from the No Place Like Home stamp set! A friend of mine was helping me brainstorm and she suggested the patriotic theme, which naturally goes with the USA image, and then suggested giving the image the stars and stripes. So I ran with that idea! (Thanks, Kelley!)
I started off by stamping the states image on white cardstock with VersaMark ink, and then heat embossing with black embossing powder. I love how crisp and clean these stamps are, they work beautifully with heat embossing! Then I added the teeny tiny star image from the No Place Like Home stamp set, also with VersaMark ink, but I used white embossing powder for them. After I heat set them, I had a great base to ink up.
I used regular Post-It notes to mask off the corner of my US image where I had added the tiny stars. I couldn’t fit 50, of course, but I figured it was just artistic license. I added Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and a little bit of Salty Ocean; I used the small round blending tool and foam and inked in a circular motion across my cardstock. I love how heat embossing resists inks so cleanly, it’s such a fun process.
After the blues, I removed my post-It notes and then used them to cover up the blue area. I cut a tiny strip off the top adhesive edge of a small stack of Post-It notes to get little strips that would stick neatly. I used these to mask off the white stripes across my US image. Again, I couldn’t quite fit all thirteen stripes but I think it looks fine in the end. I inked my paper with more Distress Inks, this time using Festive Berries and some Barn Door. I was careful around the edges of the sticky notes. Using the circular motion with the blending tool and foam allows for very smooth ink application that looks really great when you’re done. You can add as much or as little color as you like.
I carefully fussy cut the image after inking it. This was definitely the hardest part but I wanted the crisp edge. I used foam adhesive to add it to a 3″x4″ card of silver-foiled paper with diagonal stripes (from Studio Calico) and then tied a small bow under it with some red seam binding ribbon. I love the simplicity of this card because it really allows the inking to shine. You can’t tell in the photos, but I covered the entire image with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen for subtle sparkle, too.
Thanks for joining me for some inking today! Happy Crafting!