Cardmakers love holidays. It’s not that we need an excuse to make (or send!) a card, but holidays give us a special reason, and lots of inspiration. Fourth of the July cards are no exception. There are lots and lots of wonderful red, white & blue paper creations on the Internet, many (most?) of them featuring some version of our country’s flag. I am not the first person to envision the wavy lines from the Swirly Scribbles die set as perfect for the stripes on our flag, but I did try to put my own spin on this card. Maybe my ideas will help spark some of your own.
I started with a piece of white cardstock, and an old embossing folder that just happened to really fit the theme – but just about any kind of design would enhance this card. It wasn’t necessary, but it’s amazing how much an embossing folder can add to a card. I cut out those wavy stripes from some Real Red cardstock, and layered a couple of rows of them on top of the embossed white piece. Instead of a boring square for the upper left-hand corner, I went for a navy blue heart. I thought that three tiny stars was all that was needed here, but I realize that this would probably look even more like a flag if the heart was full of stars.
I couldn’t find anything in my stash that actually said “Happy 4th of July”, so I had to improvise. The word “happy” is actually from the new Happy Birthday Thinlits Die; I just snipped off the birthday part. For the rest, I just dug through my stash, finding a number 4, and a little “th” that would fit. It’s an easy-peasy card, but still bright and fun. For the inside, “Time to Celebrate” seemed appropriate (it’s from a retired project kit, Watercolor Wishes), and a row of stars gives it a more finished look (see below).
What are you doing for the holiday? Any big fireworks planned? Wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July! Thanks for stopping by!