Wednesday, April 9, 2008

American Splendor

My new set "The Free and the Brave" was sitting off to the side while I was playing with other sets, and now I wish I had gotten it out sooner. I love this set. I had so much fun making these cards and I really love the one with the dog tags, I might have to make more!



This first one was asking to be aged and distressed, seems that living in the 'sandbox' would distress you...so it was fitting for the card.


I used the Zig Painty on the tags to give them a silver rim and used the silver cording for the chain. I also have the soldier up on dimensionals. The "Sanded" background stamp is used on the Mellow Moss background, then sponged and the stars were added. I used my markers to color the stamp for the sentiment so that it could be in multi colors....remember to HUFF! and I stamped it twice so that it would fit on the two key tags. I call it my Dog-Tag punch, but SU doesn't, I think they should ;)



This second card took on a whole different personality then when I first started with it.


For both of the cards I used the Shimmery white paper for the main image, I often forget about this paper and it was a topic on SCS this past week, so I dug it out. With inks and blender pens, it colors beautifully!



I used my CuttleBug for the background and then with a tissue and white craft ink I distressed the background to make the squares pop a bit. Some wide red organdy ribbon behind the paper piercings with white/blue stars are added to the bottom. Our Proud American Eagle is up on dimensionals, proudly popping off the card. I sponged the three shades behind him. The gold to make him stand out and then the others to match the papers used (Not Quite Navy/Ruby Red).





16 comments:

JAR said...

Wow!! LOVE both of these!! I really like what you did with the punch on the second one. I have that punch and never seem to use it! These are both just wonderful. LOVE the dog tags too! I may have to case you! (When I get that set lol)

Rhonda L said...

You are so talented!! I love all the layering and detailing. Beautiful coloring on both!!!

Vera said...

These are awesome cards, Katie!!! Love the dog tags!

Beth said...

These are awesome! I just love them - they are beautifully done!

Sue at StampnDaly said...

Two awesome cards. Great job

Mary Dawn said...

those are awesome, katie! i love the stars n stripes on the second one!

Nardi said...

The cards look great. I really like the use of the CB embossing on the second one. TFS!

Kisa Peters said...

Wow! These are great patriotic cards! Love them!

Annie said...

These are wonderful!!! Awesome Katie. Oh, and I got my 3 I ordered today! PERFECT and just gorgeous! Thank you!

mimihas5 said...

Both of your cards came out beautiful!

Mary

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful job on both cards.

Godelieve said...

Love how you did the stars and stripes on the second card!!

Riley said...

Wow, these are awesome! I really love the first one and the dog tags you created, just perfect for this set!

Thank so much for sharing both of your creations!!!

Amanda Sewell said...

I absolutely love how the second card turned out! How gorgeous Katie :)

Jen said...

Wow! these are both great cards! I love what you did with the dog tags. I may have to case these=).
Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

Love, love, love these cards! I really like what you did with the dog tags. TFS!