Hey, crafty friends! It’s Heather here today and I am excited to share an extra dose of inspiration with the new products from our Stars & Stripes release! Do you have a favorite tradition for the 4th of July? One of mine is watching the fireworks in a boat on the lake at my parents place. There’s nothing like floating on the water and watching the bursts and sparkles in the sky with my family as we all ooohhh and ahhh over the different colors, shapes, and sizes. I loved crafting with all of the new patriotic goodness that remind me of this happy tradition!

I have lots of Stars & Stripes inspiration to share with you today. There’s a video from Joy Baldwin along with more projects from the TE Creative Team. Sit down, relax, and get your scroll on!

Here’s one more reminder about the Downtown Border die that you can earn FREE with a qualifying purchase through this weekend:

Right now through Sunday, May 29th you will get the Downtown Border die FREE with a purchase of $75 or more. This cityscape border coordinates with many of the new products from the Stars & Stripes release to create a patriotic scene on your card creations, plus this border die will work well for many other card themes and occasions! Offer valid while supplies last.

Click below to shop the new release products and then keep scrolling for all of today’s inspiration!

Today’s video from Joy Baldwin brings back some ‘old school’ distressing techniques that were trendy a while back in the paper crafting world. The look pairs beautifully with the flag image on the Star Spangled Banner stamp. Watch the video below to see how Joy created the effect:

In the video, Joy shares how she created the distressed effect on her patriotic card created with the Star Spangled Banner stamp. Stamping the flag in multiple colors is quick and easy by using a low tack tape to mask off the different areas of the stamp when inking it up. Once the image is stamped, Joy used a brayer and Toffee ink to add a distressed effect over the flag and background. Joy did a few other techniques to add an even more distressed look: swiping Toffee ink directly onto the cardstock, adding splatters with a few ink colors, and running and open pair of scissors along the cardstock edges to rough them up.

The ‘stars & stripes forever’ sentiment on the card is from the new Land That I Love stamp set (+ coordinating dies) is stamped with Blue Corn ink and paired with a sentiment strip from the Simple Strips – Birthday stamp (cut out with the Simple Strips die).

Check out the list below for all of the supplies that Joy used on her card:

Here’s another round up of cards created by the TE Creative Team with the new products from the Stars & Stripes release:

Here’s another patriotic card created with the Star Spangled Banner stamp by Emily Mydlowski and her card is full of sparkle and shine! Emily stamped the flag image with Blueberry and Cherry Pop inks on Sugar Cube cardstock and added it to a silver glitter panel. The ‘brave’ word is stamped and embossed in silver with the On the Block – Brave stamp, cut out with the coordinating die, and layered onto additional die cuts in Cherry Pop and dark blue glitter cardstock. Emily completed the sentiment with a few sentiment strips from the Building Blocks – Brave Additions stamp (+ coordinating die).

(Make sure to stop by Emily’s blog to see the distressed card she also created with the Star Spangled Banner stamp!)

Jill Hawkins framed up a patriotic design with the new Mix & Match – Stars & Stripes Cutting Plate dies. The background is pieced together with strips of Sugar Cube Cardstock cut out with the Easy Strips – 1/4″ and Easy Strips – 1/2″ dies and then Jill stenciled a design using the Masking Stencils – Rectangles set paired with the Masking Stencil – Stars set using Blueberry ink. The sentiment is from the Land That I Love stamp set (+ coordinating dies) and the card is finished off with Bits & Pieces – Drip Drops and little stars cut out with the Little Bits – Stars die.

This card by Melody Rupple makes me think of watching the New York City fireworks on television for the 4th of July! The background is created with a Foil It – Starstruck panel that is foiled with Gold Deco Foil and has details added using the stencils from the Starstruck Stamp, Stencil, & Clear Combo set. The ‘celebrate freedom’ sentiment from the Land That I Love stamp set is embossed in gold on Cherry Pop cardstock and is the perfect base for the Statue of Liberty die cut! Melody scattered extra stars throughout the card design that were cut out with the Little Bits – Stars die.

Kavya created a night cityscape scene on this card using the Downtown Border die and Statue of Liberty die. The night sky in the background is created with a Foil It – Fireworks panel that is foiled in silver and blended with Cookie Monster, Blueberry, and Blue Corn inks. The scene is framed with the Mix & Match – Stars & Stripes Cutting Plate dies and I love how Kavya backed the dies with Sugar Cube cardstock to show off the pattern and how she tucked the frame and trimmed it to fit behind the cityscape at the bottom of the card.

This super sparkly and festive 4th of July shaker card was created by Noriko Fairchild! Noriko foiled a Foil It Acetate – Happy 4th of July panel using multiple colors of Deco Foil with her Minc machine: Red, Silver Stars, and Blue. The foiled acetate is framed using the Mix & Match – Stars & Stripes Cutting Plate dies and the shaker is filled with a mix of the Bits & Pieces – Clay Stars and Bits & Pieces – Stars & Sparkles.

Today, join me (Heather Nichols) live for “T Time” at 10AM Central on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page. I’ll be sharing a crafty project that is perfect for summertime – come join in the fun! (Don’t worry, if you miss the live you can always watch the saved broadcast afterward!)

That wraps up the inspiration for our Stars & Stripes release! Share your patriotic card creations with us on the Fans of Taylored Expressions Facebook Page – if you aren’t a member of the group, come join us to see all of the crafty TE inspiration that is shared by your fellow TE fans. Next week is the release of our newest kit! Stop by the blog this weekend for a sneak peek!

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