Star Spangled Banner

by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Military Thanks

This week’s CAS-ology challenge cue is Song. I chose to be inspired by the Star Spangled Banner (I even managed a banner on the card!!).

When I first stamped the stars and stripes they ended up being very bold and overpowering the eagle image. One tip I learned in the Pattern Play course was to alter bold patterns to dampen their affect. I used distress inks (Old Paper & Tea Dye) to tone down the colors. Also, I originally cut closely around the eagle, but I think the lack of edge helped it get lost. So I stamped it again and this time left more of an outline; I think that brighter border helps bring focus to the image.

It is hard to tell in the photo, but the sentiment banner has some additional shading. After stamping the banner image with Linen ink, I went back with a Copic marker and slightly darkened the “behind” pieces.

The reason for the anchor is that this will be going to a naval recruit.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Est.1776, Bountiful Banners, Paper Tray;
Ink/Card Stock: Kraft, Cream, Linen, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy; Distress Inks (Ranger);
Other: Banner die;

6 thoughts on “Star Spangled Banner

  1. Awesome, awesome (and this is high praise, coming from a Canadian who chose “This is not America” as my song! lol!) You captured the nobility and majesty of your National Anthem so well! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  2. Fabulous card, Karen! Love the way you distressed the background and made the eagle and banner pop! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  3. this is the absolute perfect patriotic card!! love how you toned down the patterned paper… thanks so much for playing along with CASology!

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