Saturday, July 19, 2014


The current challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs' blog is "Patriotic or Red, White, & Blue." I prefer to use ODBD stamps for their challenges if possible, and didn't really have anything by them with a patriotic theme in my supplies. So I decided to go with the red, white, & blue color scheme instead. This is my first card.

I based my design on May Flaum's "square in a square" sketch, as featured in Week #2 of this year's Camp Scrap "By Design" class. Yes, I did an oval within a rectangle, but the principle is the same. (As a side note, if you have not registered for camp, I would highly recommend it! May is an excellent camp director, and the emphasis is on having fun. Registration is open for a couple more weeks, so head on over and go for it!)

I started by creating my background, since I knew it would take quite some time to dry. First, I die cut an oval from the center of a piece of blue cardstock, using the largest die from Spellbinders' "Classic Ovals" Nestabilities set, to create a frame. I got a Prima stencil and taped it over the frame. Then I smooshed some Chipped Sapphire Distress ink onto my non-stick craft mat, and used it to color some Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel Medium. (I chose the Chipped Sapphire because it's a darker blue than the cardstock, to give a nice tone-on-tone effect.) I spread that over the stencil with a palette knife until I had a fairly thin, smooth layer. I carefully lifted the stencil, and set that piece aside to dry.

For the focal panel, I die cut & embossed an oval from watercolor paper, using the same die I'd used on the blue frame. I stamped the "Chicory" image from Our Daily Bread Designs onto that piece using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, and colored it with Inktense pencils and a damp paintbrush.

After the gel medium on the frame panel had dried, I mounted it to a piece of burgundy cardstock, cut to 4.25x5.5". I glued my stamped oval piece into place in the frame's opening, and adhered the finished card front to an A2 card base. And there it is--an elegant card for a hero overseas to send home to his sweety!


  1. Oh how beautiful Andrea!! I just love the soft blue of the chicory against the bold blue with the red frame!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and card with us for the Red, White and blue Shining the Light challenge at ODBD!! I enjoy seeing your creations!

  2. Oh your card is so beautiful; love the background and your pretty flowers!

  3. Oh, Andrea, this is stunning! Your colors are vibrant, and I love this chicory image! Yes, this does not scream Fourth of July either!! So glad you've joined us again this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge! It's wonderful to see your designs!! Hugs!

  4. Beautiful card Andrea. Love the background that you created and your watercoloured chicory is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us in the ODBD Shining the Light red, white and blue challenge. Elizabeth


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