Monday, June 24

Stars and Stripes

Hello Monday, my friends! Welcome to our STARS AND STRIPES challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! With the Fourth of July coming up here in the USA, I thought I would make a card to celebrate freedom. 

We've had a great month with our guest designer, Jess, who has such a wonderful talent in mixed media! I have really enjoyed her projects, as I am sure you have. Jess, it's been great pleasure working with you.

UPDATE:  I am thrilled to have my Stars and Stripes chosen as a Favorite of the Week July 6 at Splitcoast Stampers!!


I started by cutting a sheet of yardstick into a 5.5 inch square card, and then stamped my images on the leftover strip. I also cut squares out of the Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy paper (I think I have found a new favorite steampunk source!)

I swiped distress oxides in red first on the craft sheet, spritzed it with water and laid the paper down on it. I repeated this with the blues. 

I laid my pieces out onto the chocolate card stock square, and popped up the stars and USA. 

Next, I added in stripes of white with stencil and white paint, using a cosmetic sponge. Then, I decided on my gear placement. 

Then, I decided to have some fun with embossing powders and laid down a couple of layers of Vintage Beeswax. Note - this is a great way to create an encaustic look without the mess of wax. I heated the beeswax up and sprinkled some Boho Paprika onto it and melted that in across the card. 


There you have it, my steampunk style Stars and Stripes card. I hope I've inspired you to join us in this fun challenge! One lucky participant, drawn at random, will win a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


 A GREAT place to shop!!

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Be sure to check out all the creative inspiration this week from the design team!


  1. Fabulous steampunk - so many great details! I just got that Stamperia collection, and you've given me lots of ideas, especially with the embossing powder. Have a great week - xx Lynn

  2. Gorgeous card Maura :-) I love the whole steampunk look! the colours and details are awesome! :-)

    hope you have a great weekend!
    Lols x x x

  3. Love your fantastic card! Maura. The star and gear embellishments are so beautiful! :)


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