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Thu 04

Striped July Birthday Wishes
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  If you are in the United States, happy 4th!  I wanted to make a card today that used some red, white and blue for the holiday, and I also wanted to include some stripes since that is this month's challenge theme.  One of the nice things about big, bold graphic flowers is that they are so easy to change colors or patterns to fit the occasion or recipient.

To make my stripes, I took a kraft notecard and some Eclipse Masking tape to tape off  a rectangle for my stripes.  Whenever I do this method, I usually start by inking my lightest color over the entire taped off area.  However, when I did this step on my card, my ink was VERY similar to the color of the card:


Yep.  Pretty much the same color.  I tried a couple of layers to try and make it darker, but to no avail.  I do think that this step did make it easier for my next stripes to be applied with smoother ink though, so I don't think the whole process was wasted.  If you do have a slightly darker ink than your card, I would go with that.

Next, I added more strips of tape and sponged on my colors:


I sponged the piece with Vintage Photo, removed the tape, and added more tape before finishing off with some Walnut Stain ink.

Here is a close up of the flowers and stripes:


As a final nod to Independence Day, I made the card into a birthday card. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and if you are celebrating it, a very happy holiday.







Thanks for showing us how to use stripes so effectively. Great card!

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