Friday, June 27, 2008

July 1st New Releases - Clear Dollar Stamps

Today is the first day we are allowed to start sharing July's new releases. I am absolutely (oh so absolutely) in love with the stamp set I'm going to share with you today. I've previously mentioned my Dad being one of the original Darby's Rangers from WWII. So I love anything patriotic.

This new set is called Liberty and is going to cost you $7.99 for a set of 14 stamps!

When I saw the Sketch Challenge 182 over on SplitcoastStampers I knew I had to use this stamp set. From there the card evolved on it's own and I LOVE how it turned out.

What do you think?

The green cardstock is from Close To My Heart and has a white core. So I sanded the cardstock to distress it. I sponged all the tan pieces to age them a bit. Then for the main image I used the "cracked glass" technique. It's the first time I've done this technique but I knew this image would look great with it...and it does! Basically you take an embossing ink pad and ink up the whole piece of cardstock...then add clear embossing powder (if you have the Ultra Thick Embossing Powder it works better...but you can do multiple layers of regular embossing powder if that is what you own). Heat the whole piece with your heat gun till it melts. Repeat layers if necessary. Mine is a coarser version of the fine embossing powder but not quite as thick as UTE so I did two layers. Then I stuck the image in the freezer for a few minutes. When I pulled it out I was able to bend the paper and "crack" the glass. Then to continue with the distressing I sponged brown ink onto the "glass" to emphasize the crack.

In addition to the two stamps you see on this card (the main image and the word "Hero" - this set also includes an image of the Liberty Bell, a circle of little stars, three different size stars, and the following word phrases "your", "my", "Thank You", "for fighting for our freedom", "sacrifice", "for", and "LIBERTY and justice for all".

Hope everyone enjoys this card as much as I enjoyed making it! Also, others from the Design Team will begin posting to their blogs today as go check out their blogs (links to their blogs are posted on the right side of my blog). Tell them Jane sent you!



Concetta said...

How great! I am glad that the sketch challenge inspired you. It inspired me too! I like the cracked glass too. I would like to try that sometime. I am not sure I have what I need? Will you bring your colored pencils on Sunday?

Laurie Wilson said...

Love how simple this is and how much it says. The cracked glass was a perfect element for this image. Nice!

Diane said...

Oh, yes! I love this set and your card is wonderful. Love the crackle effect and particularly great for this stamp. Great faux stitching. Just BEAU-TI-FUL!!!

Can't wait to see you other yummies coming up. I'll be back!

Erin Bigler said...

Jane, this is just so handsome! Love the cracked glass effect - so perfect w/this image! Beautiful!

Marcia said...

Wow, Jane, this card is awesome.


Jennifer Ofiana said...

That is such a great card, I love everything about it. I especially love the softer colors and the sketch!

Katie Renz said...

I really love the look and how your card turned out. That cracked glass technique looks perfect too.

Seleise said...

this is stunning, Jane!