I am very excited to participate in my first blog hop, courtesy of Kate’s Crafty Closet. I “met” the owner on Periscope–Tony, who makes the most gorgeous cards. More importantly, Dillon (my 7 year old) was able to watch a guy crafting and realized crafting is not just for girls. He instantly fell in love with Tony and watching him work! You can follow Tony on Periscope with the handle @tonymac1974.

I love the Fourth of July, the fireworks, parades, barbecues, and celebrating our country. When Tony announced the theme for the blog hop I knew instantly what I wanted to do–a flag with the words “Home of the Free because of the Brave” somewhere on my work.

I didn’t have a flag stencil so I decided to try making one with my Cricut, using the holographic vinyl (all links are affiliate links) like this one: Cricut Holographic Vinyl on Amazon. This is the first time I’ve done this so I was hoping it would work!

“Weeding” the stencil. I decided to save the stars.

I was participating in Tony’s Friday evening Periscope Art Train, so I decided to work on it during my portion.

Let the creating begin!

You can watch me creating this on Periscope here!

For the words, I used my iPad, Apple Pencil, and the app Procreate to draw what I wanted to say. I just started using Procreate this last week so I’m still learning. I settled on this:

Next I wanted to print it on tissue paper–another process that requires some prayer! I use a glue stick to tack down the tissue paper onto printer paper and then feed it through. I have to be careful because I don’t want to jam up my printer. My mother in law bought me this printer for Christmas last year and I love it (thank you Becky!! <3)!!! It’s a Canon Pixma TS5020 and so far it’s been able to do whatever crazy ideas I’ve come up with! And it’s less than $100, which is a steal in my opinion.

I love printing on white tissue paper because when I glue it down with medium, it dries clear. I sprayed it with Krylon Fixatif to try to keep the ink from smearing when I used the wet mediums.

As you can see, creating is not a simple process–it’s a lot of trial and error and happy mistakes 🙂

I continued working on it a little bit the next night, Saturday night, during Lil Deb’s Creative Crew Art Block. Second Periscope

I didn’t quite like how it was looking…it was divided into two parts with the flag on top and the wording and ribbon on the bottom. I also wasn’t happy that my ink smudged. I decided to go to bed and look at it with fresh eyes in the morning.

So today I woke up and looked at it again. I knew instantly what I wanted to do. I had some parchment paper that I could use and if I overlapped it slightly onto the flag, it would help my piece look more cohesive.

I carefully traced the words I had written and glued the parchment paper down.

I sealed it with a coat of Golden Regular Gel Gloss and let it dry. I’m thinking of selling it in In my Etsy shop, along with the stencil. You can also check out my work on My Society6 site. From July 2nd to July 4th, use promo code HAPPY4TH to get 40% off all purchases on the Society6 website!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and make sure to check out these other amazing, crafty bloggers!!

Anthony Macaluso – Kate’s Crafty Closet

Priscilla Joseph – Nubble Light Designs

Sarmin Lancaster – Funtastic Crafts

Lisa Bedigian – Royal Pumpkin Art

11 Comments

  1. I love it! I love all your art pieces and your writing, it’s just beautiful. So glad this will be for sale. I will definitely be ordering one.

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