Monday, July 4, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Tim Holtz United States Die Tags

When my husband and I got married, one of the very first purchases he insisted on for our new house was was a flag pole!  And what a joy it's been over the years to see those stars and stripes waving above us in the yard.  The flag reminds me of how blessed I am to live where I do.  Right along with those feelings is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, which is "red, white and/or blue."  I tried to focus in on red/pink and teal/blue for my United States collage:


I had so much fun with that one that I decided to make three tags to go along with it:

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To create all of these projects, I started with sturdy white background paper and cut out the United States outline in black cardstock using a Tim Holtz US die.


Next I stamped background images in various colors onto my white paper bases.  I used some fabulous stamps from IndigoBlu for this, namely Raindroplets, Calculus and Rugged Edge.  Lots of good Tim Holtz stamps, too, and that ever-handy Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers set.
 

I did a little more stamping, then using sponges and Distress Ink, I smeared Distress Ink down the tag and also inked around the edges.  


I cut a few paper hydrangeas out of plaid paper with some Martha Stewart punches, glued them on, then glued a piece of the United States outline on top.  For the tags, I cut the US shape into thirds.  I added a piece of embroidery floss through the top hole and added the sentiment, which are from Tim Holtz's Occasions Small Talk stickers.


Here's the tag made from the middle of the US.  Same process, but a different color palette and I added die-cut stars instead of flowers. 


Here's the last section, which features an orange-y color scheme and uses polka dots and plus-sign-shaped dies: 


This was my first time playing with the United States die and I found it a lot of fun- especially when you can utilize the outline as well as the inside and frame all sorts of fun stuff behind it.

Here's the list of supplies I used the you can find at Simon Says Stamp:



I'm looking forward to seeing your red, white and/or blue projects this week!  Be sure to upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog to inspire the rest of us and to give yourself a shot at winning the $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!


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17 comments:

  1. 'MERICA! I love our country, too. And I love the look of it on your card and tags! Very you, very cool. Poster-worthy stuff. Tell the truth: did you try to build the US out of the die cut shapes? Happy 4th!

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  2. Andrea, I don't know how you do it, but "your" colors shine through even when it is red, white and blue! You know I love your palette! This has me wanting to pack up the camping gear and head out on a road trip. That big map reminds me of one I see on camping trailers where they fill in each state as they go there.

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  3. Gorgeous creations Andrea! I love how you used the states die! the colours and designs of the panel and the tags is absolutely fabulous! LOVE THEM :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  4. These are amazing! I love the colorful USA card, and your tags are super creative...wonderful, happy colors :)

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  5. Your tags are great, your colors are always spectacular! I love your entire map of the USA! The addition of those stars are wonderful! (oooh and thanks for the reminder about the MS Hydrangea punch, I have that in my stash somewhere lol) We also have a flag pole, well it's really a boat mast, and I know the feeling of looking at our flag flapping in the breeze!

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  6. This is so cool, Andrea! Love how you've worked with the usa die! So very pretty and so fun! Hugs, Sandra

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  7. I love this set with the map so cleverly divided. Great usage of the die. Lovely soft backgrounds and the deep black map against them. Lovely! Hugs, Marzena

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  8. love how you used this die Andrea...a delight for the eyes and 3 fabulous tags as a bonus...hugs kath xxx

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  9. love how you used this die Andrea...a delight for the eyes and 3 fabulous tags as a bonus...hugs kath xxx

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  10. Love how you split the map! So clever and cool!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  11. Love your beautiful tags! Andrea. The colors are so beautiful. :)

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  12. What a wonderful trio of tags Andrea and as always, the colours are just so beautiful and I love how you've divided the die cut between them all, so clever!

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  13. Such a feast for the eyes! Love those tags!

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  14. This is so pretty, Andrea! I love how you always get those gorgeous colors so vivid and bright. I would have no clue what to do with this stamp but your use of it is genius.

    Hugs,
    Cathie ♥

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  15. As always you have original ideas!!!You use this die in a way so clever!Love the colors, they are amazing! Great project! Barbara

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  16. As always you have original ideas!!!You use this die in a way so clever!Love the colors, they are amazing! Great project! Barbara

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  17. I absolutely love your map projects, Andrea! The tags are beautiful & creative, but the collage with the whole map is so wonderful! Thanks for your positive, encouraging comment on my blog--means so much to me!

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