Happy Independence Day!

Today is Independence Day for those of us here in the United States. I just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone here a very happy 4th! If you plan to use any personal fireworks tonight, please be safe and don’t let the kiddos get too close to them!

Mel's Card Corner | Happy Independence Day

For today’s card, I decided to stick with a patriotic theme and use good ol’ red, white, and blue in honor of the holiday. I started by doing some dry embossing using a couple of embossing folders from Stampin’ Up!® I used the new Pinewood Planks to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock and I used the celebrate folder from the Celebrations Duo set to deboss a piece of Night of Navy cardstock.

To help the debossed word show up easier, I dragged a Whisper White Craft (pigment) ink pad lightly over the cardstock. I love how it gave a bit of a weathered look to the navy cardstock, so I decided to play that up a bit more and used my Paper Snips to distress the edges of the navy layer a bit.

Mel's Card Corner | Happy Independence Day

Now is the point where I’ll also reveal a little “Christmas in July” secret about this card. The striped patterned paper I used for the bottom panel is actually from a Christmas paper collection. It’s from the new Be Merry DSP pack from the new annual catalog which launched on June 1. I thought it worked beautifully for this card. I love when I can find ways to incorporate my Christmas papers into cards for other occasions throughout the rest of the year!

To assemble the card, I created a top-folding card base using Night of Navy cardstock. I adhered the DSP panel to the bottom half of the Whisper White layer using Snail adhesive then adhered the Celebrate debossed piece in the middle using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Once I had the focal panel assembled, I matted it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock using Snail, then adhered that to the card base. Finally, I added a few Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler star enamel shapes to complete my card.

If you would like to purchase any of the products I used for this card, you can find them all in my online store. I have links to everything I used in the product list below my signature.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

Signature Image

Product List

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

Whisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill

Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Big Shot

Regals Enamel Shapes

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Stampin' Dimensionals

Paper Snips Scissors

Stampin' Trimmer

Simply Scored

Bone Folder


  1. Izzy Scrap says:

    A fabulous card, Melissa ! Love all the details (techniques) you added for giving more interest to your card ! Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

  2. Jane says:

    Super card! Love all the different techniques you’ve used while still preserving that important empty white space needed for a CAS look. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  3. Sarah says:

    Striking, fun and super classy take on the ‘words take centre stage’ challenge at AAA Cards and your national flag colours at Less is More. Love the bold design and fantastic use of colour. Thanks for joining us at both challenges.

  4. Nikki Spencer says:

    PERFECT! This is such a fab interpretation of our Just Add Ink challenge! Happy 4th Melissa and thanks for sharing at JAI.

  5. Anita says:

    Love the way the design is split by the bold distressed sentiment. Love the embossing and a great example of shopping your stash by using Christmas paper!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

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