Friday, June 11, 2010

That's a Grand Ol Flag

by Lis Whiting

Grand Ol Flag

July Fourth (the United States' Independence Day) means a great deal to my family. My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War (and many others). Freedom is something very special and something I treasure. To honor all servicemen and women past, present and future, I made this card. The title of the card comes from the following lyrics.

You're a grand old flag,

You're a high flying flag,

And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of the land I love,

The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true

'Neath the Red, White and Blue.

Where there's never a boast or a brag.

But should auld acquaintance be forgot,

Keep your eyes on the grand old flag!

This card would also be great for Flag Day, celebrated here in the States on June 14.



  • Take the largest piece of typhoon and fold in half to create your base card.

  • Attach the layer of Kevin cardstock.

  • Attach the red as the next layer.

  • Attach the white to the smaller piece of typhoon and attach to the card.

  • Use a cuttlebug, sizzix or other to die cut the letters USA from the Cirque alphabet (Tim Holtz fabulous sizzix strip die).
    I cut the letters from some brown Basic Grey cardstock scraps I had lying around.
    Attach to the bottom left of the card diagonally.
  • To make the embellishments (star, heart and label with “10”)choose your die cuts from the Elements grunge board, and cover them with distress ink, as follows:
    • Heart – fired brick
    • The number 10 – faded jeans
    • The label – wild honey
    • The big star – faded jeans
    • The small star – spun sugar
    Coat with clear embossing powder and heat to emboss.
    • Use tweezers or alligator clip to hold the grunge board.
      Add embossing powder immediately after applying ink, and then again immediately after heating, so that the embossing powder sticks to the warm grunge board.
      Do this 3-4 times to get a really shiny coating on it.
  • Take a small hole punch and punch a hole in the centers of both stars.
    Attach the two stars together, using a glitter brad.

  • Punch a small hole in each of the numbers and the label, and attach the numbers to the label.
    Add two more glitter brads to cover the holes on either end of the label.

  • Attach the three embellishments with either a strong double sided tape or strong glue.
  • Add a border of peel off glitter gold sticker stars around the border.

I hope that you enjoyed this card. See you next time!

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