Thursday, June 20, 2024

Stars & Stripes Forever Challenge #381

Welcome to our newest challenge!

Stars & Stripes Forever!

Now, we know that Art Impressions has a lot of international fans, so for this challenge your project does NOT need to be patriotic themed, though it certainly can be. You must use stars or stripes on your creation. 

Before we see what Dori created for her first ever Feature, let's see who won our Panda-Monium challenge. (Black & White or Pandas)

For our Top Spot we chose

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Our Lucky Random Winner was:

#7 Becca Yahrling

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Congratulations Lynn and Becca!

Enjoy your new stamps.

Be sure to check out the new Fairy series that just released yesterday as well as all the other new releases! So many fun, new sets!

See all the NEW 2024 releases HERE.

Now on to Dori's Stars & Stripes Forever card.
Though she chose to use a Patriotic theme for the challenge, remember, you only need
to use stars or stripes unless you want to use a red, white and blue theme for Independence Day.

Let's see and hear about what she's made to inspire you!
Be sure to check out her quick little video to see the pop-up surprise.


 Hello Art Impressions Fans!

I'm excited to share my feature post for the new blog challenge - Stars and Stripes Forever.   Any card or project with stars and stripes will work for this challenge so I hope you will play along.  I love all of the July 4th fanfare here in the good ole USA, from parades to barn dances to fireworks displays.     Such a great time for family fun and celebration!

So, with that, I decided to create an interactive card that is sure to get us all in the mood for the festivities.

I began with the #5455 Birthday Buggy set and the #5494 Front Porch Patriotic set.  I stamped all of the images onto copic friendly paper and colored each with my copic markers (colors listed below).  If you look at the pictures below, you will notice there is a pull tab and when you pull it to the right, the flags pop up.  So much celebration going on in this little buggy.  LOL!  

This mechanism was inspired by the Lawn Fawn Swish n Pop die set.  The acetate piece (arm) was cut manually so that the flags were hidden behind the buggy when down.  Picture 1 shows the shape of the arm and the two small holes cut into the base of the arm.  As you can see, it doesn't have to be pretty or exact because it will be hidden.  There are also 4 small holes in the background paper.  Depending on which hole you use, will determine where your pop up displays.  I used the farthest one to the left.

Picture 1:

The pull tab is attached with a small brad (#4968 White Brad 50 pack) to the bottom hole of the arm and another brad attaches the arm to the background paper.  (See picture 2)  In order for the pull tab to not flap around, you will want to create a collar to minimize the movement of the pull tab.  Glue the collar to the background paper and slide the pull tab through it.  Test your mechanism to see where the flags will pop up.  Glue the flags to the acetate arm, making sure the buggy will cover them when down and they pop up where you want them to.  Place a small piece of foam tape as a stopper so the flags don't go over too far.  Place foam tape to the bottom of the background paper making sure not to hinder the mechanism from moving.

Picture 2:

Lastly, place your bottom panel over the foam tape and test the mechanism by pulling on the pull tab.  If all works well, adhere to the card base.  While the flags are down, mark the pull tab where it matches up to the side of the card.  (See Picture 3)  Pull the tab out and cut at your mark.  Stamp the tab end with the word "Pull" or cover with a piece of colored paper with an arrow so the recipient knows to pull the tab.

Picture 3:

Now you are ready to decorate the card.  I cut a piece of black cardstock (about an inch wide) and used a gold pen to create the yellow lines in the road.  Place the road on the bottom panel and glue down.  Glue the buggy onto the road, making sure that the flags pop up where you want and are hidden when down.  I choose to add a thin strip of silver glittered cardstock to the top of the gray polka dot paper to create a nice transition but also to hide any foam tape (oops).  LOL!  It also accentuates the glittered stars.  I die cut stars and the word "Celebrate" using dies from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to join the challenge for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice!

Have a great day!

Copics used:  E21, E23
C00, C0, C02, C03, C05
B24, B26, B28
R35, R43, R46

Let's give Dori a big round of applause for her first time being the Art Impressions Featured Artist. 
What an amazing interactive card.

Thank you so much for your beautiful card Dori.

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Hunky Dory said...

Congratulations Lynn and Becca! Both are such cute cards and well-deserved wins! Enjoy your new stamp sets.

Sharon Caudle said...

A great big congrats to Lynn and Becca!! Enjoy your new sets!! Dori- your card is fantastic!! I absolutely love all the red, white, and blue and those pop up flags are absolutely perfect!! I LOVE it!! Great first feature!!

Hunky Dory said...

Thx Sharon!! You know me and my interactive cards. 🤪🤣🤣

Becca Yahrling said...

Thank you sooo much and a huge congrats to Lynn (her card is awesome!). And Dori's card is fabulously fun being interactive and of course, patriotic!

Crafty Pink Pixie said...

Awesome card! -Tasha :)