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Contest Winners and 4th of July Inspiration

Distress Crackle Paint Stars and Stripes Tag

With the 4th of July later this week, it’s time for some patriotic inspiration! We’re going to kick things off by sharing how to make this Distress Crackle Paint Stars and Stripes Tag by Linda Cain. Also, be sure to read all the way to the end, where we’ll announce the winners of our June Color Palette Challenge Contest!

Let’s get started! For this tag, you’ll need:


4th of July Fig 1

Step 1: Using a #12 Manila Tag and the Design Ruler, measure in 1 3/8” along each side of the tag and draw a line.

4th of July Fig 2

Step 2: Mask off along the left line with painter’s tape and apply a heavy coat of Fired Brick Crackle Paint.

4th of July Fig 3

Step 3: Mask off the right side of the tag and apply Broken China Crackle Paint. You should have two pieces of tape now on the middle stripe of the tag.

4th of July Fig 4

Step 4: Allow this to setup and start to dry, and then gently remove the tape. Set aside to dry completely.

4th of July Fig 5

Step 5: Next, on a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper stamp the 3 images with Clear embossing ink. Add the Super Fine Detail embossing powder, remove the excess and emboss with the Heat it Tool. Make several puddles of various Distress Stains on the Craft Sheet using Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Mustard Seed and Pumice Stone. You can pick up the color with a small brush and paint in the colors. Apply several layers to intensify the color. Use the Water Brush to float water all around the background and then add the Distress Stains into the water. This creates a softer background color. Trim around the edges and layer onto a slightly larger piece of black chipboard.

4th of July Fig 6

Step 6: Lay 2 strips of tape along the dried crackle-painted areas to mask off the center stripe. Add the Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Let it set up a bit and remove the tape gently. Allow to dry completely. Poke off a few pieces here and there to make it more distressed and worn looking. Add Pumice Stone Distress Stain and Tea Dye into the cracks. Then add Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink around all the edges for a bit more color aging with the Blending Tool and Foam.

4th of July Fig 7

Step 7: Glue the tag to a piece of chipboard cut slightly larger than the tag with Multi-Medium. Stamp a row of Stars across the bottom using the Rockstar Set and Jet Black Archival Ink.

4th of July Fig 8

Step 8: Run a 4×4 piece of Metal Foil Tape through the Vagabond machine with the Cracked Texture Fade. Peel off the backing and add to black chipboard. Trace 3 stars of different sizes onto the back using the Starry Starry Night Stencil. Cut out with Snips.

Step 9: Assemble the tag as shown in the photo at the top. Use Pop it Shapes to add the stars for a little more dimension and Multi-Medium for the stamped images. Punch a hole in the top and tie 2 pieces of hand-dyed ribbon into a bow.


Seasonal Color Palette: June

Now, on to the winners! We had a bunch of super creative submissions! If you haven’t already, head back over to this blog post to check out all of the summer fun projects. The winners are…

You’ll receive an email from us shortly with information on how to claim your prize. Congrats again and a big thank you to everyone that participated!


4 thoughts on “Contest Winners and 4th of July Inspiration

  1. Ooo awesome tag Linda! TFS
    and congrats to all the winners of last month’s challenge! 😀

  2. Thanks so much for selecting me as one of the winners! I’m doing a happy dance! Go ahead and put a bit of Jersey sand with my goodies – I love the Jersey shore! Yippeee

  3. Congrats to the winners! I love the tag! I am going to have to try that technique!