home of the brave…

hope your summer is off to a great start.  today i want to share a colorful red, white & blue home decor project that’s easy to make this weekend to celebrate independence day. this patriotic project can be displayed using an adjustable easel (as shown), on a shelf, mantel, or hanging up on the wall – here’s to a safe and happy 4th of july holiday…t!m


  • stamps: americana blueprints CMS145
  • dies: stacked stars bigz, vagabond 2
  • surfaces: burlap panel 6×8, chipboard, kraft-stock, paper stash/memoranda
  • adhesives: distress collage medium/matte
  • inks: distress oxide/vintage photo/walnut stain, distress crayons/walnut stain, distress markers/asst.
  • embellishments: adornment stars, ephemera snippets, number tokens, quote chips, loop pin
  • structure: adjustable easel
  • tools: craft sheet, heat tool, waterbrush/detailer, mini ink blending tool, scissors, sanding grip

1. adhere ephemera snippets to a 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” piece of chipboard with distress collage medium adding a layer over the top to seal. 
2. die cut stars using the stacked stars bigz die and vagabond 2.
3. color stars with distress crayons and blend with your finger.
4. adhere stars together with distress collage medium. 

5. cut memoranda paper stash to 5” x 7”, stamp flag with archival ink, and watercolor flag with distress markers using waterbrush.
6. cut paper stash to 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”, tear off lower edge, stamp liberty with archival ink, and watercolor with distress markers using waterbrush. 
7. cut kraft-stock 5 1/8” x 7 1/8” and 3 5/8” x 4 5/8”, sand edges with a sanding grip, ink with distress ink, adhere layers together and sew around edges.
8. adhere game pieces or foam tape to the back of the stars and statue of liberty using distress collage medium.

9. cut apart quote chips to create “home of the brave”.
10. ink the edges with distress oxide using ink blending tool. 
11. ink edges of burlap panel with distress oxide using ink blending tool.
12. adhere layers using distress collage medium, tie ribbon around burlap panel and embellish.

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41 Comments to “home of the brave…”

  1. Aneta says:

    It’s fantastic! I love each element here!

  2. Aneta says:

    Its amazing! I love each detail here.

  3. Aneta says:

    What a fabulous card! I love it!

  4. Amanda Pink says:

    Fantastic 4th of July project ! Tim . Love seeing all the patriotic creativity at this time of year. Hope you and Mario had a great time .
    Thanks for sharing and always inspiring

  5. diana says:

    thank you so much for the inspiration! Happy 4th of July celebrations to you & Mario!!!! (sorry I am late!!)

  6. Hetty says:

    Beautiful! Happy 4th, Tim and mario.
    Wishing you wonderful celebrations.

  7. Lagene says:

    Awesome Collage, Thanks for the details, Happy Independence Day!

  8. Maureen Chandler says:

    I love patriotic projects – this is wonderful! Happy 4th to everyone!!!

  9. Sheri K says:

    Love this–very cool!

  10. Bonnie E says:

    Beautiful, and happy 4th of July to you.

  11. Gitte says:

    Awesome project.

  12. Nana711 says:

    Lovely patriotic card.

  13. Wonderful project!!! Happy 4th to you!!!

  14. Jo says:

    Tim this is a beautiful home decor piece! Looks stunning! I would proudly display that in my home! I don’t have all the things to make this particular piece but I do love how you show these tutorials. I save them and once I collect all the things i need, I can go back and follow along. SO thank you! I hope you and your loved ones have a very safe and happy July 4th weekend!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  15. Excellent use of all of those products! It’s amazing how you tied them all together. Love it!

  16. Susan says:

    such a nice piece of art; Happy July 4th & Happy Canada Day!!

  17. Hey Tim – I love this!

    Happy 4th July to you, Mario and all your friends and family!

    I will have fun adapting this for a British red, white and blue project, but I may have to slip in a bit of Welsh green to replace, or add to, the blue I’ll replace the Statue of Liberty with a Welsh dragon and castle! However, the stack of stars will have to stay!

    We, here in the UK have had to be really brave over the last few months, so once made my project will be hung / placed in a prime location for all to see.

  18. Marilyn says:

    A great 4th project. You are so darn creative!!!
    So enjoy your idea-olgy!

  19. Awesome!! so love the distressed look of it! Happy 4th!!

  20. sharon l-s says:

    Nailed it! Happy 4th to you, Mario and the crew

  21. Gigi B. says:

    Very nice and you two have a great 4th.

  22. Deb L says:

    Great piece Tim! Happy holiday to you and Mario!

  23. Ann says:

    Oh, I forgot to wish you & Mario a super 4th!!!
    Ann in AZ

  24. Ann says:

    Thanks, Tim. This is amazing!
    Ann in AZ

  25. Becky C says:

    Nice project! Happy 4th!!

  26. Linda Grady says:

    WOW, this is awesome! Love the patriotic look to keep up all year.

  27. Deb C. says:

    Ooooh, how cool is this! Happy 4th to the both of you!

  28. Anne R says:

    Wonderful project, happy 4th July to you and Mario! x

  29. Marchelle says:

    Great project. Happy 4th of July to both of you and your entire family.

  30. Claire says:

    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great 4th.

  31. bernath says:

    SUBLIME +++

  32. kath stewart says:

    great project and Happy 4th July to you and Mario xxx

  33. Barb O. says:

    Love the stacked stars and use of the blueprint stamps. Happy 4th!

  34. Sharon Young says:

    What a great decor piece!

    Happy 4th of July!

  35. Sheila Bacon says:

    The earthiness combined with the materials used in making this project = a most appropriate tribute to honor the 4th of July! I can see that on display year round in someone’s home.

  36. Diana says:

    Thanks for the great 4th project!!

  37. Rosann says:

    This is Great Tim , like how you layered it ! The stacked stars are way cool ! Happy 4th OF jULY !

  38. Carol watson says:

    Beautiful card for this Holliday, love the use of Lady Liberty!

  39. Sue W. says:

    Great project! Happy Independence Day to you and Mario.

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