patriotic inspiration…

finalhello everyone!  i know it’s been a while since i’ve blogged, but certainly not from lack of trying.  i’ve just been crazy busy keeping up with new product deadlines and my ongoing travel schedule – i’m finally starting to catch up.  i’m sure many of you will agree, time is just flying by this year.  i can’t believe june is almost over which means the 4th of july holiday celebrations are just around the corner.  i love independence day and the unity it brings to this country.  today i want to share some of my favorite project ideas to create for yourself, family, and friends and share in the patriotic festivities…

DSC09334the supplies are pretty basic, just gather a few distress products in your favorite shades of red, white, and blue.

DSC09335next you’ll need some idea-ology woodland trees.  if you don’t have any left over from christmas, don’t worry they are sold year round.

DSC09336create a band out of cardstock or painters tape about 2″ in diameter and about 1 1/2″ wide.  slide it over the woodland tree so it’s about center.

DSC09337place the woodland on a few paper towels and apply blue distress spray stain to the upper portion of the tree.  you’ll need to turn the tree as you’re spraying to make sure you color all the way around the tree.

DSC09338next spray the bottom portion with red distress spray stain rotating the tree around once again.

DSC09339roll the paper towels around the tree to blot off any excess ink.

DSC09340now just slide off the tape ring and let the inks dry – simple as that!  i love this idea and show it on my blog every year.

DSC09341open up a package of idea-ology letterpress and select the letters of a word or two.  i chose “glory” and “usa” since i can make both words from only one set – there are lots of possibilities here.

DSC09342shake up your distress paints and dab some of each color on to the craft sheet.  you won’t need much paint for the part so only dab a little.

DSC09343to paint the letterpress, lightly tap the letter into the wet paint.  continue adding layers of paint until you have the coverage you’re wanting.

DSC09344set the letters aside to dry or quickly dry the paint with a heat tool.

DSC09345to give the letters a distressed look, slightly rub them over sandpaper using a sanding grip until the desired effect is achieved.

DSC09346just look at that distress perfection – love it.

DSC09348using a tiny drill bit, drill a small hole into the top of the center letter block of each word.  this is going to need to fit a memo pin so a small hole is really all you need.

DSC09349adhere the letterpress together using multi-medium and insert a memo pin into the drilled hole securing it with a little multi-medium also.

DSC09350stand up the blocks and adhere an arrow adornment across each word using multi-mediumand let everything dry.

DSC09351time to choose a photo from the found relative occasions pack – this photo is perfect for this occasion don’t you think?

DSC09352i decided i wanted to cut this photo so i did and then used a corner rounder to finish the cut corners.

DSC09353tinting these found relatives are easy using the brush tip of a couple distress markers.

DSC09354next i selected a couple of word phrases from the small talk sticker book.  i really like how each phrase comes in either white or black background.

DSC09355i chose the black background and just trimmed the phrase in a couple of areas, sanded the edges to create contrast, and stuck them right over the photos.

DSC09356once the letterpress are dry, just slide the photo into the split ring of the memo pin.  next pierce a hole in the center of the memo pin using a craft pick.

DSC09357attach a typed token using a mini star fastener right through the pierced hole – it’s all in the details.

finallook at that…a wonderful patriotic display.

now it’s time to check out a couple more ideas from my friends paula cheney and richele christensen as they show you how to create mini americana jar votives and a be brave collage burlap – have fun creating for the 4th of july holiday…t!m


*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Woodlands, Tree Lot (SSS|IE)
Letterpress (IE|SSS)
Found Relatives, Occasions (IE|SSS)
Small Talk Stickers (SSS|IE)
Arrows Adornments (SSS|IE)
Typed Tokens (IE|SSS)
Star Fasteners (SSS|IE)
Memo Pins (IE|SSS)
Sanding Grip (SSS|IE)
Festive Berries Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Faded Jeans Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Fired Brick Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Picket Fence Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Faded Jeans Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Festive Berries Distress Marker (SSS|IE)
click here (IE|SSS)
Multi Medium Matte (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)

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94 Comments to “patriotic inspiration…”

  1. Same here: summer is just busy!!! I’ve been sooo backed up in blogging, but at least Ive gotten the CRAFT itself DONE!!! These are ADORABLE, so Im glad U fit in a spare minute(which we all know turns into MUCH more than ONE minute) to post it!!

  2. Danette Munn says:

    Love this so much!!!

  3. Barb C says:

    Love your July project, Tim!

  4. I love this! I purchased a bag of the woodlands tree lot and a set of the letter press, and love to decorate with them for the holidays. However, I haven’t gotten around to painting any of them. I need to do them sometime. Have a marvelous 4th of July weekend!

  5. Rhoni T says:

    LOVE, the letter blocking has soooo many potentials!!

  6. Paulette S. says:

    These patriotic photo holders are wonderful, Tim! I did not have time to craft for the holdiay this year. ;( But I will file this one away for another day. Thanks!

  7. Marykay says:

    How cute. Great idea. I was only able presently to buy one pack of the letterpress letters and have been sorta stingy with myself not wanting to use them but admire them all together. I may have to crack open the case and just have had it with this project.
    Hubby and I just bought a house and everything is packed up (holiday deco’s) so this will be perfect on my new mantle for 4th of July. Thanks for sharing. Now off to get inky.

  8. Sheryl says:

    I am in love with this this entire idea…especially the memo pin idea, how genius! I am always looking for more ideas for the Letterpress blocks, now I have one more…thank you tim!

  9. Carol P says:

    This is a great patriotic craft project! Thanks for sharing with your busy schedule, I don’t know how you do it BUT it is much appreciated.

  10. Shari T. says:

    Red, White & Wonderful!! Happy 4th of July!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Just in time for the 4th…thank you for thinking of us…as always ….
    your ideas are AWESOME!

  12. Mary says:

    I love this project but what I like even better is that I can use some family photos taken during WWII to really personalize my display.

  13. Patty Gracey says:

    I love this idea! I have some WWII photos of my father in uniform & including one in this vignette would be perfect. The letterpress letters are really great!

  14. Tina Pearson says:

    Just in time for the Fourth of July!!! I am going to use a picture of my father when he was in the Air Force. Thanks for giving me the creative spark!!!

  15. Carmen Lucero says:

    Nice idea of using the trees for July!

  16. ruby t says:

    Yes, you have been off the radar a bit….but you are making more cool items and new products. The trees are so wonderful.
    Happy 4th to all!

  17. This is fantastic. Such a great combination of elements! I’m happy you had time to get painty and create – I always love your projects!

  18. Lagene says:

    Fantastic project, love the patriotic display!

  19. Sue McG says:

    Just beautiful – what a lovely patriotic project, I can see it being easily adapted to a non-holiday theme too – thanks!

  20. Jessica says:

    Fabulous projects! All three are great. Thanks for taking time out of your busy days to do this project, then sharing it with us. Which makes it even more special. Hugs, Jessica

  21. Ann Black says:

    Love the stars, colored trees and small talk stickers. The words on the medallions and the stars that attach. So cool…

  22. Dee in NH says:

    What a beautiful display! Love it!

  23. Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and a wonderful time to show our patriotism! Great use of those letterpress letters, and now you’ve got me off to Hobby Lobby to pick some up! Happy 4th!

  24. Erin says:

    Love the tree & letters – they look amazing.


  25. Gigi B. says:

    Great to hear from you again and a very inspiring tutorial too.

  26. Theresa G. says:

    Way cool. Nice and easy too!!!

  27. sue says:

    Simply patriotic display. 🙂

  28. Great tutorials from Richele and Paula! Thank you for yours too Tim…love them all! Lots of inspiration for decorating for the forth of July!!!

  29. Sharon Young says:

    Thanks for the patriotic inspiration. Simple ingredients make a heartfelt display.

  30. Cathy Osborne says:

    Pretty, pretty. Love the letterpress leters.

  31. Deb says:

    I wish Tim would make an all alphabet set to go with these letters, and all his letter sets. I know we are all stuck with a bunch of consonants!

  32. cheryl c says:

    Love those type blocks every time!

  33. Margaret. Swain says:

    Great ideas Tim. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Lynda says:

    I never thought to color a black & white photo with distress markers. Can’t wait to try it!

  35. Violet says:

    Happy July 4th! Here in Canada we celebrate July 1st! The Detroit and Windsor cities celebrate together with one of the largest fireworks display ever.

  36. Brandy says:

    It’s about time you post something 🙂 Great holiday inspiration! I love the little photo holders you made from the blocks!

  37. Linda Newcomb says:

    Love the way you painted the red, white and blue trees. The whole display is fantastic.

  38. Noreen says:

    I love this idea – especially using vintage photos with vintage looking decor!

  39. Dawnll says:

    One of my favorite displays you have ever done! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Kelly Hale says:

    Love it, gives me great ideas!

  41. Carol watson says:

    Such a lovely patriotic display to honor our wonderful country!

  42. Toni says:

    Wow, that looks so effective and perfect for those celebrating July 4th.
    Toni xx

  43. Charlene Dahlberg says:

    Tim, This is just AWESOME — and perfect for this time of the year- or any time, really, Thanks for finding the time to post it. Now I want to try it!!

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