Happy 4th of July – Courage

Happy July 4th, my stamping and crafting friends!!!  Today for the “Technique Lovers Challenge” on the Splitcoaststampers website is a featured “Everything Old Is New Again” technique called Reverse Masking!  Here is a tutorial for the technique.  My Happy 4th of July – Courage card is submitted for the challenge.

SU Courage Stamp Set

Using the Stampin’ Up! (SU) Stars Dies, I cut a mask of the largest star.  I laid the mask over my white card base and sponged SU Real Red Ink in the form of the mask; a star. Loving the old SU Classic Ink, Brilliant Blue, I decided to cover the image from the SU Courage Stamp Set (retired) and stamped it over the sponged red star.  I then covered the sentiment with the same ink and stamped it below the image.

To give the appearance of fireworks, I sprinkled red and blue brushos around the card and then spritzed with water.  This is a clean and simple card to make, and I hope you enjoy it.

Have a wonderful, fun, and safe 4th of July as we celebrate Independence Day!  God bless the USA.

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God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6  

July 4th God Bless America

Today’s Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge, CAS383, “Good Ole Red, White & Blue” is to create a card with any theme, technique, and/or any embellishment, but to use only Red, White and Blue colors!   Red, white, and blue means one thing to me – July 4th and God’s blessings upon America.  Therefore, I created this card, July 4th God Bless America.  I tried to keep this card as simple as I could, which is difficult for me.

July 4th God Bless American

I used the Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) God Bless America flag stamp covered with black ink to stamp a flag image onto white paper. I colored it with copics and cut out the star with ODBD Star Dies. Hopefully you can see the star embossing on the white card base that I created with a Stampin’ Up! Stars embossing folder.

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Stamps:  ODBD God Bless America

Paper: Neenah Solar White, ODBD Old Glory Paper

Ink:   Copics, SU Brilliant Blue (retired), and Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: ODBD Double Stitched Stars, ODBD Sparkling Stars, ODBD Pierced Rectangles, SU Lucky Stars Embossing Folder


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God’s Blessings!

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“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”  Psalm 37:7 

Stampin Up Courage Stamp Set – 4th of July 3-D Card

As I shared in my last post, I love the Stampin Up Courage stamp set that retired recently.  Having family members who were in the military and a Dad who loved the American Flag, I especially like this stamp set.  Personally, I think it was a mistake to retire the Stampin Up Courage stamp set.  Regardless, it’s retired, but I am featuring it on my card share for today.  This is my Stampin Up Courage Stamp Set – 4th of July 3-D Card.

Actually, I CASEd (i.e., copy and share everything) myself in making this card.  I made a similar card in 2010 for a special son-in-law who at the time was on active duty with the Army.  God took him home a year ago last month and I really miss him.

As for the card, it is a three-dimensional card.  It may not appear to be based on the photo, so let you share why it is.

I decided that I wanted each piece on the military-related image to be raised at varying levels.  So I stamped the image onto scrap paper and numbered what part of the image that I wanted at what level.

The picture to the right explains.  I numbered as “1” the item I wanted raised with one layer of Stampin Up Dimensionals (i.e., adhesive foam), “2” for those with two layers of dimensionals, and so on.  I re-stamped the image, applied various ink colors, and cut out the pieces.  I then attached the pieces according to the “map” in the photo.

The following picture shows the process of attaching the pieces for the first level, which is the American Flag in the background.


Moving to the 2nd level, I attached the saluting soldier using two layers of dimensionals.  That is shown in the picture to the right.

Moving to the 3rd level, I attached the praying soldier with three layers of dimensionals.  However, I did make one change.  I wanted the helmet and the American Flag on the soldier’s uniform to be raised a level above the soldier.  Therefore, I added four layers of dimensionals to the helmet and one to the flag. The following picture reflects this and the completed image.

Stampin Up Courage

 The following pictures provide a better view of the dimensional elements.

Stampin Up Courage

Stampin Up Courage

The final product of the Stampin Up Courage card includes Real Red Card Stock as the base, Whisper White Card Stock for the 1st layer, and Night of Navy Card Stock as the 2nd layer.  Included is the sentiment from the Stampin Up Courage stamp set.

Stampin Up Courage

If you enjoyed the card and tutorial, please let me know by leaving a comment.

P.S.  This card was cased by Carman Conners in 2014 She issalome000on Splitcoaststampers.com.  However, she failed to provide me credit and copied my card exactly!  In 2016, I left a note on her blog about this, and she then added a link to my site.  

God’s Blessings!
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Beverly Polen



HAPPY FLAG DAY!!!  Did you know that on June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes adopted the Stars and Strips as the official flag of the United States (U.S.)?  That’s true!  Consequently, a law was enacted that designated today as Flag Day

 Flag Day is a day that the President of the U.S. calls on U.S. Government officials to display the flag of the U.S. on all government buildings, and urges people of the U.S. to observe June 14 as Flag Day to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of our official flag. 

This day is important to my family as it also is my late Dad’s birthday.  He LOVED the American Flag, and displayed it everywhere he could as well as purchased anything that had the flag on it.  This card is in celebration of both special events.


Does my flag look like it’s waving in the wing like the one above?  I meant for it to.  

God bless the United States of America, and may we look upon our flag in a special way today.

 God’s Blessings!


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Flag Day!