HI love the 4th of July. Partly because it represents our freedom as a nation and celebrates our military for their service and sacrifices. But also because it entails family days, fun, fireworks, flags and cookouts. (can you come up with another word for 'cookouts' that starts with the letter 'f'? if so, that would have been way better for that last sentence. sigh)
I love watching my Grandma dance and march in her kitchen as she watches the parades on TV. I love hearing the Boston Pops perform their patriotic numbers. I love the thunderous roar of fireworks exploding overhead and the sparkly lights as they cascade back down. And I love this country. It's cliche, but I'm proud and thankful to be an American. (do I also love traveling and being overseas? you betcha! would I live in Europe? in a heartbeat! but a girl has to have roots.)
This year I wanted to send a little patriotic festivity to my family that's scattered across this great nation. Here's what it looked like:
I mostly did this card by hand, but used the Cricut Stand and Salute cartridge for the "4th of July" cutout. For the pinwheels, I designed the cardstock in Photoshop and duplex printed on cardstock in a square. Then I cut into the center at 45 degree angles, leaving about 1/2 inch in the center. Next I folded in every other edge, gluing down in the process. Once that was dry, I tied a sparkly red rope ribbon in a bow onto a blue button and glued that into the center of the pinwheels.
I did some with an emphasis of blue, and some with an emphasis of red.
I wanted to make the pinwheels really pop, so I made them larger than the card itself so they would stand off the edges. I think that gave them more of a pinwheel motion vibe.
Up close and personal. I outlined the "4th of July" sentiment by hand with red marker, for an added pop.
And of course, I added my logo to the back. :)
Happy 4th of July!!