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Happy Birthday America: Swirly Bird Goes Sailing

It's July 4th here in America -- a day for celebrating the hard-fought freedoms we enjoy. So many people will be outside today -- I am sure that many will be boating which reminds me of a recent card I made. One of my favorite sets in the new Stampin' Up catalog is the Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. The stamps are so versatile and can make things like the sailboat below, kites, birds, flowers -- the creative ideas with this set are pretty amazing.

Sailboat-swirly-bird

This card from my June stamp clubs used an embedding technique. The swirls that mimic water were first cut from the white layer; then cut from the Dapper Denim layer and then those were pieced together with a panel of Pacific Point card stock underneath before being layered onto the Emerald Envy card. The trick is to stamp that little green boat right off the edge of the top white piece so it will then look like it's sailing on top of the water. 

I love the new In Color Dapper Denim -- it's such a pretty new blue and it coordinates so well with the existing Pacific Point blue (which I think needed a better coordinating blue to go with it). Here's a quick look at what I wound up doing with the white swirls leftover from the outside of the card: I adhered them inside with a greeting that was stamped and punched out with the new Duet Banner punch (a great bundle paired with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set).

Swirly-sailboat-inside

I like using our Tombow Multipurpose Glue to adhere the swirls -- tiny dots of glue do the trick. Best of all, if any of the glue oozes out, it can be removed with our Adhesive Remover tool unlike other liquid glues that dry shiny and can't be removed.

I am sharing products used on the card below -- including the stamps bundled up with the Thinlits and Punch as they are 10% off when purchased together using the Bundle item number instead of individually.

Enjoy this special holiday and happy stamping.

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