So I decided to make some use of the patriotic American stamps in my mini blueprints stamp set from Tim Holtz, and make some cute cupcake toppers and a sparkler holder! There's sparklers & fireworks for sale everywhere here, and I picked up this package for a couple dollars thinking they were ordinary sparklers... only to find these colorful (very pink!) wrapped things inside! So, I switched up my festive berries distress ink for picked raspberry and went ahead with my plan! Here's what I started with:
(not pictured, but also used: matte medium, Distress Markers in the same colors & some glitter!)
First I cut a sheet of cardstock at 4" and set it aside for the jar. One the remaining piece, I stamped each image I was using twice with Black Archival Ink. I used an ink applicator with sponge (don't have any of the cute new mini round ones yet!) to apply Distress Ink over each image. I highlighted each image with a Distress Marker as well to add a bit of extra depth.
Trim the stamped images (use a circle punch for Lady Liberty) and adhere toothpicks to the back of each image using Matte Medium.
Add some sparkle with Stickles Glitter! I used dry glitter with Matte Medium, but a tube of stickles would work great too :)
To finish off this project, go back to that 4x11 piece of paper you set aside and stamp the images with Distress Ink, adding a few other stamps with Black Archival. Ink the edges blue and adhere around the jar. (FYI- I did measure the jar first and 11 inches was almost perfect to go all the way around! I had a tiny 1/4" overlap!)
Here's another photo of my finished project. I'm looking forward to lighting up these sparklers with the family (& giving the fireflies a little competition!) and celebrating my first Fourth of July as a resident of the USA :)