I started by priming a burlap panel with a bit of gesso. Then I used Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Texture Paste on a Heidi Swapp star stencil that I found at Michaels. After it dried, I seriously grunged all those wonderful cracks and crevices with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Soot Distress Marker (specifically around the star's outline). I wiped off most of surface stain and ink with a damp cloth.
The star stencil came with its own mask, so I masked the star and used Barn Door and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint and Tim Holtz's Stripes stencil to create some very rough stripes around the star. I grunged around the star with Walnut Stain Distress Stain, Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
I accessorized my star and stripes with some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and Industrious Stickers (also grunged and splattered with some watered down white acrylic paint.) Don't you just love Tim's box corners? I added some Ginger, Latte, and black alcohol ink to age them a bit.
The panel was topped with some jute strings that I pulled from the back of the panel, a TH muse token, and another star.
I stamped some stars on the edges of the panel and tapped in some star tacks that I had grunged with more alcohol ink.
Since this is my favorite summer holiday, I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer challenge. I remember celebrating with my family at my grandmother's house. We had a huge picnic and swam in her pool. Then at night, we had a poolside view of a nearby park's 4th fireworks display. Great food, sunburns, the smell of chlorine and bright pops of color in the night sky ... some of my favorite summer memories.
Hope you are making some favorite memories today. Happy 4th to you all!! Mary Elizabeth