I just received the Hero Arts "You're a Rainbow" stamp set recently. Since the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero is "Paper Piecing," I felt this rainbow image would be perfect for that.
For my design, I used this sketch from Operation Write Home:
I rotated it 90 degrees, but other than that, kept pretty true to the sketch.
To create the paper-pieced rainbow, I first stamped the image in black on white cardstock, both for the cloud portion and to use as my base. I then stamped it once each on scraps of red, yellow, orange, green, & blue patterned paper, keeping them basically in ROY G BIV order. I fussy-cut the bands and glued them onto the cardstock base. I went around the edges of the whole image with a black brush-tip marker to hide the white edge and finish it off.
I applied a bit of shimmer with my clear Zig Wink of Stella brush marker, then sealed that in with Glossy Accents. I had seen Jennifer McGuire do this in one of her videos. It not only gives the element the subtle glittery sparkle, but also a nice shine. It keeps the glitter from the Wink of Stella from rubbing off as well--a requirement for Operation Write Home cards.
For the patterned paper strips behind the main panel, I cut them to size from paper scraps that were in my collection. I rounded the two adjacent corners on the (outer) yellow strips with my 1/4" Corner Chomper, to frame the main panel better. I adhered these to a Kraft panel, cut to a standard A2 card size.
I cut the focal point panel out of a scrap of light blue patterned paper. I thought the subtle white streaks on the blue background imitated cirrus clouds, making it perfect for the imagery in this card. I rounded the corners with my 1/4" Corner Chomper, and stamped the greeting directly onto the panel. Then I glued down the rainbow, and adhered the panel to the card front. I adhered the front to the card base with my ATG adhesive runner, and there it is--another card for a hero overseas to send home to his/her loved one!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
A Blog Named Hero's "Paper Piecing" Challenge #40
Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Transparent" challenge (used clear Wink of Stella & Glossy Accents)