Thursday, March 27, 2014

You're my Rainbow

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)


  1. This is such a happy whimsical card! It made me smile and I was also impressed with all of the clever ideas that went into it. The fussy-cutting and assembling of the rainbow that you took the time to do really made it a stunning focal point and the sentiment goes along with it perfectly! I also liked how you flipped the sketch to make it more unique. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely card with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Super cute rainbow! And gorgeous card! That is really such a nice sentiment! Thanks for playing along at A Blog Named Hero!


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