Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mockingbird Thank You

As I mentioned in this post, May is Military Appreciation Month in the U.S. So Operation Write Home is collecting thank you cards & letters to send to our overseas military heroes. A friend's son is in Boy Scouts, and so I asked if the boys in his troop would like to participate by writing notes, if I provided the cards. The leader said yes, so, at least for the next few days, I'm on a thank you card kick!

I used the following sketch from Operation Write Home as the basis for my design:

I did make a few changes. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees, added layers, and added the "thank you" scalloped circle piece.

I started with this stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped it on watercolor paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. As one of the lessons in Online Card Classes' "Watercolor for Cardmakers" is on watercoloring images, I colored the image using Inktense pencils and water. For the background on that piece, I felt it was a little too plain, so I applied a wash of blue watercolor over it, being careful especially to leave the flowers white.

For the background, I first cut a piece of black-and-white checkered paper to about 1/2" smaller on both sides than an A2 card. To tone down the pattern, I blended Pumice Stone Distress ink over it with my Mini Ink Blending Tool. To create the mats for it, I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock and blended Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress inks over each. Finally, I cut a piece of navy cardstock to 5.5x4.25", and adhered all the layers to each other. The narrow rectangle behind the focal panel is patterned paper from my scrap stash.

When I placed the focal panel on the card front, it kind of blended into the light blue piece directly behind it. So I cut another piece of navy cardstock large enough to leave a 1/16" mat all around, and adhered the panel to that. To do the greeting, I stamped the "thank you" onto navy cardstock with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with Ranger Silver embossing powder. I die cut that with a Lifestyle Crafts die, and adhered it to the front of the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Our Daily Bread Designs' "Wing It"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Spring Flowers"
Simon Says Stamp's May "Work It Wednesday" (use patterned paper)


  1. Such a handsome card Andrea! You'll bring a blessing to some military serviceman with this beauty personalized by a Boy Scout! Very special card indeed! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at ODBD!

  2. Oh, Andrea, this is a fabulous card, and it is definitely going to be LOVED by a special military serviceman! How precious to have the Boy Scouts join in on a project to honor our military! So glad to see you again this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge, sweet friend! Hugs!

  3. Gorgeous, beautiful card.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.




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