Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I've been working lately on thank you cards for boys in a local scout troop to write messages to our overseas heroes in. Operation Write Home calls these AnyHero cards. (I agreed--in a fit of optimism--to make 25 cards. I'm currently not quite half done, with about 1-1/2 weeks to go. Eek!) This is another in that series.
I based my design on OWH's Sketch #B-4:
I started by die cutting my focal panel from a patterned paper scrap with one of Spellbinders' "Angle Approach" cut-fold-tuck dies. After assembling it, I ran it through my Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine, to apply adhesive to the back side. I adhered it to a piece of dark grey cardstock, and cut around it to leave an 1/8" mat.
I die cut the greeting from white cardstock with one of the "Many Thanks" dies by My Favorite Things. I laid the greeting & focal piece on a piece of teal cardstock that I'd chosen for my background. They seemed like they were floating, though, so I decided to stamp the background with Impression Obsession's "Thin Stripes" stamp. I used Versamark ink, then heat embossed that with Recollections' Clear Detail embossing powder. This gave a subtle, tone-on-tone background. Enough detail to tie the elements together visually without overwhelming anything.
After adhering my focal piece on the background, I glued my greeting below it with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I mounted that panel to a white A2 card base, and another thank you card is done!