Giving thanks on World Card Making Day
Welcome, welcome and thanks for stopping by my little piece of crafty sassy on your way through the Operation Write Home (OWH) World Card Making Day Blog Hop. We have a lot of participating blogs, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours looking at the blogs and getting ideas for YOUR cards. Click on the graphic above to see the full list of all the blogs participating and if you have time, please scroll down below my card for a little information on OWH, but for now let’s talk about my card. The theme of this year’s blog hop is ‘thanks’ and we were asked to choose a sketch from the OWH archives in making our cards. I’ve used the sketch below, OWH Sketch #138, as a starting point for my cards today.
My card (okay, I made three) captures the essence of the sketch – landscape orientation, vertical panel on the left, sentiment in the lower right. However, my vertical panel isn’t a separate piece of cardstock or patterned paper – it is part of the white piece of cardstock and it was masked off and sponged with various colors of ink. You could do a big batch of the white panels and leave off the sentiment until needed – there are sooooo many fabulous silhouette stamps available and sooooo many different fabulous color combos. I was inspired by Heather Telford’s signature reverse masking technique. Her cards are gorgeous (usually one layer) with lots of layered sponging and stamping in her masked blocks. This was my first time doing the masked and sponged rectangle, so I only used ink colors – next time I’ll try some tone-on-tone image stamping before I stamp the silhouette stamp. Click on the image for a larger view.
OWH is a wonderful organization that oversees the collection and distribution of blank handmade cards to our service men and women serving overseas. A box of cards is received on base or ship, and our military personnel can then chose a card, write a message, and send that card to a loved one to keep in touch. The impact of that handmade card can be seen in the comments written on the OWH Hero Blog where our heroes’ thanks for the cards and their loved ones’ thanks can be read. As cardmakers, we do our best work so that our military personnel and their loved ones know that we honor their service and sacrifice. Sometimes our card might be the last communication to a loved one…a heartbreaking thought but one that impresses the need for quality when making cards. If you want to become involved in this project, click here to get started.
Thank you for visiting, and do come again.
Stamps: SU Just Believe; TAC Sentiments
Paper: SU Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay, Concord Crush, Basic Black; RRD Premium Heavyweight White
Ink: Memories Black; SU Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise (on the Bermuda Bay layer); SU Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red (on the Cherry Cobbler layer); SU Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac (on the Concord Crush layer)
Accessories: Anti-static bag, detail black embossing powder, heat tool, sponges