6/18/14 Update: Due to a defect, the Operation Write Home Frame Cuts (DI101 and DI102) will be remade. Estimated arrival time is 2 weeks. Please click HERE for more information.
Hi stampers! It’s Sandy Allnock, here to celebrate a few things. For one, it’s Flag Day weekend! Don’t forget to proudly display your flag. And in honor of this patriotic holiday, Hero Arts is bringing out new fundraiser products for Operation Write Home!
You may remember seeing me here before, sharing about Hero Arts’ awesome partnership with Operation Write Home (OWH) — a charity that has sent over 2.7 million handmade cards to service members so they can write home to their families. There are no card stores over there in the desert! So our heroes are extremely grateful for the cards they receive on a regular basis. Check out all the fundraiser sets that Hero Arts makes that benefit OWH - and visit the OWH site to learn how you can contribute.
Two DIE SETS have been added to the OWH collection! Woohoooooooo!!!! I couldn’t be more excited! And if you’re not a fussycutter, you probably are too. The dies match the Lil Hoot set and Missing You set…and since I know how many cards are sent to OWH using them, I know lots of you have those stamps already!
Today I want to share a couple cards using the Missing You set; I thought the bird would be really cute peeking out from behind a die cut circle on a nice simple card. I colored them with my Copics, along with the clouds behind each one.
Since missing you cards are really popular with deployed folks, I made a bunch of these in a variety of colors. I matched colors of May Arts ribbons that I had so each one would feel a little different. I even colored the clouds to go with each color scheme! The clouds were created using quick strokes of very light colors of Copic Marker - there’s a tutorial on a more elaborate card HERE, but the cloud technique in both is the same.
This design would be awesome as kits for an OWH cardmaking party…OWHers love to get together all over the country to make batches of cards! I like to create cards that’ll teach a technique of some sort; teaching non-colorers to color birds might be a challenge in a party situation, so instead they’d learn to assemble the card and do the ribbon technique. (After the popped panel is adhered, wrap ribbon behind it and secure with ScorTape. Add Hero Arts Metallic Décor on top to finish it off!) The coloring of the clouds is also done ahead on the card bases. That way even a new crafter gets to make a cute card that looks like they’re a rockstar — and maybe they’ll join in and learn more about cardmaking!
I hope on this patriotic weekend you might consider making a card or two for our heroes. You can even get your family or community involved with writing letters — we send both blank cards they can write home on as well as AnyHero letters from people all across the nation.
Go out and have a great weekend!