I decided to go with a patriotic theme since CFH is taking cards for Independence Day.
Supplies used: Cardstock (Prism); Patterned Paper (Scenic Route); Chipboard letters (Maya Road); Clear Star Shape (Maya Road); Silver Pen (Martha Stewart Crafts); Ribbon (Offray)
This is a super easy card to make and can be easily adapted to any theme.
- Cut your cardstock to 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall. Fold the card in half to make the card 5.5x4.25 (which will fit in a A2 size envelope).
- Cut a piece of patterned paper to 5.5 inches wide by 2.75 inches tall. Adhere to the bottom of the card. Trim off any excess paper.
- Using the silver pen, draw faux stitching around the entire card. Also draw faux stitching around the clear star.
- String some yellow ribbon through the hole in the top of the clear star and wrap around the card where the patterned paper meets up with the cardstock.
- Tie the ribbon into a bow and slide around to the left of the card. Trim off excess ribbon. To prevent the ribbon from shifting, put a little glue behind one spot of the ribbon. It isn't necessary to put glue behind the entire ribbon; just a little dab will do.
- Color the chipboard letters with the silver pen. If you are using the Martha Stewart pen, it will dry quickly. You could also use silver paint.
- Adhere the chipboard letters to the clear star. Depending on the size of your letters, they might hang over the edge of the star. That's perfectly fine. When placing your letters, center the S first, then add the U and the A.
- Be sure to add some cream colored cardstock or patterned paper to the inside of the card for the soldier to write on. A lot of times soldiers have only pencils or black pens with them, so the navy isn't suitable for writing. Adding some light paper to the inside will really help them out!
- If you are sending this card to CFH, click here to find out how.
This is my first time making a card for CFH and I absolutely loved it! I posted earlier about CFH, but in case you missed it, here's what CFH is all about. Cards for Heroes began in 2007. Cardmakers from around the world make handmade cards and send them to CFH so that the cards can be distributed to soldiers overseas. Obviously, a soldier stationed in Iraq can't head to the local drugstore to buy a card for his or her family member, so this is a great way to help our troops out. In addition to sending blank cards for soldiers to use, cardmakers can send AnyHero cards, which are cards of encouragement for the soldiers themselves.
Some of you may not know that my father served in the army when I was a child. We lived on army bases until 1989 when we finally settled down in Petal, Mississippi. In fact, my father was stationed in Augsburg, Germany where me and my younger sister were born. While we were fortunate to be with him then, there were other times that we could not go with my dad. I remember being four years old when my dad was stationed in Korea. We stayed back in Massachusetts at the time. Therefore, CFH's efforts mean a lot to me. Though no one is my family is currently serving in the military, I understand the sacrifice the troops are making.
CFH has sent 140,875 cards, so let's make it more! To encourage you to make your own card for CFH, I have a little happy for you to win.
Here's what you can win:
- (1) 5.5x4.5 navy card with cream envelope
- (1) 5.5x2.75 patterned paper strip
- (1) Maya Road clear star
- (1) Martha Stewart silver metallic pen
- (1) 18 feet Lemon Satin ribbon spool
- Maya Road chipboard letters: u, s, a
To be entered in this drawing, please leave a comment sharing your Memorial Day plans. Comments will be closed MIDNIGHT on Monday night (May 25). I will pick one winner at random, so be sure to leave your name and email address. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning.
EDITED: Comments have been closed. I will draw a name in the morning and post the winner then. Also, I will notify CFH of the winner, so check CFH's website for a complete list of winners. Thanks for playing and thank you for all the kind comments.
To continue in the blog hop, please head over to Bridget's blog and see what she's been crafting.
Bridget is a Stampin' Up demonstrator from Australia (HOLY MOLY - that's awesome!) and her cards are gorgeous! Bridget made two cards - one for a male, one for a female. How cool is that?