Anyone that knows me, knows that I love all things Red, White and Blue. It's my favorite color combination to use on cards and yesterday morning while cleaning off the area where my Big Shot is, I glanced up at the shelf where some of my 6 x 6 paper pads are and seen these beauties. They are the most gorgeous Patriotic paper pads I have ever seen.
During a blog hop a couple of years ago I won one of these pads and I loved it so much that I ordered a bunch off of Walmart.com. Last year while in Charlotte, NC for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race, I spotted some in A.C. Moore and bought every one they had. The paper pad is from Authentique and called Pride.
Last night I set out to make some "THANK YOU" cards and ended up making all the cards in the picture above. I made the two cards with the red embossed layers first and then made the one like all the others shown, it was my favorite so I set out to make 20 more.
*MEASUREMENTS AND SUPPLIES AT BOTTOM OF POST
This picture below shows all the scraps I had leftover from a big lot of cards I made a while back. The first thing I did was sort through the scraps. There were a bunch that were at least 2 1/8" wide, so I trimmed them to 2 1/8" x 4 1/2". I then found a bunch that were 1 1/2" wide. I pulled them aside to use as the banners. I did have to cut into a couple of sheets in one of the pads to make more banners. All I have left of the scraps are the thinner strips and I just printed off a new MFT sketch that has a bunch of thin banners on it, so I'm going to see what I can do to use them for that sketch.
In this picture I have everything cut, scored, embossed, stamped and punched to make 20 cards. *note. some of the banners weren't trimmed down yet because I wasn't sure which side of the banners I was going to use and in the end, it didn't matter which side, so I could have already had them trimmed to 3 3/4" long.
Tip: When I do a lot of stamping on lighter card stock, I always lay the pieces on a dark colored piece so that it's easier to line up the stamp and stamp onto it. I also try to do them in batches by laying out an even amount to the darker piece and stamp each one, move them aside and lay down the next group. I find it moves much faster than doing them one at a time.
I also do adhesive in batches as well. Sometimes I do more than this many at a time, but these were pretty easy with just two strips of adhesive on each one.
I should've taken my own advise to do the assembly in batches.. however I did find that if I took each piece needed for the card top, assemble them and then set it aside. That got old for me so after 13, I decided to put adhesive on every piece that was needed for the last 7 cards. There is more pieces to the left of me sitting on my trimmer. I do each card top and then the final thing is to put them all on the card bases.
Here are a look at each of the card samples. This one was my favorite.
*MEASUREMENTS (these are for the lot of 21 cards ~ others to follow in another blog post)
card base: 8 1/2" x 11" scored at 4 1/4"
solid layer: 4 1/8" x 5 5/8"
embossed layer: 4" x 5 1/4"
solid layer: 2 1/4" x 4 5/8"
pattern layer: 2 1/8" x 4 1/2"
solid layer: 1 3/8" x 3 5/8"
stamped layer: 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"
banner: *after punching/cutter banner ends
solid layer: 1 5/8" x 3 7/8"
pattern layer: 1 1/2" x 3 3/4"
*ADDED> >>> this is the OWH sketch is what I used, I had to just tweak some measurements to fit the scraps I was working with.
card stock: red, navy blue and ivory
pattern paper: Authentique Pride
stamps: Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases *Thanks So Much from Stamps of Life Phrases2Say
ink: Hero Arts black
accessories: Scor-Pal, SU Star Punch, SU Photo Corner Punch (banner ends), Darice Star Embossing Folder and Foam Tape
thanks for looking ~
have a great airborne day!
God Bless All Our Military.. each and every one of them