Summer is in full swing here, but I did take time out to participate in the card drive Therm O Web is sponsoring to collect cards for Operation Write Home, a group that collects blank handmade cards for troops serving overseas that they can then send to loved ones back home.
Here are three of the patriotic themed cards I created, using mainly supplies from Karen Foster Design.
I'll give you a closer look at each one and show you a few of the techniques I used to create them. Here is the first one -
I painted a background for the focal point directly on the scrapbook paper using white acrylic craft paint and a dry brush. I like to use scraps of cardstock as a paint palette.
I used 3D Foam Squares on the back of the die cut paper to add dimension.
You can see this better with a side view.
Here is the second card -
This time I added the foam adhesive directly to the back of the cardstock sticker. I like to use the smaller black squares when I'm adhering something smaller, such as a sticker.
Here is an old trick for turning a sticker into a die cut... I learned this one years ago at CHA from the Queen of Stickers herself, Mrs. Grossman. Before you remove the backing on the foam squares, brush the back of the sticker with baby powder. This will neutralize the adhesive on the sticker and prevent the edges from sticking to your project.
Here is another tip - the ends of the baker's twine are tucked behind the paper before the paper is adhered to the front of the card. This keeps the inside of your card looking neat and clean.
A bit more dry brushing before I attached the word sticker.
And the last card, which I kept pretty simple -
but I couldn't resist using a couple of foam squares to add a bit of pop.
In addition to these three, I found quite a few other cards that fit the criteria of what they wanted. I'll post photos of these soon. If I don't make it back here beforehand, I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July or Canada Day if you are celebrating!