Sunday, September 15, 2013

Operation Write Home Challenge - Sketch #190

I have two completely different styles of cards for you today.  Here's today's sketch for Operation Write home:

I didn't follow the sketch very closely since my stamped image needed more of a rectangular focal point.  But here's what I came up with:

This will be an "Any Hero" card.  The card looks simple and it is.  But you'd think a tornado had passed through my house.  I must have dragged out every tool I own for this.  One of the most difficult parts was the mitering of the corners on the washi tape around the sentiment.  Then the part that really caused me problems was getting everything stuck down.  I had originally used a polka dot embossing folder for the background.  Nothing would stick.  Glue was seeping out everywhere!  So the polka dot went into the trash and I turned to my beloved ATG gun for some bonding time.

I used my Cricut Artbooking cartridge, chevron embossing folder, Tim Holtz embossing folder (cracked glass maybe?), star washi tape, Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments (CL582 - OWH Fundraiser), silver brads, Spellbinders rectangle dies, Cats Eye Lipstick Red chalk ink and Stampin' Up Night of Navy ink spot.  The card base is from Papertrey Ink.

I also made a sympathy card this weekend for a dear friend who lost her brother.  He'd been ill for quite a while.  Still, I don't think you're ever prepared for the death of a loved one.  My thoughts and prayers are with her.

This card was made almost entirely of Anna Griffin product.  The exception is the gunmetal grey textured metallic paper in the middle layer (DCWV).  I embossed this paper with Anna's Circle Grid folder.  It came out great!  I almost hated to cover it with the top layer. (I have Melody Lane to thank for this idea.)  I also used Stampin' Up pearls and corner punch.  I think my friend liked it.  What do you think?


  1. Both cards are so pretty, and I especially love how you punched the stars into the embossed panel and then inset smaller stars in the negative spaces! NJ!

  2. Both cards are very pretty.

    Regards diane

  3. Two wonderful cards...I esp love the visual pop on the first!

  4. I can totally relate to things not sticking when using an embossed surface, hooray for ATG working for you. And the wash tape border, I can not even imagine trying to get those corners right with the tape being sticky, I would have given up yet it makes a great border.

    So sorry to hear about your friend's loss, and you are right, one can never fully prepare for the emotions of losing someone.

    The sympathy card is lovely.

  5. Awesome card, and I love your take on the sketch. You've got a lot of detail and texture here. You're embossing and use of negative space on the red panel is genius! Love everything about this card.