I woke up feeling incredibly grateful for our freedoms. I’ve been making some red, white and blue cards with our Sweet Strawberry bundle, but this feeling was different. I really wanted to make a very specific card expressing my gratitude for those who fight and have fought for us. We are blessed!
About this card… I’m not gonna lie. This card takes some patience and precision. Here then are the steps and ingredients:
- Punch four hearts carefully. (1) Cherry Cobbler scalloped heart. (1) Basic White heart. (1) Well Suited Night of Navy heart. And (1) Tidings of Christmas Cherry Cobbler striped heart. Punch carefully – don’t rush the punching of the Cherry Cobbler card stock. And take time to line up the DSP precisely. Use the punch to help guide your placement by turning it upside down and following the natural lines of the shape. (See stripes below).
- Cut the DSP (Designer Series Paper) precisely. (1) Cherry Cobbler striped piece at 3 1/4″ x 2″, and (1) Night of Navy stars piece at 3 1/4″ x 2″. NOTE: The reason the width is 3 1/4 instead of the width of the note card (3 1/2″) is because we will be using a Border die and that is the length of the straight edge.
- Die-cut the DSP, and align the die on the DSP. I used the grid paper to line up the DSP piece, and then to line up the Border die. I wanted the cut at about the 1″ mark, and I wanted it straight to the eye. I only wanted the straight part of the die so that measurement determined the width of the DSP layers and card. I used purple tape to adhere the die before rolling it through the machine so that the die would not move, but washi tape or masking tape would work also. Do the exact same for the Cherry DSP. Note which way your scallops will be placed by referring to the final image. You will see in a further step below that as careful as I was with the Cherry piece, I was off by about 1/8″. (And that 1/8″ of an inch mattered!!) I will show you how I dealt with that later. But for now, do your best to be as straight as you can.
- Place the DSP and the heart shape onto the Note Card base without adhering anything. Use your Stamp-a-Ratus to line up the sentiment and stamp it. The reason I don’t adhere the DSP first is if I make a mistake stamping, I haven’t lost my cutting work.
- Die-cut the layers for the heart, following the same instructions as above. You will want these layers to be about 3/4″. Make sure to use the grid paper to cut them in a straight line. The “eyeball” method is a little risky with this card!
- Glue the layers to the heart.
- Line up the sentiment in the Stamp-a-Ratus, and stamp.
- Use glue to adhere the DSP layers and heart layer to the card. My Cherry Cobbler DSP was off by about an 1/8″, so I adhered it so that it looked straight and then I trimmed away all the excess edges.
- Trim all the edges of the note card. Mine ended up being about 4 3/4″ x 3 1/8″. It will still fit perfectly into a note card envelope!
- Glue the heart layers to the front of the card.
- Add Rhinestones. With each gem that I placed, I personally prayed a thought of gratitude for those fallen. “Thank you for your service.”
- Add a double bow made from white twine. And you are done.
This card took a lot of time and persistence and patience. I prayed with gratitude as I went along. This difficulty was nothing compared to the sacrifice our heroes have given.
I am forever grateful that we can make choices, and let our voices be heard.
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