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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thank You Army Soldiers

I make holiday cards for our US troops and ask people that I work with and yes even strangers to please take 5 minutes to send our troops a thoughtful message for the holidays. I make the cards they include the message. I've had a positive response from people willing to take just 5 minutes. Well  in order to make enough holiday cards for me and to send to troops I start early. This is just one fun prototype I created. It's an interactive card that I made using the current Close to My Heart stamp B1437 called Courage and retired paper packet called Victory. The best part of this card is that the proceeds from the stamp that I used help benefit US troops and their families. It's a double winner! In addition, I was able to submit this card for the Crafting by Design weekly greeting card challenge.

When the greeting card is closed the troop image and Army title hides the true message.
I used CTMH Durable Squares and Burlap. The squares is a homage representing their service regardless of rank is 5 stars in my book. The burlap rugged look represent their strength and challenge they've endured from boot camp on.
In order to reveal the sentiment the card hold must pull on the side tabs to open the card.
The sentiment inside reads "Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice for serving our country."

If you would like to recreate a card with the same interactive features
I've included step by step instructions below using plain cardstock.
  1. You will need an 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock that will be cut down to create two pieces 
measuring at 4" x 7" and two pieces of 2" x 1".
2. Next you will need to score both pieces of 4" x 7" at 1" , 1 1/2", and 5 1/2" and at 6" inches mark.
3. Fold both of your 4" x 7" pieces of cardstock.


4. Now create a window for one of the
4" x 7" cardstock pieces. The shape of
the opening is up to you, be creative.
Use a craft knife, scissor, die cutting
system to create a window.
5. It's time to adhere the pulls using the 2" x 1" cardstock.
 6. Have a second piece of cardstock measuring no larger than 4" x 4" with the sentiment of
your choice for the inside of your card . Once you have adhered that down  your sentiment to
the 4" x 7" cardstock, the one without the window, it's now time to put the pieces together.
7.  Using the 4" x 7" cardstock with the window as your guide, this will be your the top of
your card, position it onto of the bottom piece containing the sentiment.
8. The final step is embellishing it!
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