Friday, June 28, 2013

Cranberry, Hero, and Pacifica

Last month, several of the Color My Heart design team participated in the OWH Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop.  There were almost 150 participants and a ton of great ideas.  For this week's Cranberry and Pacifica challenge, I stole this idea from Beth's Beauties and combined it with this card I saw on Splitcoast Stampers a couple years ago to bring you these two cards.

I am also linking this up to the following challenges:
Heart2Heart's Color Me Happy challenge because Cranberry is my all-time, number one favorite color
CASology: Free because where would we be without our military heroes? 
Operation Write Home: Clean and Simple with texture

There are a ton of photos to show you how I did this, but if you want the short version, I used the star and banner cuts from Artiste.  For the top card, I stamped "Hero" from the coordinating stamp set Kudos in White Daisy.  The stitching was done with a white gel pen I probably got at Micheals.

Here's the nitty gritty...

  Star is from p. 68 at 3 inches. Using the slant feature (cursor arrow is pointing at it) on my Design Studio-- which should be the same as Cricut Craft Room--I slanted the star to the left.
The banner is on p. 58. I started at 1 inch and had to make it smaller using the bottom right dohickey (just below the cursor arrow in this picture). Yeah...there's probably a better word for it, but I can't think of it right now. Then, using the stretch feature (cursor arrow is pointing to that dohickey), I pulled each banner just a little longer than the last one.

 When I was done, my screen looked like this.  I put a 4x4 piece of Pacifica on the left lined up at the 0 inch mark, and a 4x6 piece of Cranberry on the right lined up at the 6 inch mark (center line).  I later trimmed the Cranberry piece to 4x5.25 to mount on my second card.

One of the tricks I learned about using negative images is that you need to use lots and lots of foam mounting tape so your cut outs don't bend or droop.  And to get the image centered, you peel back the center sticky but only partially peel back the edge pieces.  When you put it on your card, the bent pieces will keep your panel off the main card until you can line up the edges.  Then you can press down the center, peel off the remaining pieces, and voila!

My first attempt at the second card looked like this.  I liked it, but it seemed to be missing something.  Just sponging the edges of the stars (two different punches, but you could use your Artiste and make smaller, stars as needed) wasn't enough.  So I added the white stitching lines.  I don't recommend doing this after the card is already put together.  Yeah.

The top and bottom larger stars have double foam mounting so the stick up at the same height as the others.

Wow!  Lots of pictures and explanation.  Thanks for sticking with me.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll reply.

One of the things I promised to do during the OWH Hop was to make two "Any Hero" cards.  I'm proud to say, I fulfilled my promise with these two cards!!  If you've never heard of this organization before, I encourage you to click on the Rosie the Riveter picture on my sidebar.

Until next time,


  1. WOW! I am so glad you let me know about this post! I LOVE your take on my card. It is so very different than mine, but yet similar. I am honored that you decided to use my card for your inspiration.
    I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!

  2. Fantastic hero cards and congrats on fulfilling that goal! I love both of these cards with the white gel pen stitching--I think it adds a lot to the cards. Thank you for taking the time to pictorially illustrate how you manipulated the images before cutting!
    :) Marie

  3. I love how you've used both the positive and negative parts of your cuts! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  4. Two wonderful cards...and both wonderful "Any Hero" cards for OWH! Thanks for sharing them with us this week at CASology...perfect for the cue word, for sure!

  5. WOW Fantastic...I love the banners. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these patriotic cards -- truly CAS at its finest! Am going to try to my best to CASE these in spite of a Design Studio/Cricut Craft Room tool box. TFS!

  7. I love your cards on color dare! I can't wait to make my own. thank you so much for showing how you created them. I didn't pick up on the sizing details when looking at them on the color dare blog.

  8. These are gorgeous, Becca! What a great use of banners!!! I just love the movement you created!
    Thanks so much for joining us at CASology! :)

  9. This is so gorgeous and your banners are fantastic, what a process. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

  10. LOVE these, Becca! I am a paper scrap user, so using the negative sure appeals to me too! I love the second one best! Super job with the white pen! :)

  11. fantastic set of cards... so perfect for this time of year! thanks so much for playing along with CASology!

  12. I totally love both cards! How creative! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

  13. I REALLY love the stitching on these two cards, Becca. They really make the cards. These are awesome!

  14. Becca this is amazing! I love the red, white, and blue theme and your tutorial is great. Thanks for joining us at H2H.

  15. Becca -

    Awesome set of cards! Thanks for joining us at Heart2Heart Challenges!



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