Veterans Day – – Thanks for Your Support

american-flag-circleFor Veteran’s Day, I wanted to create a card to say “thank you” to all service men and women who put their lives at risk to fight for democracy and to protect our country.  So … thank you!

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I saw a card on Pinterest where the rubber stamper had punched an offset circle to highlight the focal point of the card. I thought the placement of the punch and the way it ran off the side of the DSP was unique and unexpected. That card inspired the one I stamped here.

Creating balance:
The punch art on the side created a void on the other side of the card. So how did I create balance?:
Ribbon:
If you’re familiar with my post, you know that I have an ongoing love affair with our 5/8″ organza ribbon. LOVE it!!!!! The punched circle provided the perfect place to tie the ribbon to the side. The bow fills the void and adds a sense of symmetry in weight. An added benefit here is that the underside of the ribbon is conveniently concealed under the DSP so it’s not visible when the card is opened.
Banner:
I was looking through old posts and realized how often I use banners. Just about every post has one! Geez Amy!!! But banners are a great way to add a pop of color or dimension, to make a greeting more prominent, to draw attention to a particular area of your design and to fill an empty space.
Lone bird:
With everything else going on, I wanted something in the bottom corner but it had to be small. I isolated one of the birds in the stamp by inking it with a marker.

Watercoloring:
While coloring with markers is a good option, I personally prefer the soft, muted colors you get when watercoloring. I pressed down the lids of the Pool Party, Old Olive and Crushed Curry ink pads to create an ink spot, or “paint palette”, on the inside of the lid. Then I used a Blender Pen as a paint brush to paint the images. When watercoloring, you need to first stamp the image with a permanent ink pad such as StazOn or Memento.

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