Today I want to share a Memorial Day card that I made using some of the stamps and the dies from the Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection. I love that this set can be used for almost any occasion, and especially that it can be used to thank our heroes. This is the card —
The card looks much more difficult than it really is. I began with a Sizzix die set — the Hearts Step-Ups card designed by Stephanie Barnard. I used this to cut the base. When planning a card like this, I often do a “draft” or “sample” card to see how things will lay out. So my first step card was cut out of blue cardstock. I used images from three different stamp sets in the Everyday Heroes collection — Everyday Hero Newsprint, You Inspire Me, and My Hero. I stamped all three on scrap paper.
I began planning the card by fussy cutting all of the words that I wanted to use from the stamped images. I didn’t want to use “you stand the test of time”, so I set that part aside. I cut a flag from kraft paper and from white, and added the “You Inspire Me” message to that. I cut two cards from kraft paper to fit on the step side of the card — one 4″ x 2.75″, that would stand behind and contain the words “You Inspire Me . . . . with honor, integrity and compassion”. The second card was 2.75″ x 2.5″, and I added the words “You are my Hero” to that one. I did experiment with a little taller card in the front (2.75″ x 2.75″), but that was too tall. I attached all of this with a removable adhesive so that I could reposition the pieces until I found a layout that I liked.
I had some holographic patriotic stars that I purchased, and I thought they would add a little patriotic flair to the card. I tried using them as they were, but quickly found they were just too big. I used a Lawn Fawn die set, “Puffy Star Stackables” to cut the stars a little smaller. Even though the pre-made stars were a heavy-weight plastic, I was able to cut them with the dies, although there were a couple of places where I needed to trim the star out. I kept both the smaller star and the outline star that it created, because I knew that both would be useable at some point.
I added three of the smaller stars to the solid portion of the step card. They were staggered to avoid any overlapping, etc. I wanted to place the circle die-cut, “We Will Always Remember”, in that area but first needed to build it up a little to give it more dimension. I could have done this with dimensional adhesive, but instead decided to cut 4 more of the circles from chipboard and glue them together with the stamped version. This created a very solid image for that area. I experimented with a center flag in the circle, but thought it just detracted from the already busy card.
The last area to decorate was the bottom of the step card. I added another flag — “Celebrating You” — which fit perfectly with the theme for the card. Similar to what I did above, I cut a flag from white cardstock and one from kraft cardstock, added the sentiment and then attached the two together. I added it to the base of the card, at a slight angle. The last element I added was the boots. I placed one of the star outlines in the area where the boots would be attached. I attached the boots, being careful to cover the heart that was a part of the step card design. I added a smaller outline star on top of the boots as a final step.
I did all of this in draft version, trying out various placements of the pieces until I was satisfied with the result. When I was satisfied, it was time to create the final card. First, I cut the step card from a kraft cardstock with gold polka dots. I re-stamped all of the images that I wanted to use, this time with VersaFine black onyx ink. I also heat embossed the images using Ranger’s Super Fine Clear embossing powder. I re-cut the flag pieces, etc. but kept them in plain kraft paper because I didn’t want too much gold on the card. I reassembled the card, this time with Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive. I chose to rest the “you inspire me” and “my hero” cards against the hearts on the step base, but you could also choose to attach them to the hearts (this may be preferable if mailing the card, etc.). To finish the card, I cut a piece of white cardstock just a little smaller than the card back. This is to allow a space for a personal message, etc. I attached it to the back with the Angel Craft adhesive tape. This card took a little time, but was all very easy. Please see the short video for further information on how I planned and assembled it.
Here are two more views of the card (from the side and from the top)
I just love the versatility of the Everyday Heroes collection. Of course you could use a similar design to this one with almost any of the stamp collages in the collection to create a wonderful Fathers’ Day card. I also like that the Hearts Step-Up card is useable for many different occasions (you could cut or fold down the hearts if you don’t want them to be seen).
Supplies available from CutatHome:
Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Collection — My Hero (SKU HCPC-3664); You Inspire Me (SKU HCPC-3667); Everyday Hero Newsprint (SKU HCPC-3665); Everyday Hero Die Set (SKU HCD1-761)
Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackables Dies (SKU LF521)
Sizzix Framelits Hearts Step-Ups die set (SKU 660025)
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)
Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, purchased patriotic stars, Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder, VersaFine Black Onyx ink, heat gun.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!