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Operation Write Home is a non-profit organization that makes handmade cards for U.S. troops in active deployment away from their families. These boxes of handmade beauty are then shipped to the troops wherever they are (on a ship, in Afghanistan or Iraq, wherever) so that they can have beautiful cards to write home on. Yes, email is immediate and reassuring, but a physical card from an absent loved one is something else indeed. Many spouses thank OWH for providing cards that then get sent home to loved ones – especially children, for whom a physical reminder of the absent soldier or sailor is very important. Please consider joining us in making cards – whether you make 2 or 200, your efforts will be appreciated. But please check the guidelines first – as there are a few rules (all with good reason) – for example, no glitter because it gets on uniforms and makes the wearer extra visible to night vision goggles – thus putting the lives of troops at risk. So please, read the guidelines first and then join with hundreds of others in this worthy cause!

Okay, so here are my cards:

Christmas Card #1

Christmas Card #2

The photograph of #2 is much better and much larger, even though I think #1 is a better card. Here’s what I used to make each card:

#1: Tidbits Trinkets image sentiment (see below);  Sargent Art Liquid Metals metallic markers (www.sargentart.com); Generations Finishing Touches “Poinsettas embellishment” (GE12008) (www.GenerationsNow.com); acrylic rhinestones, source unknown.

I printed the “Noel” sentiment on red card stock, and, using the edge of a scrap piece of card stock as a mask, edged the sentiment with gold metallic marker. I positioned it on the green card base, and added the poinsettas and rhinestones.

#2: Tidbits Trinkets sentiment image (see below); Walmart Dept. 44 fashion trim beaded and sequined trim; Fiskar’s adhesive foam dots; patterned paper from an “assorted paper pack” purchased at Big Lots, manufacturer unknown.

For this card, I cut a piece of patterned paper just slightly smaller than the blue card base. Using glue dots, I adhered the trim, being careful to make sure it was well glued – especially the ends on the back of the paper. I then glued the patterned paper to the front of the card base. I cut out the individual letters from the sentiment (after printing it on white card stock), and then matted them on dark blue card stock, cutting around the letters again. Using foam dots, I mounted the individual matted letters on the card.

Both cards are blank inside, and on both I used Elmer’s Craft Bond glue dots and Tomblow Mons Aqua liquid glue. Personally, I love glue dots. I use them to adhere rhinestones, buttons, ribbon, trim (in this case I also used glue dots to keep the trim stretched on sideways on the card),  etc.

I am not as pleased with the second card. I think maybe, in the end, the font was a bit hard to read. But I like it. It’s fancy. So, I included it in the freebies anyway. Today’s freebies are the sentiment “Noel” in 6 different fonts:

Noel #1

Noel #2

Noel #3

Noel #4

Noel #5

Noel #6

And finally, another Christmas sentiment that I hope someone can use:

Christmas magic sentiment

I hope you enjoy making cards with the freebies, and I hope you enjoy OWH’s blog hop as well! (If you need instructions on how to download any of my images, see the sidebar at the right.

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Peace,

Bekka

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This entry was posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at 03:00 (3:00 am) and is filed under Bloghops, OWH World Cardmaking Day, Saturday Digital Freebie. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

22 comments so far

 1 

Wow, you did some intricate cutting work on the second card. I agree with you that the font is hard to read on that one, though. Maybe if you want to make a card like this again, you could use the “N” and do the other letters in a more basic font like your #6. Thanks for sharing!

October 1st, 2011 at 08:56 (8:56 am)
peggysue
 2 

Lovely! Beautiful font!

October 1st, 2011 at 09:59 (9:59 am)
 3 

Cute cards!

Lauren, Paper Love
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October 1st, 2011 at 11:13 (11:13 am)
 4 

Great cards. Thank you for sharing :)

Manda :)
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October 1st, 2011 at 11:30 (11:30 am)
 5 

Brilliant card and the fonts are lovely

October 1st, 2011 at 11:42 (11:42 am)
 6 

Very nice effect with the red flowers and gems on the first card. I agree the 2nd card doesn’t work as well, but what an interesting way to use the fancy letters! Thanks for sharing both of them.

October 1st, 2011 at 13:57 (1:57 pm)
Jen M
 7 

Pretty fonts! Love the trim on the second card.

October 1st, 2011 at 14:00 (2:00 pm)
rosie ballard
 8 

thanx 4 great sentiments

October 1st, 2011 at 16:02 (4:02 pm)
 9 

Lovely cards, and yes the #2 card font was hard to read, but the style is very nice. Loved the layout. :)

October 1st, 2011 at 16:12 (4:12 pm)
 10 

thanks for the downloads and supporting OWH

Barb Housner

October 1st, 2011 at 16:26 (4:26 pm)
 11 

I love cutting too, great cards

October 1st, 2011 at 17:58 (5:58 pm)
Laurie J
 12 

I guess I never thought about printing sentiments first, then cutting! Great fonts! Thanks for sharing with OWH!

October 1st, 2011 at 20:09 (8:09 pm)
 13 

Gorgeous cards! Poinsettias are one of my favorites, so I’m a bit biased on the cards. I will have to check out Walmart’s trim after seeing it on your card. All of your images are so wonderful, and I love that you offer so many for us to play with for free. The sentiments you offered today will get lots of use on my cards for family and OWH. Thanks!!!

October 1st, 2011 at 21:12 (9:12 pm)
Rhonda Miller
 14 

What gorgeous cards. Thank you for the fabulous sentiments. I’m a new follower.

October 1st, 2011 at 21:41 (9:41 pm)
 15 

The Noel does stand out well on the first card — pretty poinsettias too. Interesting use of fiber on the second one!

October 1st, 2011 at 22:05 (10:05 pm)
 16 

Great cards, but I have to agree the second is a little hard to read, but still looks cool, :)

October 1st, 2011 at 23:17 (11:17 pm)
Nancy M
 17 

I agree the second is hard to read but TFS your cards and the freebies! Creative use of supplies.

October 2nd, 2011 at 01:52 (1:52 am)
Ann Merkins
 18 

Great cards Bekka! Thank you for the sentiments!

October 2nd, 2011 at 09:33 (9:33 am)
Paula S.
 19 

I enjoy playing with type too and I agree that those elaborate scripts are pretty but so difficult to read. That style is derived from the illuminated manuscripts where they used them just for the first letter on the page which I guess made it easier to figure out. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home!

October 2nd, 2011 at 11:25 (11:25 am)
Shelly Schmidt
 20 

Beautiful cards- and Thanks for the freebies!!! The troops are sure to love receiving these! Great OWH Hop!

October 2nd, 2011 at 16:29 (4:29 pm)
 21 

Thanks so much for the freebies and for your support of Operation Write Home!

October 3rd, 2011 at 11:47 (11:47 am)
 22 

I´ve made a card with one of your digi stamps. Think I´ll use it many times. Thank you!
http://nickanpysslar.blogspot.com/2011/10/oh-deer.html

October 8th, 2011 at 04:56 (4:56 am)