Operation Write Home Blog Skip

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Hiya! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home birthday bash 2013 blog skip with Hero Arts! Love it that they call it a “skip” since it’s a short hop, lol! If you are skipping along with us already, you should have arrived here via JoAnn’s blog. If you’re just joining us, feel free to head back to the beginning at Operation Write Home.

Most cardmakers have heard of Operation Write Home by now — they collect blank handmade cards for servicemen and women to send back home. Such a great idea!  Hero Arts supports OWH by donating 25% of the profits from the sale of  OWH stamps to them. A win-win! You can see all of the great OWH stamps right here.

Cards must meet certain guidelines, including an A2 size card, no lumpy embellishments and most importantly, no glitter.  Now if you know me, you know that I’m the kinda girl who loves to add glitter to all of her cards. So before I started stamping I sat down to think about what I could use to give the cards some umph — and I decided to break out my new Hero Arts neon red ink! I rubbed it on some white cardstock to color it red and die cut some hearts like so:

Rub paper with neon red ink by Lisa Spangler

Then, since I have a whole stack of chalkboard backgrounds waiting for me I decided to use some of them, too! (I did a video on how to make these stamped backgrounds using the newly released Chalkboard Background stamp for Hero Arts on Monday and hadn’t cleaned my desk yet — sometimes it pays to be a messy stamper, ha ha!)

So now that you’ve got the backstory, on with the cards!

I started out by stamping the globe from the You’re My World set a bunch of times with black ink on white cardstock, then watercolored them and let them dry. I like how this globe is kinda old school and cool — goes with the background!

Then I applied some glossy accents and let that dry too. Then I just added a message from the same set, some hearts and patterned paper and ta dah!

Miss You by Lisa Spangler using OWH stamps

Just love how this turned out! The patterned paper adds just a touch of color that really makes the chalk background pop, don’t you think?

Miss You by Lisa Spangler using OWH stamps

Since I have all those hearts and globes I couldn’t stop there — just had to make a second card!

What on Earth by Lisa Spangler using OWH stamps

This one has a little more going on! First I used the tweed pattern stencil and Mister Huey’s honeydew to create a subtle background. Then while that was drying I went to town creating a little chalkboard framed message.

What on Earth by Lisa Spangler using OWH stamps

I first white embossed the message from this set on one of my chalk background pieces, then die cut it, and went around it with a white colored pencil to give it more of that chalkboard feel.  Love how it’s softer than a white pen — and looks more like chalk! Couldn’t resist adding a little chalkboard tape, too!

Well, that’s it from me. Thanks so much for joining me on the skip!  And hope you’ll consider making some cards to send to OWH — even though you can’t use glitter. Ha!

Your next stop in the skip is a fellow Texan —  Alison — can’t wait to see what she’s made! :)


55 Replies to “Operation Write Home Blog Skip”

  1. I have so enjoyed your take on the chalkboard background stamp, Lisa! Both cards are so homey and warm–perfect for OWH!!

  2. I love the “old school” look of the globe as well. That dark background on the first card does make your globe stand out! Thank you for all the ideas on how to use the same set with such different looks!

  3. Great cards….thanks.

  4. Such cute cards for the troops! I love the globe. That would be good for travel pics also.

  5. So simple – so cute. Love the layouts of both.

  6. Love chalkboard techniques, looks so great with the “epic” stamp set. And the background in tweed seems so appropriate with this set too. Love globes, don’t you?

  7. The video was great – answered lots of questions about that background stamp. And, it is always good to hear your voice. These cards are adorable…I especially love the layout design on the first. May have to CAS that as a sketch. You rock, again!

  8. Awesome!! Love that chalkboard–wow so fun! Definitely going to need that to my wish list!

  9. Love, love, love both of these cards. They’re my favorites so far, I think (although I’ve said that to myself at each stop). ;-) I’ll definitely check out the video when I get home from work. Well done!

  10. Alright I’m convinced I need this stamp now. Chalkboards forever!

  11. Love your cards and the chalkboard technique. Thanks for sharing.

  12. You are definitely the master of the chalkboard technique! Love the globes, that little bit of patterned paper, and the hearts!

  13. Thanks for the inspiration. I may have to CASE those cards! :)

  14. Great cards–I like your use of hearts and globes.

  15. Ya know, I’ve resisted the whole chalkboard thing so far, but I did cave and order the HA Chalkboard background stamp. Now I’m off to see your video of how to use it. heh

  16. Love these cards!

  17. I really liked the Chalkboard back ground

  18. Chalkboards are my current obsession and both of there are fabulous! I think that background is probably a *must have* for me after seeing the way you’ve used it. Thanks so much for joining in today and your support of OWH!

  19. These cards are beautifully done–love the chalkboard effect. I must get that chalkboard stamp.

  20. Thanks for sharing your terrific cards! Great job using chalkboard background.

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