Keeping it Simple with monochrome cards

P1010572I like to make cards for Hero Hugs, an organization that sends care packages to our deployed men and women in the military.  Because I want to send a lot, I have friends help me, and not everyone is a crafter or even specifically, a card maker.  That’s when a simple design and monochrome colors can make for a really quick, but nice card.

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I didn’t get pictures of every color when I was snapping away, but I did have my friends make these cards in all five 2014 – 2016 In Colors, and let them choose the design from the set Timeless Talk.   The ribbons on the cards are all from the same In Color set.  The ribbons have a really soft texture and light shine to them, and are all rich colors.  I think the Hello Honey is my favorite, because it really comes off as golden, and I could see using it for a variation of gold on Christmas cards, and for Thanksgiving.  To keep this card simple, I had my friends staple the ribbon pieces on the side.  I think it is a nice effect that is good for both masculine and feminine cards.

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The Get Well stamp, which was current when I designed the cards in May, came from a set called Pefecty Penned.  It retired in June, but you could easily change out the sentiment.  Sassy Salutations has a really cute font and would work great on this card.

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The top of the card is punched with the Spiral Border punch.  To make the assembly faster, I pre-punched and pre-cut all the card pieces, so my friends could just stamp, staple, adhere and assemble.

Hero Hugs needs Get Well and Thank You cards all the time, which is why you see the same sentiment. The cards need to be no larger than 5.5″ X 4″ to fit in the care packages.  I cut 1/2 inch off the short side of 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock, and then cut the length in half to end up with two bases.  Another biggie is no glitter, but you can read the specifications here.  Just page down to the card section.  Bailey doesn’t update this page anymore, as she is a very busy young lady, but does post pictures to the Hero Hugs Facebook when she has time.

Special thanks to my friends in Lavina and Billings, MT who helped me make these cards, and many more.  I can’t post all the designs and pictures-especially since the Sea Street Octopus card doesn’t fit the same criteria of this post, but I’ll try to post it later, because it is adorable and patriotic at the same time.   I will be visiting Montana in May/June 2015 and will host another event in Lavina, for those out west who want to help make cards.  I will post Hero Hug card pictures another day, highlighting  cards made by my Georgia friends.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you on Wednesday for a special Blog Hop with the InKing Royalty members.

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