I miss my brother. Right now he's proudly serving our country in Afghanistan. He's in the Marine Corps and this is his third time being deployed. He has served twice in Iraq already. Usually while he's gone I send him lots of emails since he has daily (just about) access to his email. This time around, however, I want to mail him more letters. I think they're so much more personal than email and he can read them whenever he likes--even when he can't get on the computer.
I pulled out my "The Free and the Brave" stamp set and made him this card.
This is actually the FIRST stamp set I put on my order when we could order from the new catalog. I knew he was going to be deployed again and so I had to have this set.
The card is a Z fold card. I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock. I folded it in half to make a standard size card with the fold going down the left side. I took the front of the card and folded it in half back towards the main fold in the card. Here's a photo of the card open to help you visualize it better.
I embossed the soldier and the white stars with white embossing powder. The red stars on the right help hold the card closed. I tuck the soldier flap under the edge of the stars. Each of the red stars you see is actually 3 stars glued on top of each other. It was too flimsy to use just one layer of cardstock, so I made it three layers thick. Once I had all three layers glued together, I added the star rub-on on top. I adhered them to my card with dimensionals.
I'm going to make a batch of homemade cookies and send them along with this card to my brother. I hope they find him safe and well, far away from danger.
Stamps: The Free and the Brave
Paper: White, Real Red, Night of Navy
Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Small Star Punch, Dimensionals, Anchored Rub-ons