Let’s Wander

Today is the 80th Anniversary of D Day and our landing on the beaches at Normandy. Deep appreciation is felt for our military and the sacrifices they made that day. How different our world would be without the sacrifice they all made. I remember my step father telling me about his days on the ground in France after the invasion. Both he and his older brother were part of the army that went forth to liberate France as they marched into Germany. The Greatest Generation, for sure and those that followed to protect our liberties. Today my daughter and her fiancé were able to participate and perform in the official ceremony at the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial as part of the Collegiate Mass Band. A privilege I’m sure they will remember for years. History… we need to remember

So today’s cards reminded me of those men and women who protect our freedoms.

While the set isn’t a traditional military set I love the way this boots from the Let’s Wander stamp set (163594) were used to create this card. Isn’t it great how we are only limited by our imagination when stamping and creating?

For this card “dog tags” were created using the die from the Unbounded Love Dies (163383) that has been shortened a bit. And the Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (155475) has dots added to it using Metallics Enamel Effects Basic (161610) to create the chain effect. The background uses a simple crumbled paper technique.

How’s it done?

  1. Crumple the paper and then open it gently but don’t smooth out the paper too much.
  2. Open your Classic Ink Pad and drag it over the top.
  3. Repeat with the next color

This card uses Lemon Lime Twist, Mossy Meadow and Pecan Pie to create the camouflage effect.

You can add a spritz or two of water or rubbing alcohol to blend the colors a bit or even a bit of Blending Brush with some ink if you want to add color to the low spots. It’s a fun technique that I look forward to playing with. How about you?

This next card uses the more traditional look that the set inspires – the great out doors and hiking.

The Thoughtful Journey Designer Series Paper (163303) was used as a quick background perfect for the sentiment which highlights the disconnecting that one enjoys in the great out doors. A bit of Linen Thread (104199) was used to add some texture and mimic book laces and the sentiment has been cut out using the Deckled Rectangle Dies (159173) and some sponging to “weather it”.

This stamp set is one that I totally missed and after seeing these two cards will take another look at. I’m feeling inspired. How about you?

On a personal note: My procedure went well and feeling good about my recovery after seeing my surgeon today. Optimistic about the third time being the charm! I can spend time out of my sling which feels wonderful. I appreciate all your thoughts and well wishes and look forward to seeing everyone at classes again soon.

Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow when I have another card tutorial for you

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