Friday, July 4, 2014

TGIF on VCMP


Today is a Virtual Card Making Party (VCMP) for Operation Write Home (OWH).  You can see all of the challenges on the Operation Write Home Blog, so be sure to check it out every two hours for the WHOLE weekend!  Did you have fun at Sybrina's His & Hers Sketch challenge?  I'm still trying to decide on which of the 200+ sketches I'll pick... oh the decisions, but while I'm doing that...  I am your hostess for the next two hours of FUN, so let's go!
Usually, during the work week, we are like:


But when Friday comes around, we are...


So, let's truly personify TGIF and be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy by making a thank you card (or 5, 10, 15...) for Operation Write Home to send to our troops.  But wait, there ARE bonus points available... Since it is Friday AND a holiday, we've gotta sweeten the deal just a touch... Make your own fireworks by using spray inks.  REMEMBER - NO GLITTER!
You can find the Guidelines for the cards that OWH will accept here - http://operationwritehome.org/guidelines/.  Be sure to stick to those, because we don't want to put our troops in danger.
Here are a few samples to get ya goin', and even a tutorial for ya, too...
This first card was done with another of the backgrounds I made for yesterday's Ballon Day cards - it's a SUPER simple technique that will use your spray inks.  I used more pieces from the Blueprints # 13 die set by MFT... I love those things to make a card super quickly, like this:


Now another technique for a fun background with the fabulous gelatos.
Begin with a panel with a thin layer of dry gesso (also leftovers from yesterday's cards).  Color your favorite colors directly on the gesso, and you'll end up with something that looks like this:


Then, you will use your super spendy tool - your finger - to blend the gelatos.  The oils in your fingers are reacting with these water-based pigments, and you end up with this:


See how smooth that looks just with your finger?!  Now comes the magic!  Gently adhere your card panel, as well as a stencil to your craft sheet.  I use washi tape to hold my stencil:



Grab a baby wipe, and wipe away the stencil pattern, and you end up with this:


Now, I wanted a little color in my flower, so I took two colors of spray ink (oh yeah, I got it stuck in!), and sprayed on my craft sheet.  I used a paint brush to add some color back to my white flower stencil, and I ended up with this. This particular stencil has a coordinating stamp, so I stamped that for a little definition in gray, and I ended with this:


Since gelatos do react with your finger oils, you MUST use a sealer on this panel before you finish it out.  Contrary to public opinion, red, pink, and purple are definitely not part of any of our military uniforms, and most commanders would like to keep it that way.  I use Krylon matte spray sealer that you can find at any hardware or craft store.  I just put the panel in a card board box and put a light coat on it to make sure it stays where it should.  And here is the final card:


Ok, now it's your turn to truly TGIF!  You can link up your card below, and be sure to head on back to the Operation Write Home Blog for the link to where Linda is going to have you in pieces!
HAVE FUN!






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18 comments:

Kara said...

Thanks for a fun challenge!

Chark said...

beautiful backgrounds! love the flower with color added back in!

Erika said...

This is a great idea! I haven't used my spray winks in a long time and this is a good excuse to pull them out again. Love the gelatos tutorial.

Ronni Unger said...

Great idea! I am keeping a list of what cards to make....... Maybe I can combine :)

Donna Nuce said...

I did not know you had to seal gelatos. Thanks for that tip. Back later with a card!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Thanks for the challenge! Looks like lots of fun. Also, thanks for the tip on sealing the gelatos. I've often wondered about that, and now I know! Hopefully I can play along this weekend sometime.

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Great challenge!I love the tute on gellatos for a background. I'll be tryng that... thank you.

Lynn said...

Hi Michelle! I love challenges to make cards FOR the Heroes! I don't have ink or gels so I just went with Patriotic.... :) Thank you for hosting a challenge for today and I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Lori Kobular said...

I really love the card with the flower, that background is so sweet with all the different colors!

Lori Kobular said...

I love the card you made with the Gelato background, the colors are so vibrant!

Dixie Cochran said...

Great examples for a fun challenge, and an excellent excuse to get messy! Thanks!

Michele Smith said...

Thank you for this challenge! It truly was for me because I had never used sprays lol! I love the soft blue background on the 1st one. I tried the stencil technique on the gelatos but couldn't get it to work for me. Need lots more practice on that!! Hope you have a great weekend! :-)

Sybrina K said...

Love the name of this challenge... and was so happy to have a reason to ink up those new SU stamps. Thanks so much for hosting!

Andrea T said...

Thanks for the challenge. I appreciate the info on gelatos. I have most of the colors but wasn't sure if I should use them for OWH. Your cards are beautiful!

Carol L said...

The challenge was fun even if I didn't have spray inks! Thanks for the detailed tutorial for making a gorgeous colorful background! Your cards are wonderful!

Angie Vallejo said...

Thanks for a great challenge! It got me into my sprays that I haven't used in awhile for cards!

Debbie Caldwell said...

I love these challenges...I don't have spray inks...so I just made a traditional Thank You. This year VCMP has been challenging.

Elsie B said...

Thanks for the challenge! My spray ink fireworks don't look like fireworks...at least the organized type! This was fun, though, playing around with the ink.

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