Saturday, May 26, 2012

Let's Make Some Hero Mail!

Operation Write Home encourages us to create cards for troops to send home to loved ones, but they also request that we make cards just for the troops with a short note to express our appreciation to them. How cool is that? They call it AnyHero Mail. This is your chance to say "thank you" in style!

We like to add a little math to our art by creating clever formulas that make efficient use of our time and materials. To help you in your OWH AnyHero card-making endeavors, we have taken Sketch #115, and developed a clever cutting formula to help you crank out a dozen cards in a jiffy! It uses only nine sheets of 8-1/2x11" paper, and there is absolutely NO waste! Scrap that!


If you like the Unmounted Stamps we used from our Military collection, you'll want to be sure to snag a sheet of those while they last! They are SO cool!

For those who need to know the guidelines for creating cards for OWH, please click here. They are important. (Thinks like "no glitter" keeps our troops safe.)

Without further delay, these are the "dirty dozen" Hero Mail cards we made.

You can seriously make these cards in minutes with little to no waste of paper. You can see that the cards are similar, yet all a bit different. You can make changes as you like, or just keep them all the same if you don't bore easily!

This is the unmounted stamp sheet that we used. It's amazing how much detail comes through on the dog tag, boots, flag and eagle images.


Have a ball! Let us know how the card assembly goes!


75 comments:

  1. Awesome way to use the sketch in different ways! Love these images - they are perfect for OWH! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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  2. Great idea. Thank you for supporting OWH!

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  3. That is impressive! I bookmarked this 'cause I really need to learn that math! These stamps are great as well.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Misty! I know the math seems a little challenging at first, but it gets easier with practice, for sure! Let us know how it goes!

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  4. I love the idea of making cards without scraps left over. I will be using these sketch dimensions for sure! Thank you for sharing today and supporting OWH!

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  5. Oh, oh. Looks like I'm going to need another stamp set. Love that you made so many different cards with the same set.
    http://www.nutsandcats.blogspot.com/

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  6. Great cards - and great tip for the mathematically challenged like me!

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  7. This is a very interesting use of the stamp sheets for the OWH sketches!

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  8. Great cards and I like these sketches :)

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  9. Great approach to this sketch and I love those stamps! Thanks for your support of OWH today!

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  10. Great cards! Thank you for your support of OWH!

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  11. I love how you gals break down a sketch and papers for no waste - fabbbb!!!! Thanks for hopping with OWH!

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  12. Great group of images. Such nice detail in all of them. This is a great group of cards for Any Hero notes. Thanks for joining in the Memorial Day hop and for supporting OWH!

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  13. Great creations, I love the images;)

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  14. Wonderful cards and thanks for the clever cutting formula.

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  15. Great set of cards, love how simple this is and how easy to reproduce!

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  16. Thanks for all the goodies! Very helpful for paper usage with no leftovers! Thanks for hoppin' with OWH. craftycolonel.blogspot.com

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  17. Great cards-- love how simple this is and easy to reproduce!

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  18. thank you for sharing this cutting formula, it'll come in handy for making multiples of cards for OWH

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  19. I save every layout and instructions for assembly line cutting/cardmaking I can find. Thanks for giving some great ones. Such a great use of different color combos, sentiments & images. I have to say the boots image is my favorite. Thanks for your participation in the hop and support of the troops.

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    1. I think the boots image is my personal favorite, too. It evokes emotion in me, for some reason. Glad you can get some use out of the sketches/instructions!

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  20. What a great idea to get 12 cards from 9 pieces of paper with no waste! Definitely something I need to try and do. TFS!!!

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  21. Great set. I love to make multiples like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Love the set and the instructions! thanks!

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  23. Great cards! And thanks for the link to the cutting guide! TFS

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  24. Love these cards, especially the ones with the boots image! Thanks for supporting OWH and participating in the bloghop.

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  25. Love all of these images. Thanks for the cutting info! Beautiful cards!

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  26. Wowing everyone as usual, CS! Lots more of these formulas on their website, OWH friends! And the stamp images are so cool and useful.

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  27. Love these! those stamps are just perfect for a OWH card-making marathon!

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  28. Beautiful stamp set and wonderful cards you made from it!

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  29. Wow. Love all the cards. Happy Memoral Weekend. Hugs

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  30. The cards are fabulous! I love the stamp set - I went to your store and almost forgot to come back to the hop. I will have to go shopping really soon. Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  31. FANTASTIC! Love the formula your came up with for this great set of cards!
    Love the images from this stamp set. CLUB SCRAP ROCKS!

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  32. Love your cards, ideas for saving paper and especially the stamp set!!

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  33. These are great Hero cards. I know they will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting our Troops and OWH!

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  34. Nice set! Love those boots! Great set of cards.

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  35. Great info! And amazing any hero cards.

    Sheila
    Http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

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  36. Love a no-waste math project! These cards are fab! TFS and for supporting OWH! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Yep, Lynn--math is for artists, too! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you get a chance to test out the formula and that it works for you!

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  37. I have a friend (a relatively new cardmaker) who has dedicated herself to making cards for Hero Mail. I'm going to share this with her - she'll love it! Thank you for your support of OWH. You bring a whole host of crafters with you!

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  38. Love the color combination and all the slight variations of the sketch! The stamp set is awesome~!

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  39. Love your fabulous arrangement of cards!!!

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  40. What an outstanding group of cards. The little images are wonderful. And thanks so much for doing the card math for us. I always try to minimize waste and this is perfect. TFS and supporting OWH.

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  41. Lovely cards thank you for sharing :)

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  42. great images and thanks for the tips on cranking out a stack of cards fast when the MoJo ebbs. Thanks for supporting OWH.

    SuzAnn
    OWH Board

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  43. How cool is that?! Thanks for the no-waste tips - I love to crank out a bunch of cards at once. Your stamps are fabulous BTW.

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  44. AWESOME cards! I absolutely LOVE this stamp set! Love the tips, too! Thanks for your support of OWH!!!

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  45. Handsome masculine cards! Thanks for your support of our heroes and Operation Write Home. The cutting template is a great idea.

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  46. wow - great set of cards wonderful stamps - thanks for being a part of the OWH blog hop

    Barb Housner

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  47. Love the masculine feel of these cards. Thank you for the cutting guides - definitely will help with making more OWH cards!

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  48. Great ideas you have for hero cards.

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  49. Great way to make a set of cards - - with zero scrap. Amazing!
    Mary, Wausau WI

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  50. THANK YOU!!! I just committed to my first donation of cards, and planned to do multiples of 12. This card/tutorial is an awesome idea and a great encouragement to me!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diana! I'm glad you can get some use out of the sketch. You can add more sheets of paper in different colors to extend your options and add even more cards to the mix. But sometimes a dozen is *just right*. :)

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  51. I love this idea! So many cards just alike but oh so different! What a wonderful way to mass produce! Thanks for the inspiration. I love those stamps and color choices!

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  52. What a great bunch of cards! Thank you for supporting OWH!!

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  53. Love the images and the tips for assembly:)

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  54. FABULOUS cards and what a great idea for a set of cards. Love that set!

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  55. Thank you for showing support to our Troops. Your beautiful efforts will be appreciated by so many. Honor Memorial Day!

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  56. Nice cards -- anyone would love to receive these.

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  57. Awesome cards! And I love how you developed a formula for the sketch to use every bit of paper! I will be giving that one a try for sure!

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  58. OH MY GOSH!!!! I am heading to order me that stamp set.. wowzers!!!! Great group of cards.. thanks so much for sharing these.. I have ideas on how to use the stamps already brewing in my head. blessings ~ Pam

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    1. We're so thrilled that you liked the stamps, Pam! Thanks for stopping by!

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  59. Awesome! Love the no scrap idea for sure! Thanks for your support of OWH!!!

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  60. WOW. Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing it and for supporting OWH.

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  61. Awesome set of cards made!! Thank you for supporting!

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  62. great set of cards. and no waste.

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  63. Club Scrap, you just saved my life today. Seriously. I'm not kidding! I needed a bunch of thank you cards today, and I got a dozen made likety-split. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Time for bed - and I'm still going to bed early because of your card formulas! Yippee!

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