Saturday, August 27, 2016


My oldest nephew recently graduated from Officer Candidates School for the U.S. Marine Corps. I wanted to make him an extra special card for the occasion. Here's what I came up with:

I started with a 5.25" x 4" panel of kraft cardstock. I die-cut the map shape using the What The Doodle: Map Die from Papertrey Ink, stamped the sentiment below it and adhered the panel onto a white A2 card base (completely covering the base with Scor-Tape). This left me with a negative space map outline to "fill in." I die-cut the map three more times (from red, white and blue cardstocks). I layered the three maps on top of each other and held them together with some washi tape. Then, I cut them (all at the same time) to create the blue section on the left and the stripes on the right. I used a tiny star from the Stitched Labels Dies by Pretty Pink Posh and die-cut the stars into the blue section. Then, I die-cut seven stars from white cardstock to fit into those spots. I then placed the colored cardstock pieces of my map into place within the negative space to fill it all in.

To finish, I added a touch of clear sparkle to the stars with a glitter pen.

I hope you like my creation for today! I was pretty excited about how this turned out. I hope Jake likes it!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Simply Said (Paper Smooches)
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: What the Doodle - Map Die (Papertrey Ink), star from Stitched Labels Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)
Glitter Pen: Clear Wink Of Stella (Zig)
Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)


Karen B. said...

So clever and seems perfect for the occasion!

Leigh Penner said...

What a perfect card for your nephew!

Brenda in IN said...

This is so clever and turned out great. I'm sending best wishes for your nephew. My hubby was a Marine and said it was the best thing to happen to him when he was young and just out of school.

Brenda in IN said...

I love how you made this card and pieced it together. It came out great. Congratulations to your nephew. My hubby was a Marine and always said it was the best thing that happened to him right out of high school. He was a proud Marine.

Kim S said...

Absolutely perfect for someone heading into the military!