Welcome to my stop on the #finishstrong Red White and Blue Bloghop! We’re getting the word out about OWH’s closure – all cards are due August 1st! Today I’m sharing stencil techniques – nine of them – since we’re celebrating our 9th and final Memorial Day Bloghop. It’s bittersweet – but I’m focusing on the positive. Are you ready to join me and help us continue until our final day?

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

Stencil Techniques

I’m no stencil techniques expert, but I love to play with them – and challenging myself to come up with 9 techniques in 9 minutes? Oh man! Cray cray. This stencil really inspired me. I layered them all on cardstock and used the sentiment from THIS set to make them all into AnyHero cards. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Thank you

I also want to say a huge thank you to all those who’ve been so positive and encouraging about the changes coming for OWH. It means so much! I’ve heard a good deal of negative feedback, personal criticism, and rumors – even that some people are rejoicing in the closure of OWH. They don’t seem to understand that we’re ending our mission because we succeeded in our work not that we (or I) have failed in any way. Your positive comments truly help me keep sight of the good we’ve done not only for our heroes and their families, but for our cardmakers….and I appreciate you kind-hearted folks!

I’d like to call on everyone’s better angels as we walk through the next few months:

  1. If you see criticism – reply with only positivity.
  2. If you hear of lost-mojo-sadness-syndrome – help to inspire their next card.
  3. And if you witness anyone “dancing on our grave” – step away from their attitude and remember that we’re still working…we still need cards until August 1st!

The heroes on our contact list appreciate your efforts to hang in there while we finish our work this summer!

Sandy Allnock 9 stencil techniques

Supplies

Not included below: Wplus9 sprays:  Sweet Gelato and Lake House. Affiliate links used, at no cost to you; read more.

Thanks so much for visiting and checking out my stencil techniques! 

Go start at the top of the hop HERE to see all the rest of the amazing creations!