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Bloghop: Make Background Paper for a card

I’m Sandy Allnock, founder of Operation Write Home, and I am so stoked to share my card where I make background paper out of awesome stamps! This bloghop is one of my favorite things of the year…it’s always so exciting to see just how many people are out there supporting our heroes and blogging about it!

We’re asked to use OWH sketches for this bloghop. For my card, I chose to use OWH sketch #85…it has a great focal point up in the top area and a big space to make background paper —or use some printed paper if you’re not crazy like me!

Make background paper yourself!

If you have the time, it’s fun to create your own design for paper to use on a card. For this one, it’s stamped and colored with Copics! I used the Hero Arts Operation Write Home “Right at Home” fundraiser set of stamps…I just LOVE this set! (And not just because they donate a portion of proceeds!) I stamped the kites with Memento ink, and colored each section in mix-and-matchy style.

Sandy Allnock - Make Background Paper

The ribbon embellishment was made by 1) taking a small piece of 1″ wide ribbon and cutting it at an angle, 2) gluing the two halves side-by-side with Scor-Tape onto black cardstock; 3) trimming the cardstock as a layer. Easypeasy! And of course since it’s May Arts ribbon, it cuts perfectly with no fraying. And this technique uses ribbon without any bulky bows, too!

The sentiment, stamped in Versafine, is from the same set as the kites – this was the sentiment I definitely wanted when making the set suggestion to Hero Arts during the design phase, and it’s just perfect! I pierced around the diecut oval with scallop using my Tim Holtz/Tonic piercer…one of my fave tools of course! You’ve got links in the dooblie do to all the products, including even my favorite guillotine paper cutter and adhesives too.

I sure hope you’re having a blast hopping along and visiting all the great blogs. If you go shopping, just remember to tell everyone you’re there because of OWH…we want them to feel the luv!


If you’re inspired to go make background paper too, come back and leave me a link – I’d love to see what you create!

135 thoughts on “Bloghop: Make Background Paper for a card

  1. I’m pathetically slow at getting around to your blog from the hop! I love how you colored the kits–this is such a great set! And your ribbon effect is especially cool! Your attention to detail is always outstanding! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Absolutely adorable, Sandy! Love how you created your own kite paper 🙂 (Yes, I am still hopping!)

  3. Love the kite background.

  4. Great card! Awesome candy!

  5. Well, I was so busy this weekend, I never made it around the entire bloghop, but I *HAD* to make time to visit some of my faves! I love how you used this stamp to make your own custom patterned paper, and the ribbon technique is sheer genius. I hate cutting banners/pennants like that (I never get them straight) so this is a great alternative! I had a blast helping you and hanging with you on Skype – let’s do it again (but not too soon!). LOL

    Oh, and I must be the only person on the planet who still doesn’t have the Hero Arts stamp sets, so I’m hoping that I can win them from SOMEONE, ANYONE during this hop. Otherwise, I’m going to order them online myself!!

  6. This has been an incredibly inspirational hop! Love your kites and beautiful coloring. It still blows my mind that you are able to do all the things you do AND color up a storm…

  7. I love the ribbon treatment and those kites are adorable! Thank you for everything you do for our troops, Sandy!!

  8. What a great card! Love it! And the sentiments on that stamp set are just perfect!

  9. Sandy I love how you made the background paper!! More coloring, yeah!! Love the way you used the ribbon too.

  10. The paper, sentiment and ribbon used on this card all work together so well. I have to order one of these stamp sets. Thank you!

  11. Sandy, your creation is really cute. I love how you did the ribbon.

  12. What a great card Sandy, you’ve taken something so simple and made it beautiful!

  13. LOVE your DIY kite background paper. That stamp set is wonderful to use on our OWH cards. Thanks for all your support from 2007 through today.

  14. Sandy,
    Love the background paper that you created with your kites. So happy and cheerful. Thanks for all that you do to support our Heroes. You are awesome.

  15. Love the ribbon technique! Great color combo!

  16. Love your ribbon technique. Your whole card is fun and cheery.

  17. I love the paper piercing detail and yes this hop has been a blast! Great job!

  18. Of course, ribbon & copics! LOL1 this is very nice Sandy. Love how you did the ribbon & thanks for the lessons. As always you impress. I do not yest have any OWH/HA Stamps, but one can hope.

    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  19. I love the way you used the ribbon. You have so many ideas for inspiration! Thank you for all your work on the blog hop. It was fun to be able to join in this year.

  20. Wonderful card as always. I join in with the other commenters and say THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! Your inspiration is awesome! God bless you with strength and joy in all areas of your life.

  21. SUPER tip on the ribbon banner! I love that! Wonderful card! Thank you for your amazing hops and inspiration for all of us! I appreciate your work on OWH!

  22. Sandy, neat idea for the ribbon… I WILL CASE. Thank you for all your work each and everyday!!

  23. Love the way you did the background. I might just have to CASE it.

  24. This is fabulous! I really like your kite background and that’s some mighty fine paper piercing. I don’t have the patience for it. 🙂

  25. Love the OWH Hero Arts stamps! Great card.

  26. I adore that stamps set – and the card – it’s awesome!

  27. Hi Sandy!!
    I love your use of ribbon here, very clever idea!!! CUte kite background….Your card is fantastic as always!!! Thanks for everything you do for our troops, you ROCK!!! 😉

  28. Sandy, you never cease to amaze me with your talents and seemingly unending energy. Thank you for all your do and thanks for giving me a reason to keep up my mass production of cards. Your organization has a very special place in my life.

  29. Thanks for all you do. Love this card – though I saw this sketch and thought… where will she get a ribbon on there!! LOL

  30. such a bright crisp card, love your coloring!

  31. Great card! I love the sentiment 🙂

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