Memorial Day is right around the corner and many of you will be remembering loved ones on this day. One way we can honor those whom we have lost is through supporting those who are currently serving. In my video tutorial, I share a few ways you can alter these cards to send to active military personnel, but many of you might know someone who is serving locally or someone who has recently served who would also enjoy these cards. I hope that you are inspired by these creations and show your support to those who are currently serving.
These four cards are being debuted for Memorial Day because I wanted to honor those who have been lost, but you could also recreate these for the Fourth of July or Veterans Day.
Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Due to so many lives being lost during the Civil War, more lives than any war in U.S. history, there was a need to create our first national cemeteries. Decoration Day was a springtime tradition spent decorating fallen soldiers’ graves, reciting biblical scripture, and singing hymns.
All four of these cards were created using our Sunburst Background thin cut die and the Because of the Brave stamp set. The minute I saw that stamp set and the Stars & Sparklers papers, I knew that I wanted to create some cards I could send to our local base.
I created each card a little differently from the rest and made a few feminine cards for some amazing women who are currently serving. The card with the female officer was a very simple one to make.
After creating the background, I layered two circle shapes behind the stamped image, then completed the card with a floral sticker, gold thread, and a simple sentiment.
The floral card was inspired by so many cards I have seen with sunburst backgrounds. I just fell in love with that floral paper pattern in the Stars and Sparklers collection and wanted to compliment it with a simple red, white, and blue element.
Here is another little Memorial Day tid-bit for you. Did you know that one of the earliest commemorations was organized by newly freed African Americans? Over 250 of their fellow freed soldiers died in a prisoner camp in South Carolina and the bodies were hastily burred in a mass grave. In May, after the war ended, a new, proper burial site was created decorated with flowers and showered in hymns. This was considered one on of the first Memorial Day ceremonies of remembrance.
I am a bit partial to the red, white, and blue and these last two cards just scream Fourth of July and Memorial Day, don’t they? A friend of mine told me that one of the cards reminded her of a firecracker.
To create the multi-colored “Brave” sentiment with the Because of the Brave stamp set, I used a technique where I create a simple mask with a sticky note. It is very easy to do and creates amazing results.
In my video tutorial, I walk you through the process to create each of these cards. I share tips for designing a Sunburst background, show you how to create a masked stamped image, and share a few fun cardmaking tricks. I hope that this project inspires you to create a few red, white, and blue cards of your own.
For those who are remembering lost ones they love this Memorial Day, I send prayers of peace and gratefulness. For those who are currently serving, I want to send you blessings and thanks. May you remember those who have been lost, support those who currently serve, and honor those who have given so much for our country.
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** more information about Memorial Day can be found at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history