Red, White, and...Thank You to Veterans

I know there are many card makers that create cards for our beloved veterans. For this 5 inch x 7 inch card, I am using our International Thank You Rubber Stamp to say "thanks" in a red, white and blue way! Create this Veterans Day card using our stamp that expresses gratitude in several languages. Also, some of our veterans come from many nationalities and this stamp works wonderfully for this card.

Stamp the International Thank You Rubber Stamp onto a light colored card stock. This stamp measures approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. I used a marble card stock in this example.

Stamp with it again onto a blue card stock and cut the words into pieces. Glue each of them vertically as banners on top of the matted card stock.

The red mat is slightly larger than the marble card stock piece to allow for the blue word banners to have some place to show underneath the center piece.

Our United We Stand Rubber Stamp is an awesome patriotic design featuring an eagle, flags, banner, and laurel.

Although, you can leave it as is, the United We Stand rubber stamp is very beautiful when colored in, too. The existing shadowing that is part of the detail of this stamp make coloring quick and the results are outstanding. Adding some distress ink to the edges gives it a vintage Americana look.

The beautiful American flag paper background is by the Paper Studio (found at Hobby Lobby, Amazon and Ebay). If making a 5x7 card, theres plenty of room to add ribbon or rhinestones. This card is an easy to assemble, patriotic card that says thank you in a red, white & blue way! We have other patriotic stamps for making Veterans Day cards, click here to view them.

Decipher Tool and Free Template

Encoding messages has been around since the time of Caesar. When researching how to make a decipher tool, I realized how much it is relevant today with encryption of our data transmissions on computers and phones. The inspiration for creating this fun tool, was from the Netflix movie, Enola Holmes.  It's set back in victorian times and Enola is the sister of Sherlock Holmes. The decipher tool that she uses to communicate with her mother is so cutely decorated, so I had to make one & share it with you! 

Here is the link to download the template that you can print, cut it out and decorate:

This is a fun game to include in your correspondence with friends or use it to hide your passwords for websites. Either way, it is a great process to challenge your mind and bring some vintage flair to written letters.

The decipher tool fits nicely onto a 3 inch x 4 inch pocket card. Pocket cards can be made from any paper. I like to use a corner rounder on mine because I think it makes it makes them look nicer. "Now, where to begin....(lol)

Print onto office paper or card stock (above), your choice. I tried both and the office paper looks fine (below).

Stamps used on the above decipher tool printed on office paper....Butterflies Pair Rubber StampsDaisy Bouquet Rubber StampFresh Picked Flowers Rubber StampEmo Girl Rubber Stamp and Create a Cameo Rubber Stamp Set

Instructions are included on the template. You only have to cut out the 3 circles, 1, 2, and 3.

Before you assemble the 3 circles, be sure to stamp a nice design onto the white circle. This is the top one that you will see the most. 

I chose to use our Dogwood Flowers Rubber Stamp with VersaFine Sepia color. I also added Distress Ink Walnut Stain along the edges to give it a vintage feel. I then used Copics to color in the Dogwood Flowers.

Once you're done decorating the center circle, layer the 3 circles on top of each other. There are guidelines to help line them up so they are even and allow for reading of the letters and numbers. Use a nail or the tips of your scissors to punch a hole into the center for the brad.

Above, the brads with the metal you open once through paper work best. Optionally, you could use an eyelet.

You can glue or use any adhesive dots to attach the decipher tool onto the 3" x 4" card. Place the circle on the lower half or in the middle of the pocket card. I decorated my pocket card with several stamps including Victorian Ladies Rubber Stamp SetFlourish with Leaves Rubber Stamp and 

Lace Flower Corner Rubber Stamp using Distress Oxide Ink in Abandoned Coral.

To practice, I created a coded message for you to decipher. I will reveal the answer in a few days, so check back after you have deciphered the message. Hint, it's a quote from the movie, but if you haven't seen it, you can still read it as it is a simple saying.

Using the key W2, like in the example on the template, decipher the message above. Have fun! and check back for the reveal later.

A2 Envelope Template

You already know how to make A2 sized cards out of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Well, here is a free, printable, A2 sized envelope template. Make envelopes out of your favorite papers! And you can create color coordinated cards and envelopes.
Link to the printable template, which includes the instructions.

Don't worry if your printer has margins, the parts that don't get printed are cut away anyway.

There's only a few cuts and folds to make and you'll see your envelope appear before your eyes!

Hint: use a ruler to fold the fold lines to get a perfect line.

Use a good strong glue for the bottom flap onto the side flaps.

Now the super fun part, stamp images onto your new envelope. Create a matching theme on the A2 card, too, the possibilities are endless! 

Above, our Springtime Sparrow Rubber Stamp fits nicely in an envelope corner.

The Dogwood Flowers Rubber Stamp are great to repeat stamp and create a background of flowers.

Make sure you leave room along the bottom of the front, top right (where postage stamps go) and for the return and to address areas.

Above, Rustic Birdhouse Rubber Stamp, nice for the front corner of the envelope.

Tip: You can also just use your printout template to trace around paper that you can't run through a printer.

Our friends at are inviting card makers to send in handmade cards with envelopes for their "Cards for Kindness" project in which they will distribute cards to hospitals, nursing homes, military, children's homes, and others. You can learn more about it here:

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