Saturday, January 19, 2013

Supporting our Soldiers

I joined Soldier's Angels a while ago, because I believe that supporting the men and women who sacrifice for us every day is a wonderful cause and something we should all do. It really helps boost the morale of our troops when they are reminded that those of us back home are thinking of them, thankful for all that they do, and will always wish for their continued safety.

I am on my third "adopted" soldier. That's nothing compared to my soldier's "third": Paul is on his third deployment in the last six years. I've been sending him care packages but he only recently revealed that his birthday was back in December. I decided to make him a card and send him an extra-big care package this month. I've been wanting to try a tutorial by Sandy Allnock of Operation Write Home (another awesome cause to help support our troops). She has a great video on her blog showing how to color camo. You can check it out here. It was a lot easier than I expected, although I definitely need practice.

The image is "soldier Ian" by the Greeting Farm. Isn't he precious? He's colored with copics. For exact colors, watch Sandy's video. My memory for that stuff sucks! I did deviate from her tutorial on the skin colors, though. His skin is not as well shaded as I'd like, because my skin tone E's are getting dry and I don't have refills for two of them. Time to place another order with Oozak! The buttons are ones that I was gifted at a recent crop. Papers are the Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.

Thanks for looking, leaving any comments, and hopefully, for taking a minute to do something for our amazing military. Links in my sidebar to both Soldier's Angels and Operation Write Home (hint, hint, shove, shove).

Shoot. I almost forgot. The card is based on this week's sketch at Mojo Monday. It's sketch 276. It is also for the Farm Fresh Friday challenge to Punch It! I used two spellbinders dies around the image, then a corner punch for the little photo corners.

5 comments:

Sara I. said...

Fantastic take on the sketch and awesome papers!! Super fab job on cammo coloring !! Love the courage embellie, too!! I'm sure he will love it :)
Hugs

Sandy Allnock said...

Aww you did a great job on it!! Thanks for using my tutorial! :)

Guylou Beland said...

Love it!! You are such a wonderful person!! I am sure this soldier will love all the care that comes with the card! Two thumbs up!
Cheers!
G

Annie Rose said...

This is so sweet, I love it! Thank you for playing with us in the TGF challenge :)

Luvs,
Annie Rose

Rachel Parys said...

This is really awesome!! Very patriotic! Thanks for joining the TGF challenge!