Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Remembrance Day

Hope you all had a wonderful spooky Halloween!!  It was very quiet here - not too many children, but lots of big ones with big pillowcases.  I didn't even answer the door for them.  Some of the costumes were really cute.  One girl had on what looked like remnants of everything.  She apparently was dressed up as "left overs"  What a good one.
I really like the costumes the children made themselves v.s. the store bought ones.

The next holiday in Ontario occurs on November 11 - Remembrance Day.  I believe in the US  this day is referred to as Veterans Day. Correct me if I'm wrong. Another Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan, another one to remember.
Since the Poppy campaign begins today, I thought it suitable to design a card around that special flower, so, for this week's class I designed a Remembrance Day card,  with the focal point  a large red/orange poppy.  It's a very simple card (I usesd no stamps or inks) but effective and is very reflective of  this special memorial day.
The sentiment "Remembrance Day"  is computer generated.
After doing an internet search I found a poignant verse for the inside, a copy of which was made for each of the students. I'll include this verse at the end of this post.

Paper: Basic black, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Old Olive
Accessories: Flower Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, 1/2" circle punch, Dazzling details, dimensionals, 1 1/4" circle punch, pearls

To Make the Poppy:

  1. Using the Flower Builder punch, punch 8 large flower petals in Poppy Parade
  2. Punch one each of the smaller flowers of the Boho Flower punch in Basic Black
  3. Lay these punchies on a water proof surface and spritz both sides lightly with water
  4. Scrunch each up into a tight ball, and gently uncurl leaving a lot of the wrinkles in.
  5. Let dry
  6. Punch 3 branches in Old Olive using the bird Builder punch.
  7. When dry, layer the petals on a 1 1/4" circle - 4 on the bottom, and 4 on the top.  I used a glue gun, but tombo glue works just as well - it just takes longer to dry.
  8. Attach the larger of the black flowers in the center, then apply a dimensional.  
  9. Curl the smaller flower over the top of the tombo glue top and place over the dimensional
  10. Attach the leaves to the bottom of the flower. 
  11. Apply dazzling details
Remembrance Day verse:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

-Ode to Remembrance, from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon 


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