The theme for MMM # 142 is Emergency Services. I don’t have anything specifically for first responders, so I got on Pinterest. I knew I wanted to create an eclipse card, and originally thought I’d use “1st”. Realistically I knew that wouldn’t work, and that’s as far as I got. So, I searched for “Stampin’ Up! first responder cards” and the first one on my results had been posted by JCapCards. Her trio of cards inspired me!

Here’s my card:

I used one of the sentiments from the Happy Thoughts cling stamp set. This sentiment seemed appropriate for the card.


  • The card base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent card.
  • I used two patterns from the In Good Taste DSP for the front of the card and envelope flap. The bottom mat of the Early Espresso wood grain DSP measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches. While I had it out, I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I trimmed the middle, Pool Party, layer to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Then I trimmed the top In Good Taste DSP to 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Since I already had my trimmer out, I trimmed some white cardstock for the inside panel to 5-1/4 by 4 inches.
  • I used Early Espresso to stamp the sentiment on the front trying to get it as even as possible. Then, I stamped “Thank You” from the same stamp set on the white inside panel. My stamping for this card was done.
  • I used Early Espresso to stamp the sentiment on the front trying to get it as even as possible. Then, I stamped “Thank You” from the same stamp set on the white inside panel. My stamping for this card was done.


  • I’ve learned some tricks along the way for creating eclipse cards, mainly because I’ve made quite a few of them. For example, I’ve found that it is much easier to align everything on the magnetic base and a cutting plate from the Big Shot. I also use a magnetic ruler so i know I have a straight line right from the start.
  • Washi tape helps tremendously to hold the letter dies in place while trying to get the correct spacing for the word.
  • I cropped the word “HERO” using the retired large letter dies, but any alphabet set of dies would work. The next step is to adhere the front DSP, less the letters, onto the Pool Party mat.
  • In the past, I’ve then spent a very long time trimming down dimensionals for the backs of each letter. Not any more! The Stampin’ Up adhesive sheets are fabulous for this technique! After I crop each letter, I use the dies to separately crop out each letter from the adhesive sheets. Next, carefully, very carefully, place the die cut DSP onto the die cut letter. Slow and steady is the key to getting this all lined up.
  • Then I adhered the letters onto the front of the card, and moved on to the inside of the “O” and “R”. I used the multipurpose liquid glue and my opposable tweezers to adhere the insides down. Again, slow and steady works here.
  • Since I’d finished the front, it was time to adhere my inner panel to the card. Finally, I adhered the DSP to the envelope flap and trimmed it down.
  • With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop:

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  12. Genevieve Ko at Stampin4Fun
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  16. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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