Tragically last year int he U.S. there were 372 mass shootings (single incidents where 4 or more people are killed or injured) killing 475 and wounding 1,870. The latest shooting in Orlando, FL reminded us again of the violence that can come from intolerance and hatred. In memory of the many innocents who lost their lives, I created this peace card.
I first used Ken Oliver Color bursts in Indigo, Merlot, Terre Verde and Yellow Ochre on water color paper to create a kind of rainbow tie dye effect to represent the LGBT community’s philosophy of diversity and inclusion. I then die cut the word “PEACE” using the Lawn Fawn “Cole’s ABCs” die set. Using a fuse tool I sealed up part of a project life pocket page that I filled with gold sequins and seed beads to make a shaker element that I glued onto the back of the PEACE opening with Beacon Zip Dry glue (which is great for nonporous surfaces like plastic sleeves).
To represent the innocents I colored up three of the angels from the Mama Elephant “Love from Above” stamp set with the following Copic colors: Skin: E000, E00, R30; Blonde: E53, E55, Y21; Brown Hair: E53, E55, E57; Strawberry blonde: E53, E55, YR12; Heart: R81, 83, 85; Angel clothes and wings: C0, C2 with 2 coats of clear Wink of Stella on the wings for lots of shimmer. I fussy cut them out and inked the edges with black ink to eliminate the distraction of the white edge of the cut paper.
To help the gold sequins show up, I backed the opening with a scrap of shimmery white Shimmerz paper from DCWV. Then to help the gold sequins pop and still be cohesive on the card, I backed the watercolored card front onto chunky gold glitter card stock from Recollections. Lastly to add a little extra dimension and interest to the angel wings, I popped them up with a bits of Glue Dots. The inside of the card is simply lined with another scrap of pale pink Shimmerz paper and stamped with a sentiment from The Greeting Farm “Magical Friends” stamp set that reads, “Hope Today is All Rainbows.”
The following is a process video showing how I created this card start to finish:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Add Some Shimmer Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Sparkle and Shine Challenge
Virginia’s View Make It Colorful Challenge
MFT Camp Create – Spectacular Shakers (there is also water coloring, die cutting and glitter on this card, but I only entered it into this day’s challenge because I didn’t know what the rules were on multiple submissions. I was so proud of myself for incorporating 4 of the 5 camp lessons. Thanks so much for the motivation and inspiration!!!)