Hello, fellow crafters! Today I am supporting Justine Hovey and her blog hop (justinehovey.com) and Instagram hop (@justinehovey) aimed at ending racism by promoting awareness within the crafting community.
My project is geared toward kids. I have a lot of neighbors with young children and they are looking for ways to reinforce the message of race equality and love for all. I wanted my project to be happy and bright, as well as have faces that I could color in different “shades”, so I picked my Fairy Happy stamps and dies from Avery Elle.
In order to fit all the elements I wanted to use, I made the card 5″x7″. I used a heart diecut with the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Hearts Dies to represent love. I cut it into puzzle pieces with my Silhouette Cameo to symbolize that we need all of us to create the whole. I inked the pieces with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool. After I stamped the fairies with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and diecut them, I colored them with Copic Markers (colors below) and attached them to the puzzle pieces with Foam Squares. I colored the slippers with Gold Wink of Stella added a little Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter to the wings.
It’s ironic that this is the first time I have colored dark faces, despite the fact that, while I am not black, I am definitely not white either. You would have thought that I would tend to color faces similar to my own.
To add a little interest to the background, I used Nuvo Embellishment Paste in Indian Gold with Altenew’s Milky Way Stencil with a Nuvo Media Spatula. The stencil isn’t wide enough to cover the entire card (since it is 5″x7″) so I stenciled the wider section on the left side, far enough to where it would be covered by the heart, and then stenciled the narrower side on the right side of the card, also making sure the heart would cover where I stopped.
For the sentiment, I inked some white cardstock with the three colors of Distress Ink I used on the heart and added some gold glitter washi tape to the top. If you don’t have washi tape like this, you can cut a second set of letters out of glitter paper, cut them in half, and glue them to the cardstock letters. I die cut the letters using the Skinny Upper Alphabet dies from The Stamp Market (my favorite alpha dies ever!), making sure to catch part of the gold and part of the inked cardstock. I had to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the “together” out of black cardstock because, surprisingly, I didn’t have a stamp or die that was the right size. You could use a sentiment strip instead. I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to glue everything down.
I hope you like my contribution and that you will check out Justine’s blog hop by visiting her website at justinehovey.com. Enjoy!
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