I am so very thankful for all those people who are keeping the country running while we are in lockdown. To the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals on the front line – thank you. To the postal workers, delivery drivers, food suppliers and supermarkets – thank you. To the infrastructure workers keeping the power on, water services running and telecommunications, internet etc working – thank you. For all these people and so many more I’ve not mentioned, I am staying home. Staying home so that we flatten the curve. Staying home to hopefully save lives. Many people doing their bit and staying home, have turned to our hobbies to relieve the stress and to keep busy. Today, there’s a fun blog party celebrating crafting together in these unprecedented times. As we gather with our friends and family to craft together or remotely via video calls we are united by our love of crafting. I have added the details of the party below, but all of the participants are using previously released product – giving some love to supplies we already have. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
The gorgeous Be My Valentine set was released earlier this year in a special edition kit which has since sold out. I ordered the kit stamp set which is available separately and in stock now, not so much for the Valentine’s theme but for those gorgeous roses! I knew I’d have so much fun watercolouring those! I stamped the flowers and leaf sprigs in Antique Linen ink on Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolour card, wiping off some of the ink with an old cloth before I did so to get the faintest of impressions to watercolour. I painted with Daniel Smith paints in a very simple style – add deep, rich colour to the nooks and crannies and then blend out with water to give differing tones and highlights over the rest of the area. I repeated this process for each petal and leaf. Then when dry, went back in with a couple of extra layer to deepen up the shadows more.
I fussy cut around all the elements and foam mounted them to a left-over piece of watercolour card, arranging them in a diagonal. I then mounted this panel to a card base cut and scored from Neenah Desert Storm card.
For the sentiment, I stamped the Just Because Word Mix 2 set in clear embossing ink on Vellum and heat embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder before die cutting with the matching Word Mix 2 dies. I added this piece to the card with tiny bits of foam adhesive hiding behind the lettering. As a final touch I added Fairy Wings Dream Drops and Sequins from Simon Says Stamp.
As mentioned above, this is a fun blog party celebrating crafting together in these unprecedented times. As we gather with our friends and family to craft together or remotely via video calls we are united by our love of crafting. You’ll want to pop over to the Simon Says Stamp blog to see all the participants. I think there are over 100 at the last count!!!
I have teenagers who aren’t into being shown on their Mum’s social media LOL but my heart glowed the other day when my daughter was sat one side of me exploring acrylic paints and my youngest son the other colouring with pencils! My youngest even got my Copics out for a coursework assignment. Crafting has bought us together over a shared interest during these difficult times and it certainly helps that I have all the supplies!
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D