The pandemic just turned all of our lives upside down and I know many of you, like me, haven’t seen their best friend or their extended family for a long time. There is a sense of loneliness, like something is amiss…missing that sense of belonging. It hits me most when I am doing mundane things, like laundry — which is why this stamp set, in particular, resonated with me the most.
I chose to stamp the image with Walnut Stain distress ink on Arches cold press watercolor paper and once I had the base of the image watercolored in (by just lightly washing the ink inside the stamp outline with a size 2 brush), I used my colored pencils to introduce the shading. It took a little over an hour to get all the colors just right before I added some glittery enhancements with my gel pens.
As I colored the image, I thought of all the lost lunches, walks and coffee chats…all the impromptu outings and social get-togethers…all the sharing, the hugs, the laughter. My heart weighed heavy but the colors cheered me up.
I had originally thought of adding some fabric elements to the backdrop but the more I fussed around with it, the more I realized that keeping it simple would really highlight the tone of the sentiment and the image. So, I embossed a background, framed the card in neutrals and die cut the sentiment.
It’s a simple card with strong emotions — and I know it will resonate with many of you.
I hope you enjoy seeing the creations of all the other artists in this blog hop:
Mansi Bhatia — you are here!
Remember when you comment on our blog posts, you get entered into a drawing for a random 4×6″ set from this release generously hosted by Colorado Craft Company! There is one winner per designer. Deadline to enter: March 31 midnight, Mountain Time.