Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Social Stamping Blog Hop for ANZAC Day. Our theme this week is "War & Peace".
This morning as I stood in my driveway for the Dawn Service to remember those who fought to keep Australia and New Zealand free, I was so thankful to be an Australian and live in a country that provides so many blessings. This is no more true than in the current times as we battle against COVID-19. Yes, we have not been immune to the impact of this deadly virus and there a many struggles and difficulties, but we are in such a better place than other countries.
My Grandfathers and Father fought in the First & Second World Wars and while they returned home, they were never the same. So ANZAC Day is an important day for me. When contemplating this week's theme, I wanted to design something around one of the symbols, Poppies and they needed to be red poppies in recognition of the blood that was shed. I had a number of ideas but decided on using another symbol, that of a wreath.
The card base was cut from Old Olive cardstock, scored in the middle and folded in half to form a 5.5inch square card. A slightly smaller piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper was adhered in place to form a background for the card design.
The poppies were die cut out of Poppy Parade and Cherry Cobbler card-stock and then they were further coloured with sponge daubers to add depth. The flower centre and the leaves also were tinted with Whisper White and Garden Green inks. I love adding touches of ink to add some life to the die cut pieces. Before the poppies and leaves were positioned on the card front, a wreath of leaves was stamped directly onto the the card which then was dry embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder to give it a very subtle texture.
The decorated card front was popped up on dimensionals and adhered to the card base. A Wink of Stella pen was used to sprinkle a tinge of glitter over the card (you can't see this in the photo). A triple bow of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding was added to finish off the wreath.
To link the centre of the card with the card front a couple os strips of the DSP were added along with a die cut and coloured sprig of leaves. An envelope was custom made out of the same Designer Series Paper.
There are so many talented people participating in the "War & Peace" Social Stamping Blog Hop. I do hope you are gaining ideas and inspiration as you go from blog to blog. The next person is the lovely and talented Denita Wright-Smee. Click on the "Next" graphic to see her creation.
To go to the full list of participants click here and you will find links that will take you to everyones' blogs.
Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope you are staying sane. I look forward to blog hopping with you again next week.