Hey everyone. What a couple of weeks (months, really) the world has had, no? It’s hard not to become world weary and beleaguered by the continual barrage of bad–but that is a luxury no one can afford at this point. We must remain vigilant and optimistic and do what good we can in our small corners of the world, which includes creative acts and sharing that beauty, though it does feel futile and insignificant at times.
While things are mixed up all over, right now I am counting myself lucky to have the luxury to make art, and I am sharing it this week over at the Mix It Up Challenge where Neat and Tangled is joining forces with Essentials By Ellen!
While I had the world on my mind for this piece, I also thought it would be perfect for teenagers who often feel like it’s the end of the world on a moment to moment basis (remember those days?). Time to up the happy!
To make my upside-down world, I cut out Neat & Tangled’s Hexstar die to make a stencil and used Heidi Swap’s Color Shine spray to pattern the world die (also by Neat & Tangled). As you may have seen in another card of mine over at THD, I embossed the world die cut with WRMK’s Next Level embossing folder, which offers great texture and ability to manipulate.
I used Paper Smooches Border die to create my fissure, which is propped up on either side with foam squares. The base paper is a lovely ombre world image from Amy Tangerine on which I stamped the sentiment from Julie Ebersole’s Up the Happy Set. It’s a bit difficult to see in my photos, but the shadows of the continents on the paper float below the die and are perceptible in real-life.
If you are familiar with my work, you know I love layers and dimension, so I often alter die cuts and create architectural, 3-D pieces. Below is a close up of the fractured world.
Here’s the inside with some ombre washi running lengthwise.
And the back.
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I made this card below as well, uniting Neat and Tangled and Ellen Hutson goods! It is a case of one of my own cards, which you can see here or here. All white base paper is also from Ellen– my favorite 100# linen stock. You can see the full N&T Hexstar die cut below and world die again (this time right side up!). I stamped Julie Ebersole’s Brushstroke Christmas “peace” on vellum, heat embossed and fussy cut; the “to the world” sentiment is from the same set, heat embossed on MFT washi tape die cut.
Well, I sure don’t know if everything is gonna be okay, but if I don’t get to bed soon, I can guarantee it will not be in my corner of the world.
Wishing you peace and beauty. Thanks for spending some time with me today!