Thursday, April 30, 2015

Artist Trading Card and Help for Nepal

So, I think I've mentioned before that I belong to a group who do a monthly mail in swap of Artist Trading Cards, the little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards that are based on the calling cards of artists back in the early 1900s. This month, our theme was "Fruity", and, at first, I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do. I didn't think SU had any current fruit stamps, but then I saw Giggle Greetings and realized that it had a whole bowl of cherries image... and a great sentiment to go with it!

  • I stamped the bowl of cherries with Memento Tuxedo Black and used my Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight Blendies to colour in the image. I know I shouldn't be using them on my blog when you can't order them any more, but it's so hard to go back to the regular markers once you've used the Blendabilities. . . Sigh!
  • I added some highlights on the cherries and on the bowl with my White Gel Pen. Then I got out the Crystal Effects and added some blobs onto the cherries in the bowl. This takes a couple of hours to completely dry, so you can't be in a hurry if you use this much on a project.
  • In the meantime, I cut some 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch pieces of All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and carefully ripped them as shown above. Then I added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the little flower buds on the paper.
  • After covering the ATC with Basic Black cardstock and adding the ripped piece of All Abloom cardstock to the top left side, I punched out the sentiments with the Modern Label Punch (*retiring) and added them to the base.
  • I hand cut the cherry bowl and its shadow and mounted it with Stampin' Dimensionals and my ATC was finished. I can't wait to see what I get in return.

Sometimes life is just a bowl of cherries and sometimes it's just the pits! I'm sure that the people in Nepal would agree with that after the devastating earthquake that hit just last Saturday. Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but also one of the poorest countries in the world.

The 8.1 magnitude quake hit a wide area with massive destruction and authorities believe there will be over 10,000 fatalities. Thousands are homeless, and with the monsoon season coming in a few weeks, disease and lack of shelter could raise the toll drastically.

I've been wondering what we as a papercrafting community could do to help the efforts in terms of fundraising for aid to be sent. I'm sure many have already donated individually, as we have, to the cause.

What if we were to each hold an auction on our blogs? We could auction projects and then donate the proceeds to the Red Cross for use in Nepal, maybe using the hashtag #StampingforNepal. Tell me what you think of this idea or if you have a better one. I will post this in some other places as well. I would just feel better being able to contribute using my skills as a crafter to help in a meaningful way. Leave a comment if you agree.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card today!

Product List

* Retiring June 2, 2015
**Discontinued, not available for order

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