Monday, September 26, 2011
Spread Your Wings
For the butterfly, I practiced using distress inks as a painting media. I had not realized that distress inks reacted so well with water. I embossed the butterfly in black to hold the color in place. Then, I stamped distress ink onto a craft sheet and misted each color with a little water. The water reacted on the ink like water color paint so I was able to use a paint brush and fill in the wings. It made a much more realistic look then when I use markers or even aqua pencils. To give the butterfly depth, I inked only the antennae and body of the stamp in black and stamped it near the red flower where I thought it would look best. I then cut out the embossed and painted piece, bent up the wings, and glued on the body portion to the stamped image of the same area I had already made on the card. This gave the butterfly the illusion of fluttering on the flower. A neat way to add animation to a static image. Finally, I stamped the verse especially for my daughter who is just loving her first months in college.
As I looked back on the days immersed in videos and card making, I realized that it was wonderful to spread my wings and try something new and creative. As survivor, I thank God every day for the gift of life and I do not want to waste any of the extra precious moments given me. But, in my rush to make every moment count, sometimes I forget that filling up every minute is not the same as fulfilling every minute. Learning something fun and new was a happy reminder. So, I encourage all of you to spread your wings and SOAR. Blessings and thanksgiving, Jeannette