Hope you are well and happy?
Mondays seem to roll round so fast, don’t they?!
I was going to hold this BRAND NEW AND BEAUTIFUL Maya Angelou Stamp until Wednesday’s blog (because it is something new, and as we know, Wednesday’s Blog is always something new…)
But I really am rubbish at keeping surprises! When I know there’s something special coming up, I have a hard time keeping it under my hat! What about you? Can you keep surprises?
Having said that, I remember the best surprise I was ever able to keep secret was a few years ago, when I had booked my Mum and Dad into a fabulous Manor House near Leonardslee Gardens for a couple of nights, and the family were all going to meet there for a celebration meal. But when my parents got to our house, where they thought they were staying, I presented my Dad with a Sat Nav as a gift. And the Sat Nav was programmed to take them to the Manor House. I just told him to follow the directions. And when they got there, we had all shot up there ahead of them, and were waiting for them. That was cool.
But back to this beautiful stamp, which Jim kindly designed for me last week, when Maya Angelou died.
It is so lovely.
See what you think…
It is so refreshing.
The writing is almost childlike innocent, and
the sentiment is perfect.
So let’s make a card!
First we need to set a background:
4 bright, uplifting Distress inkpads:
Deposit ink on the Clarity Blending Mat, like this:
Spritz (pack of 5 spritzer bottles now available) the Blending mat with water lightly, then lay a document holder down on the ink/water mix.
Swish and mix the colours up .
Lift off the plastic document holder,
and lay a piece of A5 Claritycard (the shiney card) onto the ink.
Repeat the process, add more ink if you like, and more water,
and make several pieces.
Then pick one, ready for stamping.
Stamp Maya’s beautiful words over the colourful rainbow background in Black Archival ink.
The Letters lend themselves to colouring in, which is perfect with Distress Markers.
Remember, if we use Archival Inkpads, we colour in with distress Markers, not Promarkers or other alcohol based pens. (They will cause the lineart to smear, and we don’t want smeared lineart, do we Madame?!)
And all the colours of the rainbow….
Here’s a piece of the white square Gelli Card
I used to mop up the dregs on the mat.
Perfect for a background layer…
Run a black Sharpie pen around the edge first,
then layer it up on the scrap piece.
Well Maya’s death made me very, very sad.
But I have to say, this message from her makes me smile.
I have a simple philosophy which I live by:
I make sure to do something nice for someone every single day.
A random, indiscriminate act of kindness if you like.
But nobody must find out what I’ve done;
if they do, it doesn’t count.
So you see, I CAN keep secrets!
much love to you,