Celebrating Black Crafters - Kandice Johnson
Hi friends! Today we are sharing another installment of our monthly series, Celebrating Black Crafters, where we share artwork from Black artists who we'd love for you to get to know. Today our fantastic guest artist is Kandice Johnson!
Crafty Greetings All! My name is Kandice Johnson, aka #dewyworks. I am a program analyst by day, and a crafter by night, and really, anytime there is time! Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, as a child, I always had a love for papercraft and stationery. Now as an adult, I am following my passion of creating and sharing what I love. I know I don’t always tell someone that I’m thinking about them, phone to say happy birthday, or get well soon; but now through my paper crafts, I can do just that! It’s my personal way of sharing my love and thoughts for the people in my life. In addition to sending cards to my family and friends, since 2018, I am also the proud owner of a small home-based crafting business, DewDrop Works, where I sell my crafty creations and do custom orders. My style is eclectic, from clean and simple to mixed media, I like a little bit of everything! I truly believe that everyone should create to inspire others, in whatever medium or outlet that may be. And hopefully that’ll inspire others to create - sharing positivity, laughter, and the beauty that surrounds us! I’m so grateful and appreciative for this opportunity Hero Arts, Dana Joy and Pocono Pam have given me to share with you…to share the joy of crafting and to inspire others. I welcome you to join this journey with me on Instagram: @dewdrop.works or Facebook: @DewyWorks …See ya there!
Be your true self. This card incorporates the American Women woodblock stamp with a sentiment from the Empowerment clear stamp set. Have you ever heard the comparison of a woman’s hair to a crown? Hair, a headdress, or a “crown” can evoke different emotions, viewpoints and beliefs for both women and men. We often find the most diversity, when we see the “crown” before us. Whatever your style, color or texture may be, there’s beauty in all of us, there’s beauty in our crowns!
To create the background, I used a strip making die, to die-cut various colors, textures and widths of cardstock. On a separate piece of card stock, I stamped the American Women image with black ink, colored it, sprayed it with gold metallic pigment ink and fussy cut the image out. I first glued the American Women stamped image halfway down to a card panel, then I glued the various strips of card stock to the panel. After the strips were all glued down, I glued down the remainder of the American Women stamped image. Lastly, I adhered the card panel to a card base.
Delicate but strong. My second card uses the Color Layering Flower Power clear stamp set in conjunction with a sentiment from the Empowerment clear stamp set. My favorite color combination is a pop of color with black and white. I love the boldness of this color combo and for this card, I wanted to celebrate the boldness of this delicate flower. The most vibrant energetic colors I can think of to use with my bold card, is Neon! I used the Hero Arts neon dye inks to stamp out the background on a small card panel.
On a separate piece of cardstock, I stamped the Color Layering Flower Power image, embossed it using the clear embossing powder and fussy cut the image out. Next, I stamped the flowers from the Decorate A Cake clear stamp set, used the neon inks to color the images and again, fussy cut them out. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment directly onto the small card panel. I wanted to continue my black and white theme, so I cut an A2 sized black glossy card panel and adhered it to my white card base. I cut out white strips of card stock and glued them in a striped pattern to the black card panel. Lastly, I adhered the neon images to the smaller card panel and glued the smaller card panel to the now black and white card base. To add some glossy details, I used a glossy accent drop for the centers of the flowers and the lips of the American Women image.
I am. My final card is a statement. The card incorporates the sentiments from the Color Layering Flower Power clear stamp set. Often, we can be bombarded with various messages about ourselves. Sometimes they are positive and more times than not, they can be negative. I wanted to create a card that is a constant reminder of who I am and who others are, to reiterate the positive messages. We are indeed strong, gorgeous, smart, kind, beautiful, creative, and yes, worthy!
I stamped, then embossed the sentiments in gold and silver embossing powder, and fussy cut them out. In addition, I die-cut letters to spell I AM in black card stock. Next, I sprayed the card base with silver and gold metallic pigment ink and then placed washi tape down in a random geometric pattern. I then cut a strip of black cardstock, a strip of vellum and glued it down to the card base. Lastly, I glued down the sentiments, letters and adhered a small embellishment for the period.
Simply stunning, Kandice! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and talent with us!
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