Celebrating Black Crafters - Karen Boyce

by Hero Arts June 15, 2021 4 Comments

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 Karen Boyce!

Hi! I'm Karen and I am the person behind Cards Stamps and Ink! I am a cardmaker located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. By day I am in Information Technology and am responsible for System Development. I turned to card making as a stress-free getaway and I love trying new products and colouring to my heart's content! 

Today I am honoured and excited to be the Hero Arts Unity Collection Guest Designer for June! Thank you Hero Arts, Dana Joy, and Pam for this amazing opportunity!

I had so much fun playing with the Unity collection that I made 3 cards! For my first card I used the American Women woodblock stamp. I put this card together because once I saw this stamp I immediately thought how fabulous this image would be as a postage stamp. The women poised with their heads held high is something that spoke to me. I stamped the image and coloured it using my Copic markers and then cut it out. Next I pulled out an A2 card base and then cut an A2 panel from some grey cardstock and adhered it to my card base. I then took some white cardstock and cut it with one of the dies from the Hero Arts Postage Infinity Die Set. I then stamped the sentiment from the United as One stamp set with black ink. I popped up the coloured image using some foam tape and added a few gems. I hope that you enjoyed my creation.

For this card I used the Kids United stamp set and I stamped it out and coloured it using my Copic markers and then used the dies to cut it out. Next I took an A2 panel and some of my markers and created stripes of skin tones on it. I sprayed some shimmer on it and set it aside. I then took another A2 panel and used the Hero Arts Heart Confetti Fancy Die and cut it out. I adhered the the die cut panel over my striped one and attached it to an A2 card base. Next I popped up the coloured image of the girls with foam tape and adhered it to the card base. Then I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set with black ink. I popped it up with some foam tape and voila! I made this card with the thought that it is children that will lead the future. They will see and embrace all of us as we are… human.

This shaker card was made using the Hands of Hope Fancy Die. This idea for this card came together as I was making the card using the Kids United stamp set. I was thinking that the die cut hearts shouldn’t go to waste and would be perfect if I used them in a shaker card. The elegant Hands of Hope Fancy Die is the perfect choice to include and showcase all hearts together as one. I cut it out with white cardstock and coloured the hands with my Copic markers. Then I cut a few more with more white cardstock and two out of acetate. I adhered one white heart, one acetate heart and then five white hearts together. I took the other acetate heart and stamped the sentiment from the Kids United stamp set and adhered the coloured heart to it. I gathered the hearts that I had cut out with the Hero Arts Heart Confetti Fancy Die from my other card and used my Copic markers to colour them. I sprayed some shimmer on them and then used them for the shaker bits in the Hands of Hope Fancy Die heart. I also adhered a few of the coloured hearts onto the front of an A2 card base and adhered the shaker piece to it.  Thank you for looking at my projects.

Gorgeous projects, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and inspiration with us!

Please be sure to visit Karen on social media and give her a follow! She's @cardsstampsandink on Instagram, and is also on Facebook and YouTube. And you can also follow her blog, Cards Stamps and Ink

Thanks for stopping by today!

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4 Responses

Henriëtte Mulder
Henriëtte Mulder

June 19, 2021

Gorgeous cards Karen.
Glad to met you and your beautiful work.
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

Barbara-Jean Kubik
Barbara-Jean Kubik

June 16, 2021

Beautiful cards! Love what you did with the women stamp.

Teri S.
Teri S.

June 15, 2021

I really like each of your cards Karen! Your colouring & shading with Copics is wonderful. I struggle shading, well even using, alcohol markers. lol Cheers from the west coast of BC.

Margaret Roberts
Margaret Roberts

June 15, 2021

Lovely cards! The American Women one is a standout, and I love the technique of putting the die cut paper on top of the striped card stock. Thanks for the inspiration!