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CommUNITY Feature with Dana and Pam

Dec 20, 2023 Dana Joy

Hello everyone. Dana and Pam with you today. This is our last CommUNITY feature post for this year. What a fabulous year we have had! The CommUNITY feature is about embracing and honoring the creativity of individuals who are often underrepresented. By sharing art from a diverse group of creators, we hope to not only bring inspiration to this papercrafting community we all love so much, but also support and empower individuals to be their authentic selves as they create and share.

This feature is near and dear to our hearts. Being inspired by so many amazing creators and artists makes us happy. Making sure everyone is included and feels represented in this crafting community is our purpose. Our amazing guests keep us inspired to share what helps this community grow in diversity and acceptance.

My card today really speaks to the importance of making sure we accept each other without reservations. The differences we have is what makes us beautiful. Diversity and inclusion should be a part of our daily lives. The Live and Let Love stamp is one that we created with that in mind. 

Pairing the Live and Let Love stamp along with the United People Hot Foil Plate foiled on Woodland cardstock makes one striking card. By stamping the sentiment in Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink on Classic Vellum Layering Paper and heat embossing with Gold Embossing Powder, I achieve a beautiful sentiment on my vellum which I will place over the background to diffuse it a bit. 

For my next project, I wanted to share how you can stretch those stamps and do a little bit of embroidery with them. To begin I stamped the United People Bold Prints stamp onto a scrap piece of paper using Intens-ified Black ink. Using a light box, I traced the stamped image onto a piece of cotton fabric with a water soluble ink pen. Using multi-color embroidery thread, I stitched the design onto the fabric. 

Once the stitching was complete, I rinsed my fabric in water to remove the ink. After the fabric was dried completely, I placed it in my embroidery hoop to display. This is a piece that brings me joy every time I see it. 

Now let's see what Pam has for you this month! Take it away Pam.

Thanks Dana! I love your projects! In our vibrant world of crafting, diversity and inclusion cannot be overstated. It is through the melding of diverse voices that the crafting community becomes a source of inspiration, unity and limitless artistic possibilities.

For my first card, I wanted to show the rich colors of the Skin Tone Liquid Watercolor Set by applying them to the Succulent Bouquet stamp set. The watercolor set includes three hues: Cocoa, Coffee and Terracotta. To begin, I stamped the bouquet in Caramel ink onto a 3.5" x 5" Luxe White Watercolor Paper panel. I then placed several drops of each Skin Tone Watercolor onto my work surface; diluted them slightly with water and brushed the colors onto the image.

Once dry, I stamped and heat embossed another Unity Collection product- Positive Script Bold Prints - in gold onto the panel. I dripped a few drops of the Terracotta Skin Tone Watercolor onto the panel and matted it with Pitch Black cardstock.

To continue, I stamped a sentiment from the Succulent Bouquet set in Pitch Black ink onto white cardstock; trimmed and adhered it onto the panel. To complete the card, I adhered the panel to an A2 card base. 

For my second card, I used another CommUNITY product - Love is Love Bold Prints. To begin, I inked the stamp with Taffy, Grape Slush, Splash and Creamsicle Reactive inks. I lightly spritzed the stamp with water and gently pressed it onto white 4" x 5.25" panel Next, I adhered the panel to an A2 card base.

To continue I die-cut "love" from Love You Stamp & Cut XL in Plum, Azalea and Black Glitter cardstock; stacked and glued them to the card panel.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the set in Grape Slush; trimmed and adhered it to the card front. 

To complete the card, I added a few purple sequins. 

Thank you so much for joining Dana and I today! By celebrating diversity in the crafting community, we not only enrich our collective creativity but also contribute to a more vibrant and dynamic artistic landscape that reflects the multifaceted beauty of the world we live in.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a safe, crafty and happy holiday! 

See you next year! 

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G6490 Live and Let Love | Hero Arts
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CG710 Love Is Love Bold Prints | Hero...
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DC281 Love You Stamp & Cut XL | Hero...
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CM541 Succulent Bouquet | Hero Arts
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PD129 Skin Tone Liquid Watercolor Set...
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AF420 Taffy Reactive Ink | Hero Arts
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AF422 Creamsicle Reactive Ink | Hero...
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink | Hero Arts
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AF744 Caramel Core Ink | Hero Arts
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