Lisa (my daughter, age 24, a student at Eastern Michigan University) and I had a conversation a few weeks ago that immediately led to the creation of this card. Lisa is an elementary education major and one of her required classes is an art one. She loves it, of course!!
The day I made this card, the assignment was to make a creature out of clay. Lisa made a sheep that happened to have wings. Her friend Alexis, made a tree. Alexis' childhood friend had just passed away and she was very sad. She didn't have it in her to make a whimsical animal, but her childhood friend had loved trees.
Lisa described the tree to me in vivid detail. It didn't have roots, but rather legs that were sitting comfortably stretched out. It will be painted in autumnal colors because that was her favorite season. Everything about this tree celebrated who her friend was and their long friendship.
I was very touched by the story, and feeling pretty emotional about, it just from Lisa's dynamic storytelling. I had been card making all morning, so it was natural to go right in and begin to choose stamps and paper and inks. (The paper never ended up getting used.) Everything was stamped, water colored using the ink pads and water brush, and the grass was sketched in with the new alcohol markers. I think I used some water color pencils, as well.
I stamped the sun, the tree top, and the airplane first in the lighter color ink, then rocked the edges in the darker ink.
Once the card was finished, I worried that Alexis, who I didn't know, and Lisa only knew from this one class, would think this was weird - or it that might make her more sad. I held on to it for a few weeks. Lisa just delivered it on Wednesday, and she really appreciated it.
It felt like the right thing to do at the time. Why do I doubt these things???
Wishing you all sunshine!! (Me? I've been holed up in a dark room, resting the head. Hoping for a productive day tomorrow!!)
I have to say that I love this stamp set: Splendid Day D1462. I must use it more!!