Black History Month – Card Inspiration

February has been branded as black History Month for as long as I can remember. But for me, it’s every day of my life – learning about my history, well at least a part of it. There’s been so much media over the last few years about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which really has started to shine the light on injustice being experienced in the black community in certain parts of the world. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

On January 23rd I participated for the second time to #PaperCraftersUnitedAgainstRacism – a call for paper crafters to inspire and break the silence about racism. You can see my instagram post here and see all the inspiring cards along the hop.

In an attempt to shed a little more light on the cause and try to stop the silence, I plan to create several cards this  month on my Instagram page here(@rosedawsondesigns_cards) inspired by unity, anti-racism and strength. I hope that you’ll check out my Instagram page this month to be inspired.

If you are a paper crafter and want to help break the silence, please use #papercraftersunitedagainstracism on your posts to show Unity. We cannot stay silent if we want change.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

My first card of the month is a set inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”.

This is a stamp set that I’ve had for a little while now and have been dying to use but couldn’t find the right inspiration for it. It was released last year as a part of a BLM collaboration with The Ink Road Stamps and Shaunt’e Lewis. When I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing group of card markers that showed up to shine a light on racism I did consider using this stamp set. However, another stamp set caught my eye and felt ‘right’ for that particular hop. Instead, I decided to use this new stamp set for my first card this month.

I started off using Shaunt’e Lewis Art for The Ink Road Stamps “INKR219 – Shaunt’e Lewis Collab”” and Pinkfresh Studio Detail Black Hybrid Ink on an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

I used a variety of Altenew Artist Markers, Copic Markers and Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Alcohol Markers to colour in my image.

I chose some very vivid colours to fill in the image. I didn’t enjoy the round background so I ended up cutting out the details of the image and allow the colours to truly pop.

I used Simon Says Stamp “Lumen” Embossing Folder on a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock to get a smidge of texture on my background. Then I heat embossed the “Still I Rise” sentiment from the same stamp set using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink on a strip of Simon Says Stamp Vellum. I trimmed my embossed panel down to slightly less than 3.75×5 inches and wrapped the vellum strip around the front of the panel and taped it around the back. Then I trimmed a panel of gold foil paper down to approximately 4x 5.25 inches and adhered the embossed panel to it.

Then I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base. I popped up the coloured image using some 3M foam tape and adhered it to the front of my card and allowed her hair to brush across the sentiment. I also added a few of LIttle Things by Lucy’s Cards “Dewdrops” to the centers of the flowers in her hair for a bit of sparkle.

STILL I RISE – a Beautiful, meaningful, powerful poem by the late Maya Angelou – read it and be inspired.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

– Maya Angelou

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