Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A card with a cause

Hello Everyone,

I have given a lot of thought to today's post.. It is about strength and renewal in the face of darkness and tribulation. Becca Cruger from Damsel of Distress has put together a fantastic blog hop.. It is called Hop to Stop and it was created to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence. Please go to her blog to get more information about this critical issue. Also I am adding this from her blog:

If you are experiencing domestic violence, reach out for help! 
24/7 confidential 
National Domestic Violence Helpline 

"Abuse is not just physical. It can be emotional, too." I think this is an important point to add. Just because the bruises are the inside and can't be seen doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.

So in good crafting fashion she is raising awareness by having us all create cards with the color purple; the color for domestic violence.

Here is my submission:

The pure white of the butterfly is to represent renewal 
and rebirth in the face of adversity.

1 in 3 women will experience domestic
violence over the course of their lifetimes

All different shades of purple were 
used to create the bokeh effect.

The vellum was used on the butterfly for a bit of texture and dimension.
Then repeated with the vellum sentiment strip.

The white butterfly stands out from the entire design. 

Inspiration also came from this challenge:

CAS(E) this Sketch: challenge #143

As I mentioned above the color for domestic violence is purple. So naturally a purple background was in order. I created a bokeh effect stamping multiple dots in different sizes and colors. Then sponging around the dots for an ombre effect. The white butterfly is represent renewal and rebirth in the face of adversity. All it needed was a vellum overlay for a bit of texture. The vellum is repeated with the sentiment strip.

I feel the sentiment speaks of Becca's story. She has found strength and power in the face of adversity to overcome domestic violence. Now it is her turn to raise awareness in the best way she knows how; starting this blog hop and gathering the best card makers to show their best and raise awareness to this life saving cause to you, the reader.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time with me to discuss domestic violence. Feel free to leave a comment good, great, or otherwise. We will see you again at TheGrandStampede.

All the best,


Lisa said...

Love hoe you used the broken effect so differently! I've only seen it with white circles...I love what you've done...beautiful...

maria f. said...

What a lovely and dramatic interpretation of that sketch.

Monika Reeck said...

I must confess
Your bokeh technique is SPECTACULAR sweety
I did made bokeh but all with white ink dots..never try with dark color..I see I must CASE ing your card dear Shawna
Stunning und och so Adorable
Loveeee this so.much
Now today you can visit my blog again...its finish..not more Under construction..wait for your comment for my circle card sweety.
Miss u.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Love the bokeh background you created
Saw you entry at the Hop to Stop and dropped in to have a closer look. Your projects are gorgeous...I will be dropping in again.
Do drop by my blog when you can
Dr Sonia

Tiffani Trumble said...

beautiful background, its nice to see different techniques. wonderful job!

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful card! That white butterfly really pops! Great take on the sketch!

Becca Cruger said...

I think your card is absolutely lovely. When looking at it, I thought the bokeh effect was so much like domestic violence. There are parts that are more hidden and layered in darkness. I just love the beautiful imagery of it and the gorgeous sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and raising your voice to bring awareness for victims of domestic violence.

DIANA L. said...

Great card love the colors and the sentiment
You could enter this in my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes OCTOBER Linky Challenge. I have just become your newest follower I hope you will come follow my blog also. Have a blessed day


Suzanne Reynolds said...

Beautiful background, and a great sentiment, and a beautiful die-cut butterfly.

VanessaB said...


Karen C said...

I love butterfly creations. They have a special meaning to me. This is gorgeous!!
Karen C

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a beautiful card for The Hop to Stop. Your purple beauty caught my eye and I stopped in to get a closer look. Wonderful bokeh technique and powerful sentiment. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile and very serious issue.

Michele K. Henderson said...

Very pretty card! I love the way the butterfly stands out against the deep background!
Take care!

Jerrie said...

Fantastic ombre background and the butterfly representing renewal! Great job.

Suchi said...

That background is simply stunning...thanks for supporting this cause.. :)
Suchi xx

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