Today I am thrilled to be part of a fabulous blog hop organised by Veronica Zalis, with the focus on Autism as today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Almost everyone I know knows someone who’s either diagnosed with it, has a child or relative afflicted by it or is some other way affected by it.
Many years ago, I worked for an organisation that offered respite care for families with autistic children and whilst I didn’t directly work with the children myself, I saw what a difference my co-workers made in the lives of these families. I also, as mentioned, know many families that have autistic children so when I was asked to take part in this blog hop, it was a no-brainer! Crafting AND raising awareness all wrapped into one? Yep, I’m in.
which will be available from today (25% of proceeds from the April sales of this set will go to the Autism Society) Sadly mine didn’t arrive in time for me to use it for this blog post, however I am sure I will use it lots when it does arrive though, it’s full of lovely sentiments and that puzzle die? C-U-T-E!
I’ve got two cards today and I have gone for one with multi-layered look as there are so many different “layers” to autism, it affects each person in a different way. The other one has a mono-chrome look using white and different shades of grey to represent the fact that autism isn’t a ‘one diagnosis fits all’ and it’s not a black or white diagnosis.
The first card is done with an alcohol ink background, a piece of foam sheet cut to size and Neat & Tangled’s Polygon Cover Plate die
. I attached the foam to the alcohol ink piece and ran it through my BigShot. This whole shebang, minus a few of the tiles, I added to a black card base. Almost everything I have used for these cards are from Neat & Tangled
Those loose tiles I added to the card like they had been lifted up (which in fact they had) and then left behind. I added a sequin to each hole as well as each tile and then added the sentiment saying ‘We’re in this together’ from the Together stamp
and coordinating diecut set,
also from Neat & Tangled.
My second card was very fiddly but well worth it, I think!
First I used the Falling Circles Cover Plate Die
on a piece of white card stock, and then also in light grey, medium grey and dark grey. To make things slightly easier for myself when it came to the puzzling part, I added some Sizzix adhesive sheet to the back of the white piece before filling in all the circles with the different greys. All I had to do was match up the right circle to the hole and press down!
The official colour of Autism awareness is royal blue but I have not used any on this card at all, instead using the different shades of grey to symbolise how many different “shades” of autism there is depending on where the autistic person falls on the spectrum. I hope that makes sense?
I stamped ‘You’re pretty!’ in an ombré look using Altenew’s Rock Collection inks and then added ‘Pretty awesome’ in black at the bottom. These sentiments are from the Neat & Tangled set ‘You’re Pretty’.
This look was so fun to create, I went ahead and made another three (..!) which you can find HERE. I decided against putting 5 cards into one blog because ain’t nobody got time for that, right?
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To finish off the card, I added the panel to a medium grey card base and a few sequins also got added to it. Because why not?? That’s it from me today and the next person in the hop is the amazing Sandy Allnock! The full list of participants is down below but if a link isn’t working, go back to Veronica Zalis as she has all the details and list of all the sponsors as well as prizes on her blog.
Don’t forget to click on the InLinkz link at the bottom for a line up of the fantastic prizes from all the generous sponsors!!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone who celebrated a holiday over the weekend had a lovely time. Have a great week and happy crafting!
Lots of love from Erica