I’m an optimistic person. No matter how terrible things might feel at a given moment, I firmly believe they can get better. It might not be easy to get there, but with hard work and a good attitude, we can always arrive in a better place. 2020 has not been an easy year (understatement of the year, no?). While there have been some great things this year, the horrors of 2020 have always lurked around the next corner. Nothing will change overnight (there’s no guarantee 2021 will be better), but I have to believe we can do better and be better next year. Even if you don’t believe things will get better, please tell me that – constantly and consistently. Thanks.
To mark the end of 2020 and our new beginning in 2021, I decided to represent the new year with a card. Here’s my Happy New Year’s card (which is also a “Goodbye, 2020!” card):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Family Party. When I purchased the Family Party Photopolymer stamp set some time ago, I picked it up because of the variety of relatives listed int he set – mothers and brothers and wives and nephews are all represented! The first time I have inked it up, though, was to use the numbers in the set. Yay! I am so happy to have had it here – gave me just what I needed to complete my see-ya card to 2020. Here’s a look at the sentiments in this set: I designed this card to show the split between the darkness of one year and the bright possibilities of the other. It was all thought out, but I couldn’t help but laugh when I realized it didn’t quite represent what I wanted…
- It’s Not What You Think. As I sat back to photograph my card, I giggled. I wanted to contrast the darkness of 2020 and the brightness of 2021 in my card (and I used some fun techniques to get there), but I [completely unintentionally] created “darkness” that looks a bit like “poo” (I probably should have used black or gray). I see it now, but I totally wasn’t going there. Still, I think it’s quite pretty. Here’s a closer look at the 2020 panel: On my panel of Early Espresso, I stamped one the watercolored flower images from To a Wild Rose over and over to create a cloud of brown (again, to represent the darkness of this year). It’s murky and dark. Here’s a look at the 2021 panel: I stamped the stars from Peace & Joy stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock to showcase the brightness to come. I colored some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and added them to the center of each. So bright! So uplifting.
- Gorgeous Color Combination. My 2020 and 2021 panels were mounted on a Crumb Cake card base. If you love this mix of Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso as much as I do, please save this graphic for future reference:
Stamp Sets: Family Party, To a Wild Rose, Peace & Joy Papers: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White Inks: Daffodil Delight, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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