While I usually challenge myself to create with a different stamp set for each class, this time, however, the cranes from Altenew’s Ori Kami stamp set seemed the perfect choice for a card, inspired by the AECP course In the Mood for Color, where emotions are highlighted through intentional color choices.
The simplicity of this white and gold card exudes peacefulness, tranquility, comfort, and the hope of healing. To create the background, perpendicular quarter grid lines and diagonal eighth lines were marked on a spare card front. This template, when paired with a protective lamination sheet, was used to audition center radiating crane placement prior to stamping them in Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink on the card front by aligning the wing’s center line with the marked grid, vertically and horizontally for the center grouping and diagonally for the corner birds.
To finish this card, the 3″ x 1.5″ oval from Altenew’s Apothecary die set was used to create a vellum focal point for the sentiment “wishing you peace” from Altenew’s Warm Blessings stamp set while still enabling the whole of the swirling cranes beneath it to remain visible. This encouraging sentiment, embossed with WOW!’s Opaque Bright White embossing powder, served as an ideal place behind which to apply glue that would remain invisible from the front.
The pairing of a center-radiating-outward card design and the choice of a crane as a repeating focal image calls to mind mobiles made of a thousand cranes, which further reiterates the wish for peace both from the sentiment and the color choices.