Hi all, I’m back again today as its a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and the theme for the next fortnight is “Poppies For Memorial Day”. As I was not brought up in the European culture, I had to look up why poppies are used as the memorial symbol for those who died during the wars, and what I discovered was really interesting.
In fact, Poppies have long been used as the symbol of sleep, death and peace. Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative, death because of the red blood colour of the red poppies, and probably because they were the only flowers to grow on the barren battlefields, often among the bodies of the dead. These fields of red poppies also influenced a Canadian doctor to write the now famous poem called “In Flanders Field” , for the burial service of his friend who had died in the war, which launched the poppy as a memorial symbol.
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below…” (John McCrae)
So after I got to know the memorial symbolism of the poppy, I had to make a card with a poppy field. I used Hero Arts Color Layering Poppy stamp and different Distress, Stampin Up and Altenew Inks to stamp the 4 layers of poppies. The leaves come from Altenew’s Peony Bouquet set and the green grass was made with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol marker. There was obviously a lot of masking done to give the grass a continuous feel! I didn’t feel like adding a sympathy sentiment even if it would have been the most appropriate, so I chose a sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it in Versafine black ink. To finish I added a red washi tape strip at the top and coloured the top edge with Stampin Up’s Real Red ink.
My card was also inspired by the photograph I am using to paint my first acrylic painting. As you can see, its not finished so my poppies look like UFOs! I started this a month ago, at a craft fair where I learnt to use acrylics for the first time. I hope I manage to finish this… one day!
Well I hope you enjoyed my post. Your kind feedback is always like a warm blanket hugging me on a cold Winter’s Day ! Please pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafter’s challenge blog and see the other gorgeous cards they have created just to inspire you to do create a poppy themed card.
Thanks for stoping by and have a great day!
I’m also sharing this card at:
Shopping Our Stash – April Showers bring May Flowers
Time Out Challenge – My 2nd entry
World Wide Open DT Challenge – Anything Goes
Work It Wednesday – Summer Inspired projects
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Use more than one stamp. I used 3 different stamps for the card.