Hello! It’s time for the latest #PaperCraftersUniteAgainstRacism Hop of 2023. I have been a part of every single one of these hops, which I think started in 2021. The goal of this hop is to continue to raise awareness about anti-racism; to stand with the BIPOC, AAPI, Indigenous , Palestine (and other oppressed minority) communities, and to keep encouraging everyone to start the necessary conversations. We are all one humanity and should find a way to #showup for equity and equality, in a way that makes sense for YOU. Silence, Inaction, and Passivity are detrimental to justice. Injustice anywhere is injustice EVERYWHERE! We do this hop a few times a year, so if it’s something you’d like to participate in, be on the lookout for signups on IG in a few months. You can follow the official PCUAR profile HERE. This time, I had the pleasure (and let’s be frank…anxiety) of taking over as Chay (see her IG HERE) who normally runs this hop had a baby. She asked me to take over this time which I was honored about, but also a bit terrified, as this hop is so important. The hop began yesterday and this was the lineup:
Today’s lineup is as listed here, but after me will be Nausheen (her IG HERE) as she was unable to post yesterday. So if you hop, please be sure to visit her.
My project for this hop features the new Sound Waves stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and the You Matter Stamp set and Dies from Reverse Confetti. Unfortunately, Reverse Confetti is no longer in business, and I can only find a link to the dies, though there are some sets available on eBay.
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I started off by coloring the hands with Copics, using Sandy Allnock‘s free Human Rainbow Chart, along with a couple of my own combinations. Then I die cut it out and also cut a larger circle of brown to mat it. My sentiment was stamped on to cream cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink in Fallen Leaves.
For the Sound Waves stencil, I used a combination of Distress Oxide Inks. I started off with Antique Linen, then Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and finally Ground Espresso. I was sure to spray the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray from Therm O Web before I started, since some of those arches are really thin and I didn’t want them to move as I blended the ink. I splattered the panel with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold for subtle sparkle.
I hope that you will hop through all of the participants, and perhaps consider joining us next time. Racism won’t go away easily, and we need to do what we can to slow it down and eventually stop it. Let’s spread love together! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!