Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran's Day in the United States. A number of other Commonwealth countries are also honouring their fallen. Canada's military is known mostly for its peacekeeping role in the world today but it has a deep and rich history of heroism in many wars, most notably WWI and WWII. I still remember learning the famous poem In Flanders Fields in elementary school and absorbing so many of the war stories in high school where history was my favourite subject.

My card was inspired by this very moving Remembrance Day commercial as well as the poppies everyone dons right after Halloween to honour those who have fought for our country. I used the flower image from Unity's October KOTM and paired it with the top part of the sentiment that is the kit's namesake. I added Stickles to the three flowers that look particularly like poppies. Then I hand-wrote 'remember' with the broad end of my black Copic marker. Looking at this card after its completion I realized that it also looks like a headstone on grass. That is some powerful symbology and this is definitely one of my favourite one-layer cards ever.

Sources: GinaK pure luxury Kraft cardstock; Unity October Kit of the Month - Take Time To Laugh; Vivid Red ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copic marker; Ranger Xmas Red & Black Diamond Stickles

15 comments:

Janna {Papiersalat} said...

what a great card.

Janna

Ujjwal said...

Thats a gorgeous stamp and love the way you have added stickles to the flowers. Beautiful card!!

Saskia said...

Very beautiful!!

Saskia :)

Smita said...

I love this clean card! Absolutely gorgeous... and I love the sentiment it echoes!

Hugs,
Smita

Angela said...

Lovely in both design and meaning.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Simply beautiful Emily love it!!!!!

mustavcoffee said...

Very sensitively done Emily, a beautiful remembrance card:0) xxx

Meg said...

Man, it's not often I get teary-eyed reading a card description! What a beautiful card for today.

Lana said...

Fab card Emily and for a meaning worth remembering always ;0)
Lana x

Vicky Hayes said...

I love your beautiful, iconic card.

~amy~ said...

Such a striking card!

Lindsey said...

Perfect. Layers would have only taken away from the power of this card. Nicely done. (I wasn't sure you could _make_ a Remembrance Day card till I saw this!)

Karen B. said...

Love the meaning behind your card, and the card itself.

Alice Wertz said...

simply beautiful! love your handwriting in this. wonderful tribute.

Elise said...

This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful, Emily! What a stunning tribute to an important day!