Monday, April 2, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

An amazing bloggy friend (here's looking at you, Tenia) asked me to participate in a blog hop to raise in honor of Autism Awareness Day - recognized internationally on April 2.


Of course I said a resounding yes. I've been blessed to have individuals with autism in my life. One of my first ever jobs was working with an autistic man, helping him succeed in his job and it was one of the most rewarding things. People with autism might find themselves facing challenges with non-verbal communication and some social interactions.

You might have heard about the spectrum within autism and that's because it's really what it is - no two people with autism will present with the same symptoms. Today is a day to celebrate individuals with autism, and I'm proud to be a part of this hop.


The color for autism awareness is blue, so I started with a watercolored blue background made with Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks.


I added to the blue with some mandalas, stamped with Distress Inks.


Next, I used a butterfly  mask from STAMPlorations and painted over it with gesso.


I outlined the butterflies, created with the negative space of my mask, using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, then used Scribble Sticks and water to create a hazy blue cloud around my butterflies.


I embossed a sentiment, super appropriate for this blog hop from STAMPlorations and added a little embossed butterfly.

 So there's my happy blue card. I hope you'll all participate in this awesome hop and check out the rest of the talented designers. Check them out! 


112 comments:

  1. Becca, thank you for this tutorial..I LOVE your project..absolutely gorgeous. You've made me need to try gesso on a card!

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  2. Such a wonderful mixed media cad for autism awareness, Becca!! We always have autistic kids at school and it's right: there aren't two of them that seem having the same symptoms. But it's the way: any living is different and unique, isn't it? ;)
    Your masked butterflies look wonderfully and the outlines make them really pop out! Fabulous sentiment, too!
    Hugs

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  3. Wow. I love this card and all the texture and details.

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  4. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your steps! I love seeing all those layers!

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  5. Differently-abled people are most definitely 'blessings,' aren't they?! So glad you used that term - it's just true. Thanks for sharing how you made your pretty mixed media card. I'm absolutely fascinated by the process and the outcome, particularly of this card. It's just beautiful, with a beautiful sentiment. You rocked this. Have a great week. Bev

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  6. This is so amazing! What a great hop! Thank you for supporting Autism Awareness in this way!

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  7. Thanks for showing the steps to getting such a gorgeous background - what a beautiful card!

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  8. Love the card and technique!! Thx for being a part of this special awareness!

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  9. What a worthy cause for this blog hop! Your card is AWESOME!

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  10. Man....you card is GORGE!!!!! Thanks so much for being a part of this AWESOME event!!! Love ya, girl!!!

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  11. I never use gesso on my cards ... but I will try ! Lovely card and beautiful campaign !!

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  12. WOW! Here is why I am awestruck..and have a big smile on my face---What a wonderful crafting community we have and the impact that we can make together. I am so proud! Veronica and all the sponsors- THANK YOU!

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  13. You are so creative making sue to use a variety of medias!! They all work wonderfully together and your card is stunning!! Thank you for also taking part in such a wonderful blog hop for such a worthy cause!!

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  14. Wow!! Stunning creation!! Love it! And thanks for sharing the tutorial too! <3
    Thanks to everyone who are part of the awesome blog hop, and to the sponsors!

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  15. Thanks for sharing. What a unique way to add the background to your card.

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  16. The outlining of the butterflies makes this card a masterpiece!

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  17. What a cool card! I've never tried that Geso but I sure will have to now! I love these hops they allow me to see stamp sets/dies and other products I may not know about yet and get me to expand my creativity. Thanks for sharing this technique with us!

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  18. Great card for a worthy cause.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your talents to support this great cause! Love you card!

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  20. Beautiful card for such a worthwhile cause.

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  21. I would like to say how much I appreciate that you are participating in this. My son is 12 and he has Aspergers syndrome. He also has aggressive ADHD and it was hard to get the autism diagnosis and therefore to get it treated. This is a wonderful way to raise awareness

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  22. WOW!! Just WOW!!! This card is Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. Beautiful colors. Thanks for helping bring more awareness, this is an amazing blog hop.

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  24. Wow! It is a master class in techniques!

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  25. I love blue, so you can imagine how much pleasure I find in this blog hop ! Your card is absolutely stunning, butterflies are the perfect match to blue to my point of view ! It's really a fantastic creation, thank you for sharing.

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  26. Love your card, your background is amazing, thanks!

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  27. WOW! A beautiful card! While I am not new to card making, there is still a lot (okay, a ton really) that I have yet to learn. Thank you so much for introducing me to some new products & techniques. And thank you so very much for participating in this amazing blog hop for Autism!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your technique for this beautiful card.

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  29. A gorgeous card and one full of encourage for anyone especially someone with autism. My daughter is autistic and she is now 35 years old and doing well. They can succeed and be happy. Thanks for bringing that to light. Thanks for being part of the hop and helping raise awareness of the autism spectrum!

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  30. Gorgeous layers - thanks for sharing the steps. Thanks for supporting the Autism Awareness Day & Blog Hop.

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  31. You are correct, no two people with autism are alike. But, they have one thing in common. They are happy and spread joy.

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  32. Love this technique. Beautiful card. TFS

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  33. Amazing! Thanks for the step by step - it turned out beautifully!

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  34. Your card is SO ARTISTIC & BEAUTIFUL, Becca!I LOVE the freedom with which it is made!;) THANK YOU for using your talents to support those with Autism & WAAD! ;)

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  35. You used so many great details that come together to create a wow! card. Very artistic, with a lovely sentiment.

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  36. What a great card. Love the colors and textures, very nice indeed! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  37. Super creative! This is a work of art -

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  38. Your card is amazing! I love it!! Thank you for being part of this amazing hop.

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  39. I THINK THIS CARD IS AMAZING... Your teaching different techniques is super... Thanks so much..

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  40. Wow!!! This distressed background is just STUNNING!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for participating in such an important blog hop <3

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  41. Beautifully done Becca, this is marvelous!

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  42. Thanks for the steps followed to create this card. So colorful and eye-catching! Fantastic card!

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  43. Really love the mixed media take on this card.

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  44. Great initiative. Love the card. Thanks for being a part of this noble cause. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  45. Thanks for participating for this great cause. Your card is absolutely beautiful.

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  46. Another mama with a beautiful 30yo son with Autism and a 28yo daughter that teaches Special Ed with a true passion! So very proud of them both, and grateful to you keeping this blog hop going! Sporting my blue today, and have my front porch blue bulbs glowing! Thank you for your awesome card!

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  47. Thank you for the wonderful card you made to share with us in honor of this wonderful blog hop spreading awareness about autism.
    I am a mother to a daughter with autism she is 25 now and everyday brings new things still as she navigates life differently.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly

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  48. Wow, amazing mixed media card!

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  49. Love all the techniques used in making this card, thank you for sharing.

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  50. Such a positive card Becca ! I loved the mixed media details and of course blue :)

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  51. What a stunning card - love it Becca!!

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  52. Thanks for bringing awareness to this worthy cause!

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  53. Lovely card. My son is on the spectrum. Thanks for using your talent to bring awareness to this cause.

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  54. Such a gorgeous card Becca! Your message was powerful and I feel that if God saw fit to put us here on earth then we all deserve to be treated equally and with dignity. No one person should be "above" another... Bless you for helping that man succeed!

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  55. Wow, what a stunning card for this wonderful cause!

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  56. Amazing card using the blue for autism, thank you for your amazing support x

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  57. I did not know blue was the autism color, thank you, I love learning new things

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  58. Beautiful card. LOVE those butterflies ♥

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  59. Love this card, I just love butterflies. what a great card. Thank you.

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  60. your card makes me smile all over! it's beautiful! I love how you created that gorgeous bg with the stencil. :)

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  61. awesome card and great tutorial - thanks for sharing

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  62. Your card is so beautiful! I love butterflies and the blues you used on this card are wonderful!

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  63. wonderful card and i appreciate the how-to

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  64. I love the butterflies. So pretty. Nice colors--very soothing.

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  65. And, I've been gobsmacked. I would expect no less from you, chic.

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  66. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Your card is gorgeous! Love all the shades of blue. Thx for participating in such a worthy blog hop!

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  68. Wow! This is such a beautiful card! Thanks for supporting Autism Awareness!

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  69. So pretty - love all the blue and the great sentiment.

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  70. Amazing card!! Love the layers you made!!

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  71. Becca, love your pretty card!!!

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  72. This is a great card...lots of things to learn and enjoy...thanks for supporting the cause

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  73. Thanks for the detailed pictures to show how you made this stunning card...so pretty!

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  74. Wow! Amazing card. Looks like a lot of hard work for a good cause

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  75. Wow! That is just stunning~

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  76. blue and butterflies, Becca a gorgeous composition and thoughts shared too, not two are alike so true ..a s i read once if you've met one child with autism you've met one with autism, it wont make you an expert on all others with autism ... I've only just learned the blue is for autism hence my card was not solely blue.
    thanks for being a blessing.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  77. Your card is beautiful! Thank you for joining the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop!

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  78. Beautiful card! Love that pretty butterfly!
    Light it up blue!

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  79. beautiful card!
    have a nice day

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  80. Gorgeous card! I love the layers and the mixed media aspects of it. It almost looks like stained glass. Perfect sentiment for this hop!

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  81. Incredible technique card. Just gorgeous!!

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  82. As always, you have created a beautiful work of art that came straight from your heart, Becca! It's perfection for the Hop! I hope all is well with you!! ❤️Hugs, Darnell

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  83. Wow! This is gorgeous!!!! What a beautiful background you created!!! THanks so much for participating in this cause!

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  84. Wonderful butterfly card. I love blue and support Autism Awareness - have it in the family. Thanks for doing this!

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  85. Wow! unbelievable backgrounds for my favorite cause

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  86. The tecnique is beautiful and the different butterflies translates perfectly with what you mentioned of the spectrum of autism.

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  87. This is beautiful! Thanks for the steb-by-step. I love blog hops because I can learn so many cool techniques. That embossed butterfly really adds to the beauty and the sentiment is wonderful!

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  88. Love your butterflies. I must try this technique. Thanks for supporting Autism awareness!

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  89. Great card Becky! I miss seeing you around the mixed media world but I know you are rocking your career!

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  90. Thank you so much for being a part of this blog hop. Its so great that so many individuals in the crafting community is willing to support awareness. Your card is stunning, thanks for sharing how you created it.

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  91. A stunning card to spread a wonderful message of Autism Awareness. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  92. I really love this card and message.

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  93. Thanks for sharing how you made this wonderful card.

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  94. What a fabulous background technique!!! Love your beautiful card. Thanks so much for supporting this important cause!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  95. Great card...this is a really neat look!!

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  96. thanks for sharing your card, i love the beautiful background and the sentiment is perfect.

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  97. I love all the layers of stamping, stenciling and coloring on your card!! Thanks for supporting this great cause - My daughter teaches kids with autism, so this is near and dear to my heart too!

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  98. Oh my goodness !! You’ve made such an impressive card, absolutely gorgeous !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  99. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this BEAUTIFUL Card!! THANKS for supporting such an AMAZING Hop!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!

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