Monday, June 12, 2017

Two Types of Ink - The Lost Letter

It's Monday again and I'm racing against the storm to see if I can get my blog post out before the power goes back out. 

Today's I'll be featuring a beautiful book called The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor.  This book comes out on 6/13/2017 and is a true reading pleasure.  I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and  also received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thought's Ninja Review Team. As always, all opinions are my own.


THE LOST LETTER is a WWII historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a stamp maker in Austria in 1938 and the daughter of a stamp collector in 1989.   It centers around an unopened letter with a unique stamp but turns into so much more!  Well written characters and a flowing narrative told between both time periods lend to a great reading experience.  Cantor also captures the  heartbreak of the time beautifully in a place that hasn't starred in too many WWII novels (at least that I've read!)  This book kept me up until 2am to finish just so I could exhale.  While the stamp collector is always looking for a "gem", the readers get their own by reading this novel.  A good read for any historical fiction buffs out there or those that just want to engross themselves in a book for a while. 

Because the book centers around a stamp with an edelweiss in it, I wanted to focus my creativity energy there.  However, I don't have any stamps of that flower.  The more I looked at it, the most random the petals and the centers seemed.  So I decided to make my own.  This is the photo I used for inspiration.



My card was harder than I expected.  Deliberately random is not my forte but it made me appreciate the secret message from the book and the skill it took to engrave it.  I punched two daisies and cut some petals off and others just cut down.  I chose to watercolor the background and the grass because this book made me cry - both with the story it told and the overall tragedy of that time.  But I hid the word "hope" in the sky because that seemed like a central theme of this book - even if it would seem the hardest feeling to have in that world.  Whether you like the way the card turned out or not (I'm still on the fence), you will love this book!



Supplies:
  • Cardstock/DSP: Watercolor Paper, Garden Green cardstock, Soft Sky cardstock, Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Garden Green
  • Stamps: Tranquil Tulips, Watercolor Words
  • Accessories: Gold Faceted Gems, Silver Faceted Gems, Garden Green Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scissors, Adhesive, and Aquapainter

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Have a craftastic day,
Stacy

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