The November theme for my Artist Trading Card swap group was "Fireworks." It may seem an odd theme for this month. One of the members of the group is from England and we chose it in connection with Guy Fawkes Night which is celebrated on the 5th of November. This Wikipedia article will give you lots of information about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. In 1605, Guy Fawkes was part of a plot to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. The plot was foiled and he was arrested and the event is commemorated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5th.
There is a well-known poem about Guy Fawkes Day - here is the first verse
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
I started with some photographs of fireworks that I took when our town had the 375th birthday celebration last year. You can see the photos in this post.
I chose three of my photos and layered them together in the Creative Memories StoryBook Creator program. Then I added some text (the first line of the poem) and a border of blue with the color sampled from the blue of the fireworks.
Then I softened the edges of the image and added a glitter effect to the blue border. I had set the size at 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (the only requirement for an ATC is that it must be this size) and I could print eight on a sheet of letter sized matte photo paper.
I adhered the photo paper to dark blue cardstock. On the back of the card, I added a firework cut from the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge cut in the Dazzle cardstock from DCWV (I am still enjoying this incredibly sparkly paper).
We were a very small group this month so I only needed to create five cards.
I haven't forgotten about the proposal to do a "virtual" ATC swap here on the blog. I'll be posting the details for the swap after Thanksgiving.
I hope you are having a nice weekend - we are enjoying our visit with Dad and admiring the cards that some of you sent him - thanks again for that!
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