Did you know that January is National Braille Literacy Month? When I was thinking of a theme for this challenge, I did a search for January holidays and found this one. Since I work at a school for the Deaf and the Blind, I know how important learning Braille is for blind and visually impaired people. It really amazed me when I went to my first Christmas concert at my school. Some of the students hadn’t memorized the words of the songs and were singing while reading the words from their braille cheat sheets! I found this interesting article by Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind that explains the statistics and importance of braille literacy, and a little news video featuring students and staff from my school!
Maybe you have guessed that the challenge at Cut it Up is to use embossing on your project, since braille is embossed dots. Here is my project.
I made an explosion box. I used a leaf throughout called Ollie’s Leaf, which was a freebie from SVG Cuts a couple years ago.
The beautiful peacock image is from our sponsor, Meljen’s Designs. It’s called Fancy Swirl Peacock. I’m not very good at coloring stamps, so I printed it out four times to allow for mistakes. Luckily, I did pretty well on my first shot using Crayola colored pencils.
Not wanting to mess it up, I scanned my colored image into my computer and used that. I printed out one peacock for a base on my box top. I also brought the colored image into my Silhouette software and made several print and cuts using a thin offset. I layered some of the cut out images over the printed out one for more depth and dimension.
For my embossing, I used the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder because it reminds me of the “eyes” on peacocks’ tail feathers! I wrapped the lid using In the Navy Trendy Twine, made a square knot, tucked the ends under and sealed them there with glue.
Now it’s time to head on over to the Cut it Up Challenge Blog and see all the projects the design team members have made to inspire you! Then link up your own project with a die cut and some embossing for a chance to win 4 digital stamps from Meijen’s Designs!