January 7, 2010

Cinema Saturday Dark vs. Light

I have a confession to make.  I have only read the book once (in grade school because I had to) and I've only watched the movie once.  The reason for my lack of emersion has always been due to the very apparent struggle between dark and light, good vs. evil.  Don't laugh, but this children's book actually caused me a lot of anxiety while I was reading it.  It seemed to take forever to get to a part in the book where there was some kind of hope (in the form of Aslan).  At the time I was reading it, I believe I was 10,  I didn't catch the religious aspects or even the source of my anxiety.  What I did know was that Narnia was not a place that I wanted to escape to but to escape from.

Thankfully this Walt Disney movie version came along. The cinematography is breathtaking and they did such a great job of portraying the visual aspects of dark vs. light. Also being nearly 20 years older and watching this I was able to identify the emotions I was feeling. Apprehension is a whole lot easier to deal with during a 2 hour movie than the hours it took me to read the book as a child.

Anyhow, there's the background now here's my card.  I knew I had to interpret the contrast of dark and light.  So I sponged black ink on a 3.5 x 5 piece of acetate.  Stamped the "darkest moments" sentiment from the Hard to Say stamp set with White craft ink and clear embossed to prevent smudging.  Make sure not to overheat your acetate...it will warp.

The acetate was attached to the top of the card base using Vellum tape. Using my favourite Delight in Life stamp set (retired) I made a bright and cheerful scene on the card base and did the same in the inside adding glitter to the flower centers and the rest of the sentiment.

It is friends, faith and family that give us hope in our darkest moments isn't it?  Without them we are alone as Edmund  discovered during his journey in Narnia.

Paper:  Whisper White, Acetate
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Taken with Teal (although it came out more Bayou Blue),  Crushed Curry, Whisper White Craft, Basic Black
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds, clear emboss powder, sponge.
Stamp sets:  Hard to Say, Delight in Life


  1. Thanks for sharing your personal experience Laural-Lee! What inspiration and way to tap into it.

  2. Cool idea! I love the creativity of this card. I have to use this Stampin' Up set more often!

  3. Great interpretation!! The sentiment is perfect.

  4. Laurel-Lee - I am soooo happy that you played along with us, especially after your experience growing up. ANd your interpretation of it is beautiful - that struggle and the hope that is in the movie is so well captured by your card!! So well done!!! And you are so right about the importance of faith and family - it is indeed a very dark journey. Thank so much for playing along with us - hope that it was okay to watch the movie now and that even though it brought stuff up, I hope that you still had a little bit of fun creating it :)
    Sending you big hugs!!!
    Sankari :)
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

  5. Ooooooooooh, niiiice! Beautifully done.

  6. You did it so beautifully =) What a great idea. I didn't read the book, but I had the movie gifted to me when I was about 26 and watched it then and found it a little disturbing. LOL
    Love the sentiments you've used, Laural!