Updated: Apr 4, 2018
I've been an Autism mom for 25 years. Raising a child on the Spectrum isn't easy. Mostly, it isn't easy because it's an invisible illness, and people don't understand when Danny misses a social cue, or crosses a social boundary. If he had a sign around his neck that said "I have a disability that makes reading social cues difficult for me", people would likely give him grace. But because he doesn't, he is ostracized and bullied, instead.
The other cruel thing about having Autism, is that when our children are "high functioning", they are well aware of the fact that they are being ostracized. They notice when people are laughing at them, and it breaks their hearts.
My Danny is a friendly guy. He's always wanted to have friends, and to be included. So when he's the only child in the class not invited to the birthday party (it happens, despite the rules), it hurts.
In honor of World Autism Day, I'd like to do my part to raise awareness. So I am going to ask you to do one thing that will help children, worldwide. If you are a parent, an aunt or uncle, or have a child in your life in any capacity, please (please, please, please) talk to them about invisible illnesses. Talk to them about tolerance, about accepting differences, and about kindness.
My Danny, now 25, is currently in college. He is the one who will sit with a person who is eating alone in the cafeteria. He is the one who will approach a homeless person, and ask them to share their story, and he will listen. He still has Autism... but he also has kindness. And generosity. And intelligence. And talents. And a heart the size of the moon. And I wouldn't have him any other way.
My first card for this Blog Hop uses alternating layers of Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White card stock. I layered all the white pieces, loosely adhering them with washi tape, and randomly stamped Stampin' Up's Frosted Medallions around the edges in Ranger's Distress Oxide in Broken China, leaving a blank area in the middle, for my sentiment.
I separated the pieces, and inserted my turquoise layers, adding the ribbon to the last set of layers. I love this sentiment for Autism Awareness. It's from Unity Stamp Company, from the Indie Girl set. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment once in Broken China, then once in Black India Ink... I like the way the two colors blended to make the sentiment stand out. The ribbon is Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise grosgrain, and the pearls are Hero Arts self-adhesive Pearls and Gems.
For my second card, I used Ranger's Alcohol Inks, and Gina K's Autism Awareness Stamp Set, Love You to Pieces. This set is fairly old, but it still means a lot to me. I remember that when it was first released, she donated a portion of the proceeds to Autism Speaks. So wonderful!
First, I stamped the solid puzzle pieces onto Stampin' Up Whisper White cardstock with Versamark Ink, in my MISTI. I heat embossed them with Stampendous clear embossing powder, then cut them out, for later use.
I used alcohol inks in Indigo, Stonewashed, and Sail Boat Blue, on Yupo paper, to create the background. Playing with alcohol inks is so much fun. I dripped dots of each color on the paper, then moved the paper around until the inks moved and flowed into each other, occasionally adding additional drops, until I liked the look. Alcohol inks are very forgiving, so if you don't like the way your card looks, you can remove portions with more alcohol! You can pretty much play all day, so it's important to set a cutoff point, before you find yourself staring at the bottom of your ink bottles.
I stamped the sentiment with Ranger's Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean, and adhered some of Stampin' Up's pinkish purplish sequins to finish it off. The whole thing was attached to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
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