Thursday, January 26, 2012

It Is Well… Sneak Peek

How This Song Came to Be

ItIsWell sd

This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially. Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre, but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone . . .". Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.

This has always been a favorite hymn of mine so I was extra excited when I learned of the new stamp, It Is Well with My Soul, being released Feb 1 from Our Daily Bread designs!

I wanted to incorporate The Mighty Sea, also coming Feb 1, with the hymn. I wanted a muted look with the hymn on top. Kraft and pencils came to mind!


I stamped it in a light brown so as not to overpower the hymn. {don’t forget, right clicking on any picture can bring it up larger, in another window}

ItIsWell pencil

I love how it turned out! And actually on Kraft with Prismacolor pencils, it went quite fast! I love how the sky turned out!! {this picture was taken with my phone under different lighting, it’s not quite this dark in real life}

ItIsWell sky

Here is the sky before being blended. I thought you might like to see what/how I lay color down. I use the side of the pencil so as not to have defined lines, then blend in a circular motion…sometimes also in the direction I want the colors to move. As in the clouds, they’re drifting off to the left to me, not just ‘up and down’. Make sense? lol
Then I just went back in after it was blended and added more white or a blue for depth.
All blended with Gamsol {most of the time I use baby oil though}

ItIsWell clsup

Now, here is something cool! While editing my pics in PSE, I accidentally hit a button that removed the color! GASP!! Now I have to try and make one like this!!! I love it!!

ItIsWell sepia

And the best part about making this card… I was singing the hymn the whole time!

Thanks for stopping!



Rebecca Johnson said...

This card is so beautiful, Dawn.
One of my favorite hymns, too. Very moving for me. Glad I stopped here. I think this is the best of ODBD.
Peace, Becky Johnson

Becky said...

I just love this new set. What a gorgeous, gorgeous card. The colors and coloring are awesome.

renee said...

beautifully done...thanks for sharing your process and art.

Debbie Brackett said...

I really like this hymn also. What a beautiful song to come out of such tragedy. Great card and thank you for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Dawn - Beautiful card, beautiful stamp set. Your sense of colour and composition are truly a gift. TFS!


Traci S. said...

Dawn, Thank you for showing us these 2 fabulous stamps to come! And, for showing us the different steps you took to color them. These look any stage. This is one hymn, that once I hear sticks in my mind all day...sometimes two. You really brought a beautiful sea to a sad story at sea. Just amazingly done!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather

p.s. I don't know if Kelley ever has contests between you ladies. I would enter this in a heart-beat. It is stunning!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is so lovely that it's mesmerizing! I don't know how you do it, but I sure love drooling over it all! :-D

JustYolie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Stopping by to invite to visit Link Up for Pink's new website
We are celebrating with several giveaways! :)

(I also have a giveaway on my blog)

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Beautiful, Dawn! I love how this turned out, too! The pencils on kraft and wonderful hymn are just lovely.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Simply beautiful, Dawn.


Sharon Field / Created By You said...

How stunning and beautiful!