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Gabrielle Tozer: thank you from DMZ

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Thank you to #AuthorsForFireys contributors

Gabrielle Tozer contributed to the Authors For Fireys fundraiser in January 2020. Emily Gale and Nova Wheetman organised this mammoth undertaking. They raised $513,149 to support firefighters and to help Australia’s bushfire survivors.

The entire list of original Authors For Fireys series of interviews and guest blogs are here. The ‘thank you’ posts, each of which include my cardmaking efforts, are here.

Meet Gabrielle Tozer

I’m an author and freelance writer based in Wagga Wagga in regional NSW.

Like many people, the horrific bushfires leave me feeling helpless and worried for the future. My heart aches for the lives, homes, communities, businesses, wildlife lost around our burning country. The 24/7 news cycle is terrifying and I have a few closer-to-home connections that make it seem even more real.

Gabrielle says a lot more about the bushfires and her motivation to help over here.

I’ve read some of Gabrielle’s books and can highly recommend them. She’s one of Melbourne’s high quality YA author ‘set’.

Dark Matter Zine says thank you

I am a novice card maker but I made the pictured card. This is a thank you to Gabrielle Tozer for appearing as a guest on Dark Matter Zine and for supporting Australia’s firefighters.

About the card

Although I love making funny and quirky cards I need a lot more practice. Also, by the time I made Gabrielle’s card, I’d made a lot of cards using Tim Holtz’s crazy birds, cats and dogs stamps. They’re not all on this website because I didn’t even think about putting them up here until the Authors For Fireys thank you series. Most of them are probably on Dark Matter Zine‘s Instagram though. Anyhoo, so I wanted a break from the ‘crazy’ series.

However, I didn’t have the gear to make a scene card without using this series.

So what to do?

I decided on some flowers. For this card I blended some distress oxide inks for the background then splashed droplets of water to lift some of the ink, waiting a moment then soaking the water up with a cloth.

I stamped the flowers using a purple versamagic ink and the leaves using a green one, then I colored in the flowers and leaves using copic markers. You can see I’ve been working on collecting tools!

An anti-static tool ensured the embossing powder only went where it was supposed to, before stamping ‘thank you’ with versamark invisible ink then sprinkling white embossing powder on top. And, of course, I melted the embossing powder with my heat tool, a wicked little gizmo that looks like a hairdryer but don’t use it like one. You’ll burn your hair if you’re lucky. If not, you’ll burn more than your hair, that thing is crazy hot.

And I glued the whole thing together. Plus I might have sprinkled some Perfect Pearls mixed with water for splatters of shiny drops. And I put some Nuvo crystal drops on some of the spots where I lifted the color from the background.

The end.

Although I adore this color combination, in hindsight I think I should have made the background green so the flowers stood out more and the leaves stood out less. Ah well, next time. I’m loving the violet and green though.

All the pretties

Mum used to mock me for trying to be stereotypically female: I was too big boned and too fat and too this and too that. Looking back I think it was her self-hatred coming to the fore because she’s also big boned (taller, bigger hands etc) than most men as well as being overweight etc etc. Her mockery resulted in me feeling self-conscious about liking flowers, wearing florals, trying to be feminine. Add to that, some people have accused me of pretending to be a woman and others have accused me of being a lesbian or butch. So it’s hard to relax into enjoying flowers and florals.

But you know what? I do enjoy them. I love certain flowers for their colors and their smells.

And I enjoy stamping and coloring flowers.

I’m shit at composition but there are YouTube and bloggers who lead the way.

Nothing has to be a masterpiece, a work of original art. It’s about enjoyment.

I can’t come at using coloring books for relaxation – I don’t see the purpose. But making cards to give to people? Even if I have to make up a reason to give them a card? That has purpose.

Find something that makes you happy and do it for you. Be kind to yourself, especially in this, the Year Of The Apocalypse.

Stay safe,

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Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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