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Thank you Peter McLean (card): “Well done”

Well done to Peter McLean, who contributed to the Authors For Fireys fundraiser in January 2020. This mammoth undertaking was organised by Emily Gale and Nova Wheetman. 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.

Peter appeared as a guest blogger on Dark Matter Zine back in January so, several months ago, I sent him a thank you card.
well done

About the card

Let's bbq includes the I am a novice card maker but I made the pictured card. This card features Lawn Fawn’s Let’s BBQ stamp set. Being the newb that I am, I didn’t think to stamp the flames first then mask them (oops) so one flame has lines through it. I managed to position the second flame so my error wasn’t quite so obvious. However, I remembered to stamp the steak first then mask that before stamping the rest of the image.

I used copic markers to color in the image.

Ranger’s anti-static tool treated prevented unwanted “stick” before I used Versamark’s invisible ink followed by Ranger’s black sparkle embossing powder for the sentiment and steam.

Copic markers created the shadow while Distress Oxide Ink (sorry, I can NOT remember what color I used, it was too long ago) with a blending tool to darken the edges. And a corner chomper rounded the corners before I glued the card front onto an A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card.

I created the Authors for Fireys sentiment on my computer, printed it and cut it down to size.

This card is incredibly simple to make compared to many tutorials I’ve watched but it still took me a couple of hours. Because newb. Or noob. Whatever.


Although most of the books I review are sent, free of charge, by publishers or authors, I buy all my own art and craft supplies.

Thank you for joining me on this journey

However, I enjoyed making this card. Right now I’m in the process of making (and not finishing) several cards. I enjoy learning and being artsy. I’m too self-conscious, particularly with my failing eyesight, to try much that is more direct art. I’ve done very little since the University of South Australia effectively expelled me – twice, once in 2007 and again in 2008 – from their Bachelor of Visual Art degree for being disabled. Craft is my way of coming back from that body blow, spreading my wings and, hopefully, bringing some small sparkle to other people’s days as well.

Find your own way of spreading your wings, of nurturing yourself and bringing joy.

Thanks for joining me,


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


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