Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen

Transforming Leading Ladies for Women’s History Month

Hello there! It’s Sandy Allnock here with a little inspiration for you….Did you know this is Women’s History Month? It’s time to celebrate a woman you know or admire!

When thinking of women who blow me away, my mind immediately went to three ladies who did something astonishing – they were “compute-rs” – they computed math equations, decades before we had speedy mechanical computers that could do the task! Their story was told in the movie Hidden Figures.

I chose Katherine Johnson to honor with my card…she died last year, and I was so touched by seeing so many wonderful stories about her at the time.

Since all we have of her as a young woman in photos is black and white, I did use the actress who played her in the movie, Taraji P. Henson and one of the outfits she wore.


While I don’t expect a soul to replicate my card – there are a number of tips here for no line coloring, making fabric patterns, using color strategically, and making your own patterned paper too!

The photo of the actresses was one that made me soooo happy – just look at these smiles and body language! I wanted to capture that atmosphere in my card.

No line coloring is a great way to “adapt” an image – it allows you to “cover” lines that aren’t right for the kind of image you want to end up with. I was able to adapt the hair shape, and I didn’t have to mask the notebook at all! I also added hand-drawn eyes and a big smile, because the photo I was using was so happy.

When trying to put the emphasis on the figure in the front, keep as much of the background as possible in neutral colors – I used a variety of grays, with a pop of color for the NASA logo and that pretty blue sky. I faked the building and people – hopefully my rocket scientist friend will know what my intent was! (Yes I do know someone who works at the Johnson Space Center!)

If you’re short on patterned paper like I often am – make your own! I started by trying to match her skirt, and while that felt too “busy” I toned that back by just going over that floral pattern with a stroke of a medium blue. It retained the pattern, but in a very toned back way that wasn’t distracting – but still matched!

So do you think you’ll try anything like this? Make a card with a theme for a woman you know, add a sentiment about how AWESOME she is, and drop it in the mail. Let her know she made a difference!


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  • Reply tasarladeadman March 19, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful drawing! What an amazing woman

  • Reply Janet Sisk March 19, 2021 at 8:37 am

    WOW! Love your card! Love that movie, too. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  • Reply Sheri Kempke March 19, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Yep-Love the movie, am a space “nerd” and love your card! Great job Sandy!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik March 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Love the card as well as the leading lady stamps

  • Reply jean marmo March 19, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    One of our favorite movies and i LOVE this card!

  • Reply June Stengel March 20, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Sandy, YOU are amazing! you have such an imaginative and creative mind! There are details, without being distracting. Just perfect!

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