Encouragement Cards: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

I love making cards, which means that I spend a lot of time making them. I believe that each of us have been sent to earth with gifts and talents from the Lord, and He expects us to use our time and talents wisely.  I also believe that someday we will be accountable for what we have done with what we were given, like the parable of the talents in the New Testament.

As I was contemplating the amount of time I spend making cards, which I believe it is one of my talents, I felt that the Lord wanted me to do more to bless the lives of others with them, people outside of my family and friends.  There are people everywhere who need encouragement and kindness. So, I determined that I would make four cards every month and give them to an abused women and children’s home.  My hope is that they will help them as they begin to make major changes in their lives, and encourage them that they can do hard things for a better future.

Below are the cards I made this month. Each has the same sentiment I printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

00198For this card I die cut the sentiment panel with the scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials and adhered it with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to a side fold cardbase made from Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals, stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I decided to color the images with Copic Markers (I would probably not do that again, since I remember that embossing powder can ruin the nibs). The following colors were used: YR12, YR14, YR15; BG13, BG18; YG01, YG03, YG23; G21, YG63, G94; R11, R12, R02.

The flowers were adhered to the sentiment panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the pink flower, which has some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the bloom.

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For this card I framed the sentiment with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles out of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the sentiment panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The flower and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Both images were colored with Copic Markers Y15, Y17, Y19, G94, G99.

The leaves were glued with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The scalloped panel was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered it with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life stamp set and die.  This is a layering stamp set and I used Altenew Inks Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen.  The leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. To frame the sentiment I die cut a black frame from Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I placed the sentiment inside the frame and used Scotch Tape on the back to adhere the two together.  I then used a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to adhere the panel to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Verve Great Friend Stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and embossed them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were a solid image and I really like the solid gold look. The flowers were colored with RV11, RV12, and RV14 Copic Markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered the single flower onto the double flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and glued the base flower to the frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp
  • Verve Great Friend Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life Stamp and Die
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames Die
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen
  • Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, G21, G94, G99, R11, R12, R02, RV11, RV12, RV14, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG63, YR12, YR14, YR15
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape