I am sad that Jennifer McGuire's Sharing Handmade kindness challenge is coming to an end - this is the last week. Of course that doesn't mean we have to stop the kindness - that is a year round thing!
I had fun sharing kindness two ways yesterday:
First I made a bunch of cards to leave for strangers. I put one on someone's windshield at Kroger.
Second, I gave the next person in line at the Dunkin Donuts drive thru a Dunkin Donuts gift card. I am sure that many of us have paid for the person behind us (and then sped off so they couldn't see who it was! Ha! OK, is that just me?) This time I added a little handmade touch with a tag to put the gift card in.
To make the cards: I grabbed some random colors of cardstock and cut them 2.75 X 4 inches. The greeting I used is from Technique Tuesday (link below). Who wouldn't want to be told that right? I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I rounded the corners. I used my Misti tool to make it faster but of course you don't have to have that to make these. I put them in my purse so I always have them on hand.
To make the gift card tag: I started by creating the striped pattern. The key to making this is using the Simon Says Stamp grid paper to line up the post it tape. This allowed me to get perfect stripes that were straight and all the same size. This simply wouldn't happen if I eyeballed it. (The green is the tape in the photo below)
I used Distress Ink (colors in links below) in a rainbow pattern ala Laura Bassen. (Anybody else think of her every time you do an inky, rainbow-y card? Since I knew I was going to heat emboss on that inky surface I hit it with a heat gun to make sure it dried. Once it was done I die cut the tag -- the back piece using white cardstock and the front piece using my inky background. I used the powder tool to be sure that I only got embossing where I wanted it. I stamped the greeting with Versafine black ink and then used clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. To assemble the tag I stitched along the sides with DMC white floss. I added a ribbon on top and the gift card and it was done. It was fun to make. I hope it brought joy to the person behind me in line at the drive thru.