In this crazy time of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have not had much motivation or creativity to do any paper crafting. My mojo had gone on furlough and there was no sign of it returning. However, today I saw on our neighborhood app, Nextdoor.com, a call for a show of community support for our medical warriors at our local public hospital.
The daughter of one of my neighbors is an attending there, and during these hard and scary times, she said it would mean the world to these residents to hear and feel the community’s support for their work. She said that if we’d like to help give these brave folks a badly needed shot in the arm, to drop off encouraging cards or notes. Now I was charged up. I dug through my handmade card stash and found 7 cards that would work perfectly once I hand wrote a grateful message inside each one.
Then I decided to design a card that I could easily make multiples of by using the punching and kicking dies from the DiemondDies Karate Dies Set #1, the Tim Holtz Shatter Stencil, and the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Wilted Lavender (achieving a bright and hopeful rainbow of colors).
I blended on combinations of the Distress Inks through the Shattered Stencil onto plain white cardstock card fronts and then mounted them on card bases from an old Michaels Hot Buys card bases in coordinating colors. I die cut the kicking and punching figures from a thick scrap of glittered mocha card stock. For the sentiments, I hand wrote “Kick Covid-19 to the Curb!” and “Knock Out Covid-19!” using a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen on shimmery dark blue card stock strips, which I popped up on foam dots to add extra interest and dimension.
I’ll be writing heartfelt notes of appreciation and gratitude for all these medical warriors, and along with my stash cards, I’ll be able to drop off an even dozen cards tomorrow. I feel so blessed and thankful that so far my family members are safe and healthy. I am especially worried about 3 of them who are doctors and all whom are immuno-compromised. I’m also worried about my parents and my husband’s parents who are all in their late 70s and 80s and have underlying illnesses that make them vulnerable. I think all the worrying was making me depressed, but today (after my migraine subsided), I felt energized and with a little purpose making these cards. I know it isn’t much, but it’s something that I hope will brighten these health care workers’ days.
CLICK on the following picture to watch the process video for making all these cards for our medical heroes:
Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!
These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Wedding Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Mood Board Challenge