Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Bit Of Kindness - Share Handmade Kindness Challenge

Hi everyone!  As you may or may not know, I've been playing along with Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness Challenge that she is hosting in the month of November.  I love that she is encouraging all of us to share what we make with others.  You can learn more about the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge by clicking HERE.  Every week, Jennifer is challenging us to share handmade kindness (through cards, baked goods...whatever it is you do) with different people.  This week's challenge is all about sharing handmade kindness with people who work in our communities.  This could be teachers, police, firemen, nurses, doctors, mail carriers....you get the idea.  I decided to play along this week by creating cards for my fellow nurses.

I knew I wanted to include a heart on my card (because nurses really are the heart of healthcare) and I knew I wanted to include an EKG form with some foiling.  Since I don't have mad computer design skills, I Googled "EKG clip art" and used an image I found online.  You can see the image I used by clicking here.

I downloaded this free clip art and printed several of the images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock using my laser printer.  The laser printer is an important factor in using the Heidi Swapp Minc for foiling.  The toner is what binds the foil to the paper...so an inkjet printer won't work for this.  If you don't have access to a laser printer at home, you can take your image to a copy center and have it printed there.

Once I had cut the EKG images with a stitched circle die, it was time to add some foil using my Heidi Swapp Minc Mini.  I opted to use SILVER this time.  I know!  Crazy huh?  I thought I would give you guys a tiny little break from the gold (but not for long).  I used the DecoFoil silver transfer foil and my Minc to add foil to my printed images.  These just shine!  I'll show you exactly how I did this in the video tutorial below.  You can see another project I created with the Minc Mini by clicking HERE.

I cut several heart from Smooth Bristol card stock.  I used the Smooth Bristol because I find it easier to blend on this particular card stock using Distress Inks.  I used my mini ink blending tool and three colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Festive Berries) to create an ombre effect on the hearts.

For the sentiment on today's cards, I'm using two stamps from the Acts of Kindness stamp set from Hero Arts.  This stamp set is full of beautiful sentiments, all about kindness.  And what makes it even more awesome is that Hero Arts is donating 25% of the profits from the sales of this stamp set to The Kind Campaign.  The Kind Campaign is an organization dedicated to ending bullying in schools.

I heat embossed a couple of the sentiments on some vellum using ultra fine embossing powder.  I chose a couple of the sentiments.  One might be more appropriate to thank a nurse for caring for you or your loved one.  I thought the "a bit of kindness to brighten your day" sentiment was perfect for sharing with my coworkers.  The fonts in these sentiments just make my heart sing!  And I love that I can use this stamp set year round!

To adhere my hearts to my card front, I used Action Wobble Springs.  I love the interactive element that these add to cards.  I also thought it would kind of make it look like the heart on my card was beating!  I had to cut them down quite a bit to make them fit on the back of my hearts, so I added a little Multi Medium to make sure they were good and stuck to my cards.

I chose to keep the color palate really soft for this card.  I used Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp for my card base.  I love the way the pink, gray and silver play together.  I used the Diagonal Lines background stamp to add a little bit of texture and interest to the card base.  I stamped it using the coordinating Simon Says Stamp Fog ink to keep a monochromatic look.  This simple step really made all the difference in the world.

To finish the card off, I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  These added just the right amount of sparkle to the card without taking away from the beautiful, soft color palate.  I love the way that these Sparkling Clear sequins really go with anything.

I realize that not all of you have the tools for foiling, so I wanted to create another version of this card that anyone could make. I used the same printed EKG clip art for this card.  Instead of foiling it, I left it black.

To tie in the black from the heart beat clip art, I stamped my sentiment directly on to the printed and die cut circle.  I also tied in the black again with some patterned paper along the side of the card.

To add some sparkle and shine to this card, I chose to add a little strip of gold metallic card stock to the card front.  You know I can't stay away from gold for too long!  This card stock is an easy way to add foiled elements to the front of your cards if you don't have the tools for foiling.  And for a little more shimmer, I finished this card off with some Sparkling Clear sequins as well.

I'll walk you through both of these cards in the video tutorial below.  I've also linked all the supplies used in these projects below.

I made several of these cards.  They're perfect for sharing with my coworkers on a busy day.  They'd also make a lovely stationery set for your favorite nurse!  Or share it with a doctor who has really touched your life.

I hope that this has inspired you to create something for someone in your community.  You could use this same idea and change the images for a special teacher, fireman, or police.  Or you could use this design and share a little kindness with some nurses at a hospital in your community.  I also really hope you'll check out Jennifer's Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, because after all, the world could use just a little more kindness.  It's something easy that you and I can do to make the world a little brighter!

Don't forget to check out my Share Handmade Kindness Giveaway post too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll come back soon.  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

Watch The Video

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  1. BEAUTIFUL cards!!!
    LOVE the ELEGANT and THOUGHTFUL design, LOVE the COOL wobble of your inky heart too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and video tutorial :)
    Sending a BIG THANK YOU to YOU Carissa, nurses REALLY ARE AN IMPORTANT part of our communities and APPRECIATED SO MUCH - THANK YOU for ALL you do, EVERY DAY!!!

  2. Your cards are lovely! Both versions are outstanding! I'm sure they will just make your fellow nurses' day! Love all the foil! Thank you for the wonderful care you give patients every day! You're right, nurses really are the HEART of healthcare!

  3. These cards are so beautiful. Such a simple but stunning design. Love your choices of color!

  4. These are so gorgeous, Carissa!!! Your ombre ink blending, foiling and striped pattern paper are the bom-diggity all together!!!!

  5. Gorgeous cards Carissa!! Such a wonderful design!! Love it!!!


  6. Both your cards are beautiful, and thanks for showing us how you made them in the video. I just wanted to let you know, that as a nurse, you make a world of difference in your patient's lives. Thank you for caring.

  7. Such a KIND & thoughtful idea!! GREAT cards.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Grandma Nancy in central IL

  8. Love your cards Carissa! Awesome idea for looking for that clip art mimicking the EKG activity print !! So love it!!
    Amazing cards with all your ombre hearts on the wobble things and foiling...really beautiful cards. I always look forward to your videos. And a huge THANK YOU for being the amazing nurse I know you must surely be! Nurses are the heart and soul of our medical needs. I know your community is blessed to have you.


  9. Beautiful cards! I'm not surprised that you are a nurse, you seem to be such a sweet, loving person. I'm an RN, but haven't worked in the field for many years, I find it amazing how many of my scrapbooking/cardmaking/stamping/papercrafting friends are nurses.
    Thanks for sharing this with us and for all you do for your community.

  10. I am an RN also and had a couple of hospital stays myself in the last few weeks. You are right any nurse is going to appreciate some recognition for a job well done. I left thank you card's for the entire units for each of my hospital stays and had one nurse chance me down as I was leaving to give me a hug and thank me for the card. Loved your card's also and appreciate that you gave those of us who don't have a minc an option too!

  11. Your cards work for me. My two sisters are nurses and they work very hard. thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Wonderful set of cards. I love that you gave 2 versions of the design.

  13. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us and for being part of this worthwhile event.

  14. Carissa, these cards are beautiful.

  15. creative card with the heartbeat on the card.
    stamping sue

  16. Love your amazing cards Carissa....fantastic way to sharehandhamdekindness! Hugs!!

  17. Beautiful cards and a very detailed tutorial! Thank you SO MUCH!

  18. As a fellow Nurse I must admit the EKG strip and heart caught my attention. Beautiful creations!

  19. What a fantastic idea - love the use of the wobble action to mimic a heart beating.

  20. Thank you first and foremost for your kindness to others.Love the cards.You are wonderful

  21. Thank you first and foremost for your kindness to others.Love the cards.You are wonderful

  22. Hi! I found your blog from Jennifer McGuire's and I love your card! I wanted to share the project I made for the SHK challenge! Two of these went to my radiation techs and one to a woman who was on her 2nd to last day of radiation!

    Thanks for all you do :)

  23. Hey Carissa, I'm an RN (but disabled now) too :D Yayyy! Love your card design! I can't do much anymore, but I can try to CAS your lovely card. Great job and keep up the caregiving best you can. We're rooting for you!!!

  24. Carrisa- Thank you for your nursing work first ! The nursing work is hard work & very demanding. This is such an awesome card. I think you created a great card! Beautiful work and just perfect pattern very clever ! Thanks for sharing with us & for participating in Jennifer McGuire's kindness campagin.

  25. Beautiful cards! Clean and simple and well thought-out. Thanks for sharing.

  26. These fun cards also look sooo elegant, with the way you created everything. Love the details! Thank you for a great video.

  27. Soooo cute and clever using the EKG strip!!

  28. Thanks for the great card and for all the work you do in your community.I have the heart punch and worn lipstick distress ink which you've inspired me to use.
    Thanks, Sharon

  29. Absolutely love the design! You should sell them-I wanted to buy 30 of them :D