Have you ever sat and thought about why you love paper crafting? Why DO you feel so good melting embossing powder and blending inks with a brush? Why does coloring bring so much joy and clarity? Design Ambassador, Daniel West, has a few reasons paper crafting makes a difference in your mental health.
Many of us celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This month has particular significance to me as I help run a non-profit that provides access to free mental health services in Spanish to our neighbors without insurance or access to services in their native language.
My card today is a bit of encouragement for our executive director. More on the project below.
3 Ways Paper Crafting Makes a Difference in our Mental Health
Part of our program includes a segment on creative therapy. It’s my favorite part of the entire effort!! Here are three of the reasons I believe paper crafting can be an integral part of a therapeutic plan.
- Paper Crafting Redirects Your Mental Energy
Raise your hand if you overthink everything? Sometimes we spend so much of our mental energy on replaying and reviewing every interaction with others. We can spend even more of our thought life imagining every possible outcome of a situation and exponentially accentuating the negatives. Paper crafting can “take your mind off things”, but more than that, it can redirect your mental energy into something positive. Instead of spending all your strength on auto-evaluation, determine to redirect your thoughts toward building your coloring skills, or taking a class on design theory. By redirecting your mental energy from yourself to something creative, you have less time to beat yourself up. You can begin to focus outwardly and constructively.
- Paper Crafting Occupies Your Hands and Heart
When we have nothing to do with our hands and our hearts they can often get us into trouble. You may have heard it said, “The devil finds work for idle hands.” It means we get into mischief when we do not otherwise gainfully occupy ourselves. Paper crafting can replace and addiction. The community around paper crafting can fill a lonely heart with friendship, too. The nature of my work requires many hours of alone time every week. But I occupy my hands and heart with design and creativity while meditating on Scripture and praying.
- Paper Crafting Inspires You to Make a Difference
So many of you have used your paper crafting to bless others and make a difference in their lives. I have seen this community pull together to support each other, to encourage veterans, to cheer the elderly, to help defend Ukraine, and make a difference with many other causes. Paper crafting is a hobby with kindness and encouragement at its foundation. Every time you give a card to someone, you make a difference in their life. When you lay your head down on your pillow at night and think about your day, it’s a wonderful feeling to know you have spent it making a difference for someone else.
About my project today
Violet represent mental health awareness globally. It’s the color of our non-profit’s logo, too. So when I decided to make a card for this month, I chose some new Sketchmarker Pros in violet for my palette.
Steps to create this card.
- First, I stamped the berry sprig image from the Colorado Craft Company Berry Much Slimline stamp set onto the front of an A2-sized card two times with Catherine Pooler Twilight Ink.
- Then, I added some Sixteen Candles ink over the front of the card with a blending brush.
- Next, I stamped the berry sprig again onto some X-Press It Blending Card with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored it in with Sketchmarker Pro and Copic Markers.
- For the berries, I used V60, V70, V80, V81, and V43 from my new Sketchmarker Pros.
- For the leaves I used Copic YG99, YG97, YG95, and covered each leaf with B04.
- For the branches Copic W8 and W6.
- After that, I used the Essential Ovals dies to cut out two different sizes out of white cardstock.
- Then, I heat-embossed some Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder over one of the oval rings and adhered it to the front of the larger oval with liquid adhesive.
- Next, I popped the ovals up over the front of the card base with foam tape, centering them over each other.
- After that, I die cut the sprig with the accompanying die and set it over the front of the entire project with foam tape and liquid adhesive.
- Then, I trimmed off the pieces hanging over the edge of the card and popped one of them up on the left-hand side of the card.
- To finish it all off, I heat embossed the sentiment onto some black cardstock, die-cut it and glued it onto the front of the top oval.
The whole project added two hours to my life. By this I mean, it didn’t take time from me. It added time to my mind, my focus, my joy and my life. Now I have the opportunity to give it to my friend and add to her life, too.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. All the items I used in this post have been listed in the grid below for your convenience.
Have a wonderful Mental Health Awareness Month. I’ll see you tomorrow here on the Ellen Hutson Blog!