Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

3 Reasons Your Hand Made Gift Means More

Heartache and brokenness can make life feel bitter and unbearable at times. Have you ever wondered how you can help bring some sweetness into the life of someone struggling through a difficult time? Daniel has come back again today with three reasons paper crafted goodies make a truly encouraging option for gift-giving.


Hey y’all! I’m back today as promised with another project focused on Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s talk about gift-giving and paper crafting.

Just this week, in my e-mail inbox, I heard from several of my friends in the paper crafting community experiencing the pain of sickness and loss of family members. Some of them thanked me for the post I wrote about how paper crafting makes a difference in our mental health.

Today, I want to share with you why our handmade projects can mean a lot more than purchasing a gift. When our friends and neighbors hit a rough patch in life, we often have no idea what to say. Sometimes, saying nothing means more than words if accompanied with a show of handmade goodness. Here are three reasons handmade goodies can mean the world for someone struggling.

  1. A Hand Made Gift Says, “I really see you.”
    When struggling to get through a valley, people can often feel like unnoticed and uncared for. That feeling can actually lead to suicidal ideation and self-harm. A simple hand made gift that reflects your personal relationship with that person in some way, can help turn back those terrible feelings of being invisible. Adding the person’s favorite color, animal, flower, or place, can make a paper crafted item say more than the sentiment you stamp on the front.
  2. A Hand made Gift Says, “I am with you and for you.”
    Not only do people feel unnoticed, but they can feel alone in their battle. They can feel like no one can help them. They may believe their struggle is their own to bear. During dark times like a funeral or a break-up, you may have no words to heal your friend. But a hand made card can say solidarity and “I am with you” better than a words. (Especially if accompanied by a pan of lasagna or taco casserole.)
  3. A Hand Made Gift Says, “You matter to me.”
    We live in an increasingly narcissistic world where the flashiest and most scandalous displays get the most views and likes and shares. People feel more and more like they do not matter in their world. Three times a week I pass a sign on my way to church that says, “Don’t Give Up.” It’s a hand made sign in someone’s front yard. Another yard a half-mile aways has a hand made sign that says “You Matter.” After seeing them for the first time, I changed my route to church just to add some encouragement along the way. Your hand made card can mean the difference between someone giving up and someone pushing through. It says, “You matter to me. Keep going. Don’t give up.”

For my card project today, I decided to use the Colorado Craft Company Daffodil Mice by Kris Lauren along with the Shadow Box by Brandi Kincaid, EBE dies. I paired these with the Essential Ovals EBE Dies to create a window that looks into another window in the shadow box.

Steps to Create this Project

  1. First, I cut an oval out of the front panel of an A2-sized card base.
  2. Then, I opened it up and added some Royal Treatment Ink from Catherine Pooler onto the inside right panel with a blending brush.
  3. Next, I die cut the shadow box element out of white cardstock using a Gemini Junior and sliced of a small sliver of the single tab with a paper trimmer.
  4. I also, used a bone folder to press the tabs on the die cut shadow box.
  5. Then, I die cut the center rectangle out of the shadow box die cut.
  6. After that, I adhered that tab onto the inside of the front flap of the card with double sided adhesive and adhered the back flap of the shadow box to the ink-blended panel.
  1. Next, I stamped and colored my images — 4 of the tulips and the mouse from the Daffodil Mice set — using Sketchmarker Pro markers and Copics.
  2. After die cutting them, I noticed one of my tulips with off-centered because the die moved in the machine. So I added a few more petals to it and some details to the stem and colored it all in. You can see this “fix” on the inside right tulip.
  1. Next, I adhered all my die cuts to the front and inside of my card with liquid adhesive. I added a couple extra blank die cuts to the backs of my tulips on the front panel to hide the coloring.
  2. To finish it all off, I added a “Hi!” sentiment from the CCC Daffodil Mice set to the front–heat embossing it on black cardstock with White Detail Embossing Powder and die-cutting it out. And on the inside, I used a Casual Taglines sentiment strip I had already created.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and the encouragement shared. What are some of the reasons you enjoy receiving a hand made gift?

You can find a list of all the supplies I used to create this project below! I hope you have a wonderful Mental Health Awareness Month!

Daniel

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