Hello Sweet Friends. Today is my last post and the last installment of Ink it Forward. I hope you have enjoyed reading this series as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I thought I would end the series with a review of the organizations I’ve profiled, then leave you with some other ideas to consider, and finish off my post with a fun, happy card using some old and new stamps.
During the Ink it Forward series, I profiled five wonderful organization that accept hand made cards and give them to people to brighten someone’s day Here is a quick recap of the organizations profiled during the series:
Card Care Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sympathetic messages and motivational cards to those who face cancer.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids distributes cards to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide each month, as well on as major holidays.
Send Love Today provides emotional support and encouragement to brain tumor patients and their families throughout their difficult journey.
Operation Write Home supports U.S. armed forces by sending blank, homemade greeting cards to write home on, as well as sending them cards of gratitude.
Send a Smile 4 Kids donates handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals.
Every organization has a slightly different mission. Some go to children, some go to adults and some go to entire families. Regardless of the organization, its mission and recipients, they all serve one bigger purpose. They all utilize our talents to some good in the world.
You don’t have to stop at these five organizations either. Consider donating cards to local organizations like hospitals, prisons, nursing homes or homeless shelters. Someone out there could really use your talents for good.
I’m going to leave you with a card I created that I hope will bring good cheer to someone. Now that the fox and hippo have been introduced, I think it’s high time they celebrate and have some fun together. They’re at a party!
I stamped the fox and hippo on Copic Xpress blending paper and colored them with my Copics. Did you notice that one of the hippos is the mirror image of the other? I used a technique my design team mate Nicole shared in this post.
After coloring them, I cut them out and adhered them to black cardstock that I had stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed in white. I paper pieced the banners and added the disco ball, also colored with Copic markers. There you have it!
I used a combination of old and new stamps, all listed below.
Before I sign off, I want to say thanks to everyone for following this series and commenting. I enjoyed sharing with you. I encourage you to keep following the Sweet Stamp Shop blog because they have some amazing designers who will inspire you, teach you and encourage you.