by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Work of Art from the Heart

Have you ever had a conversation with someone that left you thinking long after in was over?  Well, I had one of those conversations a couple of days ago.  We were discussing what makes a person want to collect something.  You know what I mean.....we've all collected something.  In my childhood I loved Teddy Bears (still do really), then in my young adulthood I tried to collect every Beanie Babies that came out.  My son has numerous collections and his friends collect all kinds of thing that just don't make since to either one of us.  So in this conversation, a person (who remain'll understand) says to me "Well, how many cards can a person make or have?"  (How could someone ask such a question!?) Well, this caught me off guard and I was unable to answer it.  This question is intriguing and I've thought about it a lot and I think I've finally come up with the answer.  Every card or project I make is not simply a piece of paper, but a work of art from the heart, especially if it's being made for someone special.  This is most true for me when I'm creating a sympathy card.  I put a lot of emotion/thought into the these types of cards and try to have the recipient "feel" this sincere heart felt emotion.

Here is one of those card that I made for a wonderful customer who lost a dear friend to cancer.  I wanted a card with soft neutral colors, but not yet still feminine.  I think it came out pretty nice.  I used a new technique where you rub a piece of card stock with several colors of ink to create a interesting one of a kind tonal background paper.  I even rubbed the ribbon with the same ink colors to make it match the card. 

So, I guess the person who asked me this question just doesn't get it.  Making cards is not just about collecting rubber stamps and craft supplies, it's about making Art from the Heart!


Created by Stacey Cogswell
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