I have two friends who need cheering up and a bit of TLC at the moment. One is in hospital having a bowel cancer operation, and the other is a 96-year-old gentleman who is having a hip replacement. They are both very much in my thoughts and prayers at the moment, and I thought they would like to receive a hand-made card.
For Val I have made this:
I embossed a panel for the front of the card, using my Cuttlebug with the Stylized Flowers embossing folder. The embellishment was cut using two punches, one a plain circle and the other scallopped. The edges were lightly inked with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and the centre was rubber stamped. The embellishment was mounted on dimensionals. The text around the edge was written by hand, and the sentiment was a rubber stamp on a small piece of card, which was also lightly inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
For the inside, I printed the text on the computer, and then sprayed with hair spray to fix the ink - not brilliant as it did bleed a little, and there is also a smell of hair spray when you open the card!! (I think I'd better get some artists' fixative, lol!) I then sprayed it with Tim Holtz DIY glimmer mist in two colours - spun sugar and forest moss distress reinker with perfect pearls. The edges were inked with distress inks using the ink tool, in forest moss and Victorian velvet, with a touch of Pummice Stone.
The paper wasn't that great quality, and it did curl quite a bit when damp. Actually I quite like the wrinkled effect, as it looks a bit like old parchment now it's been distressed! This insert has now been folded and glued to the inside of the card.
I can't remember where I got the poem about Cancer, but the words are so beautiful, and I know that they will really ring true with her. The words are probably too small to read on the photo, so here they are:
WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away at peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection. (Anonymous)
For Eric I have made a more "manly" card.
For full details of materials and techniques, please see the video.