Monday, August 12, 2019

Hold On To Hope

Hope....what a beautiful word.  The power that simple, one syllable word imparts is life-breathing.  I've grappled with overwhelming situations and emotions, and hope - in the form of Jesus - is what kept me moving forward.  Hope is so powerful that to intentionally crush someone's hope isn't just mean and hurtful - it's cruel.
At our church's recent kids' camp, our pastor gave the campers a buzz phrase that was direct and simple to remember: You + Mission = Hope  

Making and sending cards is my mission to give others hope.  I love to write personal messages in my handmade cards and I pray as I write each one that the words I'm given would deliver hope to the one I'm writing to.  The last knot of a person's rope is Hope and I refuse to be the one to untie it.  Everyone needs hope.  No one is excluded from that need, which means it's always the right time to send a card.  

Stampin' Up!'s Hold On To Hope rainbow card by Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

How To Make This Rainbow Card:

  1. Cut Thick Whisper White cardstock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2".  Score at 4-1/4" and fold.
  2. Cut (4) 6" x 1/2" strips of 2108-2020 In Color DSP Stacks paper in each of the five colors.  Cut (4) 6" x 1/2" strips of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  You should have a total of 24 strips.
  3. To save paper, die-cut the middle of a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I used a butterfly die, but any shape will do (see photos below).
  4. Cover with adhesive a 4-7/8" x 3-5/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  You can use SNAIL or Multipurpose Glue
  5. Starting in the middle, adhere one of the 6" x 1/2" strips diagonally.  It should stretch from the top right corner to the bottom left corner.  
  6. Continue to adhere the strips in rainbow order until the cardstock piece is covered.  Trim excess strips.
  7. Glue covered panel to Basic Black mat.  Glue to card base.
  8. Stamp "Hold On To Hope" sentiment in Versamark ink onto scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat set with a Heat Tool.  Trim to desired size.
  9.  Adhere die-cut to card base.  Place Stampin' Dimensional down on card base where you want your Silver Metallic Thread to be.
  10. Wrap Silver Metallic Thread around fingers several times, slide off and pinch center with fingers, and stick on to Dimensional.
  11. Adhere sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals.
You can leave off the Silver Metallic Thread and this card still looks great!

Tip: Die-Cut from your cardstock mat to save paper

Die-Cut from cardstock mat is hidden by top panel!

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