“The invariable mark of wisdom
is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few weeks ago I posted my five favorite gratitude quotes and this one by Emerson reminds me that I would be wise to spend time acknowledging everyday miracles. I think it’s a miracle that, in our busy lives, there’s always at least one person who does something that seems common, but it improves our day in some way. One of my new goals is to be more intentional about expressing genuine gratitude and that’s going to include lots of thank you notes. I’m gonna need a stash.
This week I made two square thank you cards using the same stamp technique but with different designs. The technique I used is heat embossing – using ink, embossing powder, and a heat gun to created a raised sentiment. I love the look and feel; it gives a card a little something special. I have to practice more because I was pressing too hard on my stamp and the words were spreading too much. (It’s worth it to test your technique in advance.) Here are some good directions on how to heat emboss, but there’s one thing they don’t mention: you need to rub an Embossing Magic bag across your card before you stamp for a nice, clean impression. What a difference it made!
For the card on the right, I used the Lilybee Design Autumn Spice paper pack. For the card on the left (my favorite of the two), I cut a triangle out of white card stock and used gold washi tape to create the stripes. I glued the triangle to one corner of the card then rounded the corners. I really like the colors.
How do you show gratitude? Do you have a stash of thank you cards you keep on hand?