Anybody else cabin crazy already from the Corona chaos and quarantine? Say that five times fast. Lol. What better way to spend cooped up days than with a craft project? This is a great one to do with children (Anyone else’s school district on a temporary COVID19 hiatus?) because it has a built in science lesson on circuitry!
Some of my happiest crafting memories are from my days working as a freelance project designer for some of the rubber stamp magazine publications and companies. Not only did it give me the opportunity to stay at home with my baby girls but it offered limitless creative inspiration. I still love stamping because for just a little bit of effort you can give someone a “happy mail day”. Have you ever gotten home to find something special in your mailbox that looks fun and inviting to open? (Besides Amazon packages – Lol) It simply brings a big smile to your face and lets you know someone was thinking of you.
We could all use some of that cheer with all the Corona chaos lately. Even if it means wiping your mail down with Clorox wipes first. Kidding not kidding!
Small Effort Yields Big Return
Stamping and crafting a card for someone doesn’t have to be a huge commitment of time or materials. In other words you can brighten someone’s day with the investment of just a few minutes and a couple of bucks.
Pen Pal Anyone?
Did you know lots of people still use “snail mail” and participate in card swaps and pen pals??? It’s even making a comeback you can read about here! Card and letters are an amazing way to connect and be social with others without using social media which probably explains its new popularity surge.
Journaling and hand lettering hobbyists should also take a look at rubber stamping and making handmade cards because they utilize so many of the same talents and supplies.
A Lost Art
Old fashioned letter writing is such a lost art. As a matter of fact I am still best friends with a pen pal I made through rubber stamping! We’ve been friends for over 20 years and have visited each other several times including our birthday trip to Chicago! Who would have thought that such a simple gesture such as exchanging handmade cards could seriously enrich your life that much?
Let’s Get Started
Feeling the urge to give it a try? Let’s get started with this cute “You Light Up My Life” card. This post contains some affiliate links from Amazon for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full privacy and disclosure policy here
I am really drawn to the fun, sweet images featured in the Lawn Fawn line of rubber stamps. I also just like pictures of mice. Funny for a cat lady right?
Gather Your Materials
I used a couple of stamp sets to get all the mice. The first was You’re Just My Type which gave me the desk, lamp, typewriter and paper as well as lots of other charming images. I also always order the matching die cut sets for my die cutting machine because it saves me so much time when cutting out all those tiny pieces. Next, I used the Wild For You set with dies, and finally the Elphie Selfie bundle. Stamp all the pieces onto white cardstock using black, dye based ink. Then I color them with alcohol ink markers because they blend and shade so beautifully.
Time To Make Some Magic!
There are tons of paper choices for your background, just take a walk through your local craft store and choose what “speaks” to you. Chibitronics is what provides the magic to make this card light up. White lights are featured in this project but they have colored options too. You’ll need some foam mounting tape, copper tape, and batteries as well.
Do A Good Deed While You’re At It
When I create a card design that I really enjoy I make a bunch of them to mail to people, causes and even charities like lonely senior citizens, hospitalized children or active duty military personnel. Obviously, you will probably need to wait till after COVID19 has run its course.
I even get my classroom kids in on the act as one of our yearly service projects. They don’t even realize they are learning to be better writers while helping others.
Watch Below For How Easily This Comes Together…
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