Mixed Media Motivational Cards

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Back before my oldest started college I created a set of cards with motivational messages with the intention to send her at least one a month while she was away. At the time I had planned on blogging about them… but that was over four years ago and I can’t find the original pictures now. What I do have are some pictures of the completed/sent motivational cards and a brief how-to:

motivational cards by tamdoll - It always seems impossible until it's done. - Nelson Mandela motivational cards by tamdoll - Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss motivational cards by tamdoll - Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. motivational cards by tamdoll - Train your mind to see the good in Everything motivational cards by tamdoll back view of scrapbook papers

How-to:

  1. I started by gluing scrapbook papers to the backs of discarded playing cards. I just spread glue all over large 12 x 12 pages and adhered the cards to them side-by-side. When the glue dried, I cut out each individual card.
  2. Next, I painted, collaged and stenciled each one. In hindsight, I could have done this before cutting them all out.
  3. I knew I wanted to them to hang on a key ring, so I punched holes in the corner of each with my spring-loaded hole punch. It wasn’t easy punching through all the layers of paper, paint and glue – I even tried using a drill on a few of them.
  4. Lastly, I gathered quotes and phrases to print and glue on, or write out. Embellishing with rub-ons and markers and gel pens was the final step. The first package was sent with a colorful binder ring (those things are great to store rubber bands, hair elastics, etc..).

I didn’t end up sending them as often as planned, but did include a best friend, and then my youngest when she started college. When I’d visit I’d see them posted on bulletin boards, or clipped at their bedside, so I know they were appreciated!

From creating, to shipping each envelope, this was a fun project I would definitely do again.

Curious about the hearts in the photos? – Those were made back in 2011, and I have a brief how-to at tamdoll.blogspot.com.

Motivational cards? Postal mail art? What will you create to send to someone special?

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