Hello. Today I have a video showing a “Crafty Kindness Package” that I put together… and am giving away! (Six of them, in fact!)
When I decided to host the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, I also decided to send a bunch of “Crafty Kindness Packages” to crafting friends in the industry – – folks who inspire me, define kindness, etc. I worked on these for weeks (with the help of some loved ones) and had so much fun! I plan to make a few varieties of this package to send to friends for Christmas. I hope it inspires a gift idea for you, too.
Note: All of the specific packaging, supplies, etc. that I used for the packages are listed in thumbnails at the end of this post.
I had my graphic designer (thanks, Liz!) design these fun and simple “Random Quotes of Kindness”… and then I die cut them with the Simon Says Stamp word bubble die. You can write a quick message on the back and tape them somewhere to surprise someone. My friend Heather has created more of these Random Quotes of Kindness and is selling them on Etsy HERE… with 20% of the proceeds are going to the Kind Campaign! (I am not making money from this… and I am just super happy that Heather is making them available to anyone who is interested. And be sure to stop by Heather’s blog, too, for giveaways!)
Over the summer, I hired several lettering artists that I found on Instagram (listed below) to create kindness quotes. I printed the quotes at my local Office Depot (or you can do it at home with a laser printer) and then used my Minc Machine to add foiling.
I used gold, silver, and turquoise Thermoweb Deco Foil (my favorite) and just did one card after another. I created over 1800 cards this way since the technique is fast. If you don’t have a Minc Machine, you can also use a laminator. Check THIS and THIS video for help. (Oh, and sorry the pictures are not the best!)
I do have one of these pieces available for download for FREE! The “kindness is magic” was created by dear friend Kristina Werner. All you have to do is go HERE and download the file… print it… cut it in half… foil it… and score it! You can make a set of handmade notecards in no time. If you don’t have the tools for foiling, you can print the cards and add some colorful stamping around the edges. (BTW – when you “check out” at Kristina’s site, it will ask for a billing address but WILL NOT ask for payment at all. It just says “Your order is free. No payment is required.”)
I also created clear envelope seals and put them in a small glassine envelope. (I had these made at Sticker Giant, but you can create your own with stamps and a circle die.) In the other package are some playful temporary tattoos.
I also put a stamped and hand-written note in each box. You can see it in this photo on the top right. (This photo was taken by my friends at IPSOCreative – the folks who did my website. I included stamping blocks and ink pads since they aren’t stampers.)
When making these packages, I put together six extra boxes to give away here. (See below.) I am hoping that these inspire you to create your own “kindness packages” to share with loved ones. Many of these things can be made by hand!
Here are some bits of info that may be helpful:
- I hired several great artists (most of whom I found on Instagram) for the quotes on these cards: Small Made Goods, Noeltheartist, sampalencia_, Patricklaurent, dancrawnwords, andreacenon, Kristina Werner
- Several of the items purchased for these packages have proceeds going to the Kind Campaign – a great anti-bullying non-profit. Please be sure to check it out.
- The Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is almost over, but you can still participate! I will be doing future challenges, also. But we should keep on creating and sharing for the kindness of it.
I have SIX of these kindness packages to send out! For your chance to win one, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/2/15 telling me a bit of good news. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! All products were purchased and donated by me.)
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.