Awareness Ribbon Handmade Cards
Have you ever noticed that in all the greeting cards sold in this country, there are never cards for awareness issues? You can find a birthday card from your boyfriend to the dog before you can find an awareness card. I myself never realized this fact until my friend, Lisa, told me she had stage 3 Lymphoma. When you find out your friend has cancer, there are so many things you want to say, but the words escape you... at least in my experience anyway. And even though you're not directly experiencing what they are, you're going through it with them just the same.
I wanted Lisa to know that I was there for support and attempted to shop for a gift that would say how I felt, but everything seemed so insignificant at that point. Really, what can you possibly give someone who has just learned they have cancer? No gift in the world seems appropriate. Instead, I a simple card she could keep on her desk would be best to serve as a constant reminder that she wasn't going to fight this alone. Though I'm an avid cardmarker, I was at a complete loss for words and had no idea where to begin, finally deciding to go to the store to buy a generic Hallmark-type. I walked the aisles of cards at my local craft retailer store, and though I found Sympathy, Get Well and Thinking of You cards, none of them said what I really wanted them to.
And then, by pure coincidence, I came across an acrylic stamp named, "Think Pink" from My Favorite Things which featured two women in an embrace, both wearing awareness ribbons. The sentiment was simply, "We're in this together." It was perfect.
I did a little research on awareness colors, found that Lisa's specific type of cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) was symbolized by the color purple, and decided to design my own card for her around the "Think Pink" stamp set. I knew I wanted a pretty basic design, not to distract from the actual stamp and sentiment which I thought was the most important. In just a few hours it had all come together and I was proud of the way it turned out. I hoped LIsa would feel the same.
I'll never forget Lisa's reaction when I first gave her the card. Her eyes immediately welled with tears, and it was now her turn to be speechless. I could tell that it genuinely touched her. Unlike most store-bought, generic cards, a card that is handmade is one-of-a-kind and tells the recipient that it was designed just for them. I wasn't sure if that was what made Lisa cry, or it was just simply the thought, but regardless, it did what it was intended to do - make her understand that I was there for her.
Since then, I have designed awareness cards in all colors for many different awareness issues in the hopes that other would have the same reaction that Lisa had. Though similiar designs are used, no two cards are ever exactly the same. I sell dozens and dozens of these cards each month and send my profits, quarterly, to the corresponding charities. It has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. What is even more touching is when I receive notes from people who really appreciate my cards. It motivates me to do more each day.
These cards can be designed and personalized for any issue. Though they're not much, they're guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face and that alone is worth the time and effort it takes to create them.
Handmade Awareness Cards
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