If you haven't seen Tinniegirl's amazing new item, "Messages From The Universe", go look at them here. They are really great!
I thought it was quite a coincidence that she posted this great new item on Sunday, since that was approximately the day I was photographing my own affirmation cards that I call "The Basics". I created these little affirmation cards many, MANY years ago and they were inspired by the artist SARK, who has written many books on being an artist and being creative. I have Inspiration Sandwich and A Creative Companion and in one of them she wrote about creating affirmation cards by hand using rag paper, bright colors and then tying them together with bright string. I don't know what messages she used but she only made about 1000.
I was so taken by that idea of hand-making affirmation cards and I thought I could make some of my own, creating them to delight me and use messages that were so simple, they could be three words long. I knew there were affirmation cards in the market already but not many that you could actually tuck into your pocket, which is another thing I really wanted.
I made mine from brown cardboard that is easily found and cut them to 2" by 1 1/2" cards. I then hand wrote the messages and added simple symbolic artwork and sewed little muslin bags with colored 1/8" ribbon to tie each batch up portfolio-style.
Here is what they look like:
I have made many of these little cards through the years and sold or given them away and they always get an enthusiastic response. A set of these will be part of the big "Bag of Goodies" giveaway for the Joy Doll Project...
When I am able to open my etsy shop, I plan on selling these little gems - would you consider buying them for yourself or your friends?