If there are cards we can never plan for, never be prepared for, it’s the time when someone needs a hug, needs us to to let them know we think of them during a difficult time.
I myself am only slowly starting to deal with the sudden and heartbreaking loss of my beautiful little Sissy, who has been by my side for over 13 years. I had to let her go, just 3 days into the new year, and I’ve been numb from pain and consumed by it at the same time – everyone of you who also has a pet knows how much it hurts, and I was so very thankful for the outpouring of support and love from my friends and colleagues. And when I received a “Big Hugs” card from my friend Tara, it was so good, to know that someone cared enough to send me something.
So, even though the topic is very hard to face, I think we should consider having a stack of “Hugs” cards – simply cards that let someone know you care about them when they are going through a rough time.
The card I am sharing today was actually made almost two years ago, for a friend who was going through a very difficult time. It’s bad enough that we most often can’t really do anything for the people who suffer, but never underestimate just how much a piece of paper with some caring words can do for the soul (something I really only start to comprehend now).
I grabbed a wonderful stamp set by Katzelkraft, which I actually purchased because I thought the images were hilarious, but this slightly sad/depressed/in-a-bad-mood elephant was working out perfectly for what I had in mind (I hate traditional condolence/thinking of you cards, I am trying to cheer the person up for just a moment so I feel it’s ok to stretch the definition of those cards a bit).
That’s also one of the reasons why I opted to include the happy rainbow colors – not only does the crafter who received this card often use rainbow paper strips herself, but I also wanted her to know that even after a period of darkness, there is light and color and happiness on the horizon. Even though it might not feel at all like it at that time.
Otherwise, I kept the card simple: just some warm grey Copic colors for the elephant, some simple masking to use Distress inks for the background, and some silver gel pen glitter for the hearts.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope, even though these cards might be difficult to make because they are often not cute or happy, you’ll consider adding some to your stash because when you need them, they are always urgent and they will mean the world to the person you are sending them to. <3
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Update: Quite a few have asked here and via email how to shop Katzelkraft stamps. They ship internationally, and you can find their shipping rates for each country/region on their website under this link: http://www.katzelkraft.fr/en/content/1-delivery
For people in countries which are not listed on that website (zone D), which includes you guys in the US, Canada etc, here are the estimated shipping costs (it will depend on weight):
Shipping without tracking and insurance to the US
- 100g (3.5 ounces) = €5.50
- 250g = 8€
- 500g = 10.50€
The set I used for this card (see link below) would ship for €5.50 to the US. 2 (maybe even 3) sets of the same size would ship for €8. Five sets would maybe even still go for 10.50€. If the weight exceeds 500g, they’ll ship with a carrier like FedEx or UPS with insurance. Again, it will be shown to you when you place the stuff in your basket and enter your shipping address. Beatrice from Katzelkraft was so kind to let me know these approximate shipping costs.
For US peeps, you can also find a selection of Katzelkraft stamps in these two stores: