Hi friends! Have you ever donated a hand knit hat to the hospital for newborns or made a blanket for Project Linus? Have you sold cards to benefit a charity or sent cards to Operation Write Home? There are so many opportunities to reach others with our crafts. I thought with Memorial Day and Independence Day coming up it would be nice to make a patriotic themed cards that would be suitable for a cards for soldiers type of charity. As with ANY of my projects feel free to make them and sell them for charity or otherwise. 🙂
Fun Fact: Most of the card-making magazines donate the cards that get sent to them to charity after they are published if artists do not request them back, yet another reason to submit your work! Watch the video to learn how to make this card, you might pick up a new technique!
- Cardstock (cream, kraft, navy)
- White glossy photo paper (or any white cardstock but it looks COOL on the photo paper!)
- Baker’s Twine
- Mesh Ribbon
- Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
- Embossing folders of your choice
- Rubber stamps (I used the Route 66 set from Local King Rubberstamps, thanks to Lisa-the owner- for sharing her marker technique with me!)
There are many charities to send you handmade items too. I mentioned Operation Write Home which sends boxes of A2 sized cards to American soldiers stationed overseas.
Cardmaker Magazine has compiled a list of other charities you might also want to send your cards and crafts too.
Handcrafting With Love also has a huge list with lots of donation opportunities for knitters and fabric artists here but the website has not been updated in over a year so double check to make sure the organizations listed still need the items before starting a project. Always check out a charity before donating.
Let me know your favorite charity you craft for and leave it in the comments! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!