I’m a big believer in being kind. I like to do kind things for strangers, and for people that I know. Not only does it make my heart happy, I like to think it makes others happy, too. There are so many things in the world that we can’t control, but we can choose what we put forth into the world – and I choose kindness.
While brainstorming my newest design team project for crescendoh.com, I was inspired by the Ordinary Sparkling Sentiments stamp set, and just knew they’d make some great Random Acts of Kindness cards (RAK cards). I’ve already given some of these cards away, and will carry the rest with me daily so I can brighten someone’s day when a situation arises or inspiration strikes. You can leave your finished cards just about anywhere…
Some people carry RAK cards that say something like “Smile – you’ve been gifted with a Random Act of Kindness”, which they hand to the person who is receiving their good deed, but in this case the cards themselves are the act of kindness and speak for themselves. You can certainly give them along with something else, but they’re nice on their own as well.
There are a million ways you can make, customize, and embellish your RAK Cards – here’s how I made mine: I started with Strathmore Watercolor paper, and cut the sheets into smaller pieces. I created the painted surface by first brushing on a mixture of Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic, walnut ink, and water. While the color mixture was still wet I loosely brushed on some watered-down gesso, and then sprinkled on a bit of metallic gold or silver powder (Schmincke) while the cards were still wet. Don’t worry if your color application isn’t uniform, or if your gesso blends with the color and/or drips off the edge of the cards. I applied my color and gesso very freely, and allowed the two surface treatments to blend together.
Once the card dried I stamped a quote onto the card using black StazOn ink. On some cards I also stamped another image, like a flower, a heart, or a butterfly.
The last step, before handing out these RAK cards and brightening someone’s day, is embellishment. I embellished my cards by punching out shapes, adding ribbon hangers and attaching rhinestones, but the possibilities are endless. Consider using beautiful scraps of paper or lace, beads, or buttons to embellish your RAK cards.
Where would you leave these cards if you were to give them to strangers, friends, and family? Would you pair them with another gift? I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions…