This post is part of the ‘inspirational stories for women’ and ‘stories that heal’ series. This is such a fun project, I had to share it with you. Of course, we know that fun is deeply healing!
During holiday countdown, the idea of crafting a gift may elicit groans of despair rather than holiday cheer. Nonetheless, once you start, the joy of creativity takes over, and the effort you put in gets returned to you tenfold, especially with such a delightful project.
Creating a gift can help you slow down and be in the moment, and experience the true joy of giving. To quote Rainer Maria Rilke: “All this hurrying will soon be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.”
Angel cards are useful coaching tools or for personal use whenever an inspiring word or ‘angelic guidance or assistance’ is needed. Some people use them everyday, once a week, or even once a season.
Hand-made Angel Cards are easy and fun to do. Here’s how:
On my computer I created three pages of words, three columns of ten words each, i.e., 30 words per page for a total of 90 words. I kept it simple and used Times New Roman, font size 16. If you have the time and inclination, you can make the fonts more varied and expressive, or even hand print the words.
I printed each page on a different pastel-colored cardstock. White is fine, too.
Next comes playtime! Using watered down acrylic paints, I borrowed Laura West’s fab technique of using a credit card edge (you know those sample “Your Name Here” cards that come in the mail? Great artist’s tool!) to scrape paint across the page. Markers, watercolors and brushes work fine as well, as long as the words are legible. Scrapes, drips, splashes, squiggles – anything goes. I used stickers and glitter paint as well.
Each one is its own little mini-painting.
Bundle them up and tie them with a bow.
Ready to give!
As I played, I thought with love of the person who would receive them and I know my good wishes for that person are part of the gift. Success is surely in the cards for this project!
Bonus: Here is the list of words I used:
Love Compassion Renewal
Gratitude Forgiveness Variety
Adventure Communication Community
Connection Nourishment Tenderness
Self-Awareness Flexibility Purification
Patience Sisterhood Faith
Enthusiasm Light Delight
Serenity Devotion Beauty
Courage Justice Awe
Grace Synthesis Peace
Relaxation Warmth Purpose
Appreciation Gentleness Timeliness
Contentment Open-Hearted Lovingkindness
Communication Justice Creativity
Obedience Serenity Self-Awareness
Dignity Birth Power
Blessing Joy Zest
Responsibility Abundance Confidence
Spontaneity Redemption Understanding
Focus Ease Effectiveness
Honesty Truth Healing
Simplicity Growth Inspiration
Strength Freedom Remembrance
Support Trust Wisdom
Protection Energy Transformation
Clarity Play Grace
Encouragement Sweetness Confidence
Knowledge Sureness Thankfulness
Sparkle Freshness Bloom
Obedience Cherish Care
Reba Linker is author and coach specializing in inspirational books for women. Her book, Follow the Yarn, leads by example, daring and encouraging others to ‘follow their own yarn,’ tell their own stories, and discover their own true voice.