In honor of Valentine's month, I was thinking of incorporating a heart into my February mindfulness cards. I had been playing with smaller chipboard hearts and chains and liked this look. However, the die-cut hearts I had were too small for a 4 x 6 size card. So, I cut a larger freehand heart to use on my cards.
I painted the hearts a bronze-copper color and rubbed the edges with a black ink pad for a distressed look. I then draped a chain around the heart and connected the ends with a lock and key charms.
The background is chipboard covered with aluminum foil tape. I used a retracted ballpoint pen to create "rivets" along the borders and seams.
The word that I zeroed in on for this month's card was "forgiveness." I searched for a quote to put on the back of the card but in the end I decided to use just the word. I had a set of metal alphabet stamps to deboss metal. These worked like a charm to imprint "forgiveness" into a piece of aluminum foil tape. To make the letters pop, I wiped black acrylic paint over the letters.
When I showed this card to a friend of mine, she said "I understand this card. We hold onto the pain or anger to protect the heart but then we are not free." I responded, " and forgiveness releases us from the chains that bind." I have been trying to practice forgiveness. It is a hard thing to do, but I am hoping it gets easier with practice.