This has to be one of my favorite smART ministry stamp sets because it is so versatile, and allows for sending taylor-made encouragement...
For instance, if someone with cancer is going through chemo, and battling extreme weakness, you can ask God to bless the person with strength, then send a card letting the person know exactly how you're praying for them... Or if someone has a weighty decision to make, you can send a card showing that you're asking God to bless him/her with wisdom...etc.
Additionally, the saying and specific encouraging word can be used together inside, or outside the card, OR separately with the saying outside, and the word inside. This is great for having cards with the saying all made up, then stamping the appropriate word inside as needed... PLUS the font is male/female appropriate, and can be used with almost any style of stamping.
Now take a look at what Marcelle Schauer did with her God Bless set of rubber! She made wedding favors!
"I know this is not a card, but my former Pastor's wife needed help in printing rocks for her daughter's beach wedding in a few weeks. I immediately thought of the words from smARTworks that I received af few months ago and voila, 100 beach rocks ready to be taken from the tray. Thank you smARTworks for the great stamps." ~ Marcelle Schauer
A spin-off on this... reminder stones -- smooth stones stamped with a single word to be carried in the pocket, or set on a nightstand, etc., and used as a visible, concrete reminder that whoever presented it, is praying for God to grant whatever has been stamped on the stone to the recipient. I've done this before, and it always becomes a treasured possession -- giving something tangible to hold/finger during a difficulty, and something to remember once the difficulty has passed.
I have also made reminder stones for myself, to keep in a pocket, so that every time the stone is touched, I remember to pray very specifically for something, or someone... Sort of makes me think of the 'pillars of stone' God often instructed the Israelites to set up...
So in the day when your children ask, "What do these stones mean?" You will remember My wonderful acts, and tell your children what the Lord your God has done for you... (paraphrased from several Old Testament examples)
Now for a couple of rock stamping tips:
* Smooth rocks work best.
* Make sure rock is dust-free and dry.
* Method #1 (Inked)-- Use permanent ink such as Staz-On, and heat set.
* Method #2 (Embossed)-- Gently swipe an anti-static pad across stone, stamp with appropriate ink such as Versamark, sprinkle with powder, tap/brush off any excess powder, and heat set. Allow rock to cool before touching. If embossed rock will be handled a lot, use an appropriate sealer over the embossing (i.e. one of the Krylon sprays).
* Method #3 (Decoupaged)-- Stamp words on tissue paper, cut or tear out, then decoupage onto rock using a medium such as Modge Podge or Future floor polish. Allow to dry.
*** As always, before using any product, make sure to read safety precautions.
Card Details --
Stamps: WD-219 God Bless (shown above), FL-24 Happy Duo, Ink: Big and Juicy Soothing Sunset, and Versafine Onyx Black, Black Flower Layer: Cuttlebug Die, Sm. Flower Punches: PBS5, Flower Center: Lady Bug Spots.