When my husband and I joined our church, we were given name tags. They weren’t the ordinary printed kind; instead someone had painstakingly embroidered each of our names alongside the shield that is the symbol for our denomination (Episcopalian). It was a very personal gesture of welcome that we, having only recently moved to the area, really appreciated.
So when it came time to come up with an idea for the Bring Out Your Chinas Convention swag bag, I wanted to do something that would give the participants that seem feeling of personal welcome. I am really good with the idea of welcoming.
I am not so good with numbers. Or estimating time. It’s not like a didn’t know there would be forty or so participants, which would mean designing and coloring forty cards. In the past I have shied away from Trading Card swaps because I wasn’t sure I could finish the two or three cards required. Yet for some strange reason I just didn’t think much about the scale of this a project. Needless to say, I really know what forty or more cards means now!
Still it was a fun break from my ordinary work. The horses (and a few dogs) are mounted on patterned or textured cardstock, and I got to play with colors that I don’t usually get to use – like Jackie Arns-Rossi’s card with the spring green background above.
This was one of my favorites of the group, done for fellow Collie person Mel Miller (her name is on the outside of the card holder).
The rest of them can be seen here. There are five pages in all, so look for the links at the bottom to take you to the next page.