I gave this little ATC card to my daughter Hannah on Monday. I made it the night before as I sat at my craft table and thought about her and prayed for her. She would be facing her first "real" week of high school finals this week. Good grades do not always come easily for her. She has to study hard and really apply herself.
I have been very proud of how well she has transitioned from being homeschooled or going to a small Christian school her whole life to going to a very large public high school that has very high academic standards. She makes good choices and shows strong balance in her life. She loves fun, music and friends like any normal teenager - but she also loves the Lord and it is evident in her walk.
I wrote her a little note on the back of the card telling her how proud I was of her. I never really heard that growing up - and I hope that she knows how important it is to me that she believes me. =)
*I used watercolors for the background. I first painted it red and then after it dried, I painted a wash of black over that. I then took an absorbant paper towel and blotted it dry. I was pretty happy with the result. I then painted the black circles...I love circles =) and then sharpied around them. Then I stamped the bird images using Staz On Jet Black. I believe they are Studio G brand found in the $1 section at Michael's. I colored in the heart using a red Glaze pen and finished it off by writing "Soar" and adding details with my Black PITT artist pen. Those have become a favorite, by the way!*