Card parties and out reach ministries

I wanted to set up a page dedicated to teaching and outreaching on the small and larger scale.  The average person like you and me rub shoulders with thousands of people in the course of our adult lives.  What would happen if for a season of our life we reached out with our art: our card making and worked at encouraging others in the circumstances of their lives?  I've been doing this a long time and I have seen good things happen through this medium and I would like to share how I do this!  My primary mission is to reach out with the Gospel.  I do not  try to impose  my bible or my beliefs.

I understand you may not have those beliefs or that ambition, but I'd still like to help you  with teaching  and reaching.  So if your would like to start having card parties  for what ever reason I am writing up these little articles to help you do that and be a success.
I hope these tutorials will help you To:

 Have fun with other crafty friends,

Teach others to make cards.

Become a demonstrator.

Start a card ministry.

Tutorial #1
Starting Up Card Parties , especially for the beginner.

Tutorial #2
Card Parties for the intermediate group

Tutorial #3
Card Parties for the advanced group.

Tutorial #4
Becoming a demo

Tutorial #5
Starting a card ministry in your local church.

Tutorial #1

Starting  your Card parties is much easier than you think!  A real key here is not to over think this.  If you are starting with brand new 'I've never made a card before' people  you have to keep it simple or you will loose them before the glue dries!  I will start with that group. 

Keep it simple and keep it small, I would have no more than 3 at the most 4 people in this category.  these newbies will ask you all kinds of questions  and keep you busy demonstrating how to hold the stamp and how to use adhesive.    For this group I would plan on your activity period lasting 90 minutes.  Have three sample cards prepared and packaged in kits, each card in it own package - use a baggie, a cello bag and have everything they will need.  You don't need to give them a supply list, once they start stamping they will get it!!  If you use liquid glue, make sure you tell them how to use it and where they can buy it, same for the runners, they are easy to use but not everyone can afford them.   
For the first card keep it really simple. Demo how to ink up the stamp, center image and then press image on to the paper.  Have lots of practice paper. A key here is is a very attractive background paper to keep their interest.  Make the first card EASY!!!  Your guests will feel encouraged and eager to move on to the next project

Here is an example of a simple card to start with:

Simple supplies cut and ready to basically just assemble.  Use a good heavy weight card stock for the base.

Who wouldn't love this.  I did change my verse stamp, I was having a hard time getting that older stamp inked correctly

You can even stamp your focal images  ahead of time for your guests.

These cards are the half sheet size, the printed paper was from a 6.5x4.5 stack and black liners cut from an 8.5x11 sheet of 65lb sheet of card stock.  One card would cost about 35 cents to make. with an envelope.  Charging for your classes will often be appropriate and that charge depends on the area you live in, but it is something to keep in mind

Next, The intermediate group.

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