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Colorful Blessings: Cards to Color and Share Hardcover – February 8, 2016
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My recent purchases from this publisher had led me to expect only a few with Biblical reference but it turns out that there are 32 cards with actual scriptural cites on them. There are an additional seven which deal with God or other religious connotations. Finally, there are five general feel-good cards. I was surprised in a very good and happy way to see a larger focus on both Old and New Testament verses.
The cards are 4.25 x 3.25 inches. Most have the designs printed horizontally on the card (29 of them) with an additional 15 vertical designs. The card stock weight is very good and heavy. The front of the cards have a good tooth feel for good coverage for coloring pencils. The back of the card has a glossy finish that feels as if there is some type of coating on it.
I have been pondering how to use these cards and have decided I really like them as cards versus note cards. I can always mount them on blank cards if I wish to use them that way (as I do when I make cards with rubber stamp techniques.) They are also item to have on hand when our church home group meets at our house. It will be a fun way to take a break or to end the evening.
The designs are printed fairly small and I found that using my ultra-fine markers, smaller nib gel pens, and hard lead coloring pencils worked the best for me. Some of the cards have tiny areas to color but that is to be expected with such a small coloring area.
None of of my coloring medium bled through this paper. Not even the alcohol-based markers had a color shadow which makes it some of the best coloring card stock I have used. It is a really heavyweight and will stand up to being carried around for an on the go project. My coloring pencils worked well but there wasn't really enough surface to do much with blending; however, when I tested them, the soft lead pencils did blend well. In the comments section below, I will list the coloring medium I used to test these cards.
Each card boasts an inspirational quote or verse nestled within imaginative backgrounds with a hand drawn look and whimsical style and the cards are very heavy card stock and markers do not bleed through this paper.
1. This set comes in a quality cardboard box with 44 small very card stock cards that measure 4 1/8” high x 3 1/8” wide
a. The focal point of each card is an inspirational verse or bible verse (with biblical reference) or one powerful word, like TRUST.
b. Then imaginative, colorable, backgrounds surround these uplifting verses. You will find backgrounds filled with Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, a Turtle, Fish, Sheep, Paisleys, Whimsical Owls, and even one with cabins all in a hand drawn look and whimsical style.
c. You will want to use Colored Pencils, Gel Pens or ultra fine tip markers and a steady hand to color these small images with tiny details, or just leave the card blank for the recipient to color.
d. Yeah, all markers acid based like Bic Mark it and Sharpie or water based like Staedtler Triplus or Tomboy can be used and do not bleed through to the back of these cards.
e. The back of each card is blank so you can add a note or sign it.
f. These are wonderful to use as gift cards, add to greeting cards or keep in your purse for coloring on the go.
g. I was surprised at just how small the box is, it is only 4 ½” wide, x 1” wide and 3 ½ “tall so it easily fits in a small purse or large pocket.
H. There are no duplicates in this box.
as you can see, I took a picture so you can compare the size of some leaves to the size of a regular color pencil tip.
To be honest, some parts are very hard to color.
As for a description of the cards, they are approximately 3x5 cards (actually a tiny bit smaller, maybe 3x4inch?) and they are made of thick card stock (thicker than index cards). The side with the blessing to be colored stands up to coloring pencils or gel ink and the opposite side is blank (to write a personal message? that's what I did) however it is coated in a gloss and it did smear a little when I didn't let it dry enough.
Some Examples of the Blessings: "You are God's masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10" "Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8" "You are precious to God." "The Lord bless you and keep you. Numbers 6:24" "A happy heart makes the face cheerful. Proverbs 15:13" "God is love. 1 John 4:8"
"You are one of God's best creations!" "You fill my life with joyful moments." "In my heart, I'm holding you tight." "The Lord will hold you in His hand -- a splendid crown in the hand of God. Isaiah 62:3" "May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:15"
These Colorful Blessings cards are a great gift or just a happy reminder of bible verses and the Lord's love.
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