Cards in Native American Horse Design

Dear blog readers!

Health wise I am doing much better and was able to get back to my work desk. Daniel feels better as well. Thank you so much for all your prayers! And thank you for every comment, email and text message! It felt so encouraging to hear back from several of you and experience that this blog isn’t just a one way road. Thank you, I appreciate it very much!

Today I wanted to share a bit about my business with you. I think most of you already know that it is called “heartfully done”. It’s a play on words with the term “artfully done” and “heart”. I chose this name, because it’s on my heart to make beautiful things of high quality.

This blog is part of heartfully done, as well as my handmade custom cards. I create cards for normal people and for companies. Today I want to show you some pictures of my latest order. I had the chance to create Thank You cards for Diamond Willow Ministries ( It’s a Christian non-profit organization in the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In 2010 I lived and worked there for three months and I am still in contact with them.

The cards show Curly Horses, a special Native American horse breed that has curly fur.

I used the teepee from DWM as an inspiration for the card.

Usually I use stamps from the brand Stampin’ Up! for my cards, but this time I designed my own stamp.

I drew a horse from the teepee with pencil and pen and scanned it. Next step was to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to vectorize the horse image. Which means to create real lines that don’t show the pixels. If you don’t take the time to do this the stamp image will not look clear but rather pixelly. I actually thought I’d be able to do that myself, but reached a limit and had to get the help of a graphic designer. It took him around two hours to work on the digitalized stamp images.

The horses are created in a two-stamp-system. First I stamped the black outline and secondly I stamped the color part for the inside of the horse.

That’s a pretty tricky process as you can’t see through the rubber and so you can’t be sure if you are inside the lines or not. So I had to use a special tool for that process. Which slows down the process, but helps you to not waste paper. As a perfectionist that’s something I have a ton of patience for, but to be honest, not every stamp image has to be 100% perfect! It’s still a handmade card and they will never look all the same. That’s how it’s supposed to be! I am not a machine. I have to remind myself about that once in a while. ;-)

Also the Diamond Willow Ministries logo was made into a stamp and the Dakota word for Thank You “Wopida”.

You realize how much preparation goes into those cards. That’s why it’s just cost effective to make a bigger amount of cards and not just a few.

Diamond Willow Ministries loves the cards and I am so happy about that! And relieved as well - haha! ;-) As an artist you never know 100% if your customers will love it. In my service process I talk with my clients in between and see if I translate what they want, but it’s still a bit of a “will they love it?” anxiety.

Right now I am working on a new card proposal and I’d be so happy if it works out and turns into a 1000 card offer. Please join me praying for that. I’d be so excited to take the challenge of making 1000 cards! Imagine all that paper, glue and ink! I can’t wait and I hope this company says YES to the cards! ;-)

Sending you lots of love and blessings,

PS: By the way, 10% of ALL heartfully done profits will be donated to Diamond Willow Ministries. So, do good and contact me for your special card order! ;-)

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