While the grocery store, your local pharmacy, and even the fancy paperie shop in your neighborhood offer a wide selection of greeting cards to suit your holiday and special occasion needs, there’s nothing like receiving a handmade card that someone knows you made yourself. In the hustle and bustle of today’s instant electronic gratification, receiving a card that took a little more thought and effort will surely show someone you care deeply about them – and don’t mind taking the time to show it.
In choosing materials, I usually go to local or chain craft stores that specialize in paper goods. I look for brands I know have sustainability as a top priority when they are available, and I try not to spend more than $10-$20 for the entire set of materials. I can usually make multiple cards from one set, which is a bargain when you look at the costs of those fancy greetings in the stores.
In the hustle and bustle of today’s instant electronic gratification, receiving a card that took a little more thought and effort will surely show someone you care deeply about them – and don’t mind taking the time to show it.
Because I made the set of cards pictured for Mother’s Day this year, I used bright, pastel, spring-themed colors and designs, and tried to match as many of the same colors with the most variety to keep the look interesting. I didn’t crowd the space on the card, and left plenty of room to write a personal, heartfelt message. I sent these cards to five women in my life whom I love dearly, and they expressed that they really felt loved by what I sent.
Find whatever color combinations, designs, and textures you like, and let your creativity flow! Do you have any favorite handmade card tips that have helped you in the past? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!