The Lost Art of Card Making

Once upon a time, when a person we loved celebrated an event in their life we would go to Hallmark, stand in front of hundreds of cards, and meticulously seek the perfect card that said the perfect little sentiment for this perfect occasion. Today, in this digital age, we tend to rely heavily on email, texts, social media, and instant messaging. A life event will creep up on us, because we don't have to plan for it.  Occurrences like, "Oh! My brother is having a birthday today. I forgot!! (because I was so busy in my own life) Oh well, I'll just text him." And that's usually enough... but is it?

Getting actual cards in the mail have become a novelty these days.  Back in the olden days it was the norm.  People would save love letters and cards for posterity.  Their children could actually read about how Dad courted their Mother.  How she loved him.  It was poetic.  Romantic.

In this digital age it is very convenient to share a quick "congrats" or "happy birthday"- I do it, you do it.  We all hop on our smart phones and take that 60 seconds to say a little hello.  And when we receive that little message it makes us feel good.  No doubt we love to be recognized during these life events.  But what if you knew someone took the time to sit down and actually make a card for you?  What if, on your special day, you checked the mail and among all those bill statements, credit card offers, and junk mail you noticed an envelope that had your address hand written on it?  You pause, dropping all the other stuff, and open this little envelope.  Inside is a little card full of color and creativity with a greeting meant especially for you.  You open it and read the hand written message, signed by someone who means a great deal to you - whether a loved one or a friend.  Are you going to throw this card away? Or display it for all to see?  Keep it for posterity? Cherish it because someone took longer than 60 seconds to show you how much you care to them?  I thought so.

Children are a great example to me.  When a life event happens within their life, or a friend's, they sit down with paper and crayons to draw a picture that would be meaningful to the person in which they want to give it to.  It is from the heart.  The recipient is delighted by the little token gift.  There is no anxiety about drawing skills or "will she/he like it?"  It's just what they do.  We can all take a lesson from them. I love Hallmark.  I love their witty or sappy cards. I have gone to seek the perfect card so many times I have lost count.  But then I took a lesson from my children.  Handmade truly is from the heart. So I started to dabble in handmade card making.  The cards were simple, but they were completely me.  And the recipients appreciated that.  It meant so much more.  In fact, I have people  tell me today that they have kept every single card I sent them.  Can't say that about the texts or emails.

I have a busy lifestyle, just like you, but over the years of making cards I have learned a thing or two about how to create heart felt cards in very little time. My first card took me over an hour! But today I can whip up a card in less than 10 minutes. I want to pass what I have learned on to other card makers.  In the near future I will be adding videos to this blog to help revive the art of card making.  I know, I know, card making is not totally lost (though I make it sound that way).  There are hobby and crafting companies out there that are making a very good living on people who still create their own cards. I just want to share, or teach, how easy and rewarding it can be.  You really don't need that many supplies or time.  And with my videos we can go step by step through the process.

So stay tuned while I get the final steps of preparation complete.  I'm really excited about the videos and hope you will too. In the meantime, think about all those cards you once got in the mail.  Have you gotten any lately?  Or just texts or Facebook well wishes?  What if they were handmade cards instead?  Just think about it...

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