Do you think that sending cards is dying off with all the electronic ways of sending emails, texts etc? Well it is not. There are over a billion cards sent out every year from all over the world. There is even a National Card Making day the first Monday of every October. After all, you don’t display an email on your mantle or a text on your fridge. Cards mean someone is thinking about you and that you matter. What better way to stay in touch. The picture above is just a very small sample of cards I have received in the past couple of months. I love how each one is different and I know that love and caring went into every card.
People often ask me where I get inspiration for my cards. Well, did you see my picture above? I love sending and receiving cards from friends, family and other crafters. I don’t think a week goes by when I don’t receive a card or two and every one inspires me to create. Every time I check the mail, I smile when something other than a bill or flyer is waiting for me. I call cards my “Happy Mail” Each card is like a hug from someone special and for the cost of a stamp, I can send a hug back, all packed up in a card with a fold in the middle.
Receiving cards makes you feel less alone, especially when we are staying home so much. How can you not smile when you receive a lovely card with a note tucked inside. Sending a card works the same way. It will make you feel like you are staying in touch and connecting with others. I bet you will get a reply some way, via a phone call, an email or text saying thank you for the card. It starts a conversation all for the price of a stamp.
For those who think “I don’t know that many people” I have a solution for you. Start with your friends and family; sending a card to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, get well cards, holidays, sympathy, graduation, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. There are so many reasons to send a card. Don’t be concerned if you don’t receive cards back, it takes time. You can also do a search online for Pen Pals or card swaps. There are all sorts and all it takes is a little effort and you will be receiving cards in no time. I guarantee it will boost your spirit and put you in a happy place!
So how do you get started? All you need is some paper card stock, some Designer series paper (patterned paper) a stamp (for the sentiments) and a little ink to stamp with as well as an acrylic block to mount your stamp on. From there, your options are limitless. Click on the link to visit my online store to see all the possibilities. If you need help getting started, contact me and I will be glad to help you.
If you want to start slowly, you can subscribe for Paper Pumpkin which is great for beginner and advanced crafters alike. This month’s kit has everything you need to create eight adorable cards & coordinating envelopes. They will be perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and every celebration of love in between! Subscribe by Jan 10th to receive this kit by clicking on the link and you will be all set to prepare and send out cards.
Lastly, if you would like to receive a card from me, just send me an email and I will be happy to send you a card. So, how easy is that?