I'm almost 100% positive the phrase "mail a smile" is copyyrighted by the United States Postal Service (USPS), but I'm using it, and secretly hoping they won't track me down and make me remove it from my blog!
So, that important message aside, Happy World Cardmaking Day!! Before I became obsessed with pocket page/Project Life scrapbooking, I looked forward to this day every year when I could spend lots of time making handmade cards to send in the mail.
I still love creating cards for the simple reasons that 1) Creating them gets me doing something different, and I like variety, 2) It's not quite my forte and gets me out of my comfort zone a bit, and 3) I love mailing them to people when they're having a crappy day!
To celebrate this fun day of making paper greetings (and protesting buying ridiculously overpriced store-bought greetings), here's a handful of cards I've created the last few months!
The tree and flower cluster above are both stamps and all of the paper used was from my scraps. For me, it's all about just using the insane amount of
craft supplies crap I have. You have it, you might as well use it!
I'm all about stories, so I love the stories behind why I make some of the cards I do. For this bunch:
1) The top card was for my BFF's fiance, who has a deep appreciation for art and handmade things. I wanted to make the card as cool as he is.
2) I used the sentiment "one in a million" for a friend of my hubby's, who always brings him back something when visiting Peru. This time, it was the handmade stone-carved nativity scene and the shot glass in the leather cover.
3) Tried a "shaker card" for the first time. Not too shabby. I sent this to my grandpa (abuelo) as a thank you for all of the little gifts and camera-related items he has sent me this year. He's one of my favs!
One of the funnest things about creating cards is trying new techniques, like watercolor. I don't watercolor much at all, but tried it on the cupcake and teacup above. Always try new things!
And finally, this one for hubby's grandma's 90th birthday. 90, seriously! She holds a special place in my heart, so I loved creating this vintage-inspired card for her. The lady above made me think about how she might look in her younger days.
Soooooo, are you inspired to create some handmade greetings? Remember anything you create will be loved and adored by someone. I can promise you that! And if you're not sure where to start, search around on Pinterest and YouTube for some card inspiration.