I remember when I was younger that I had dreamed of working for Hallmark Cards. I enjoyed buying cards and sending them out to friends. I get such a thrill out of finding a card that says exactly what I want to say. I remember when I was a college freshman (I was 15!), I was exchanging letters with a guy friend who migrated to the US. We would exchange letters 5 pages long, back to back, in yellow paper (the long, lined sheets). Then one day, I got a letter that shocked me to my bones. It was a love letter (I’m actually smiling as I write this). I was 15! He was 18. Romance is totally not in my radar. But I enjoyed his friendship and I didn’t want to lose that. So, I went out in search of a card that would best express how I felt. Lo and behold, I found the perfect card in one of the bookstores in UP. It was a long message but the last portion says something like “…and it’s because I value our friendship too much that I am writing this…I hope you won’t see us as something other that friends…” Imagine that! What are the chances of me ever finding a card like that?!
Anyway, I no longer dream of writing cards for Hallmark. Now, I want to sell cards that I personally designed. Last weekend, I finished 5 which I made for friends who will be celebrating their birthdays this week.
This is for a girl friend celebrating her birthday today! I sewed the button on the flower shape which I cut from kraft paper. I embossed the word “delight” using gold embossing powder.
A closer look…
This is for my colleague who celebrated her birthday last week. I stamped the words, flowers and butterfly and created layers for some dimension. I punched the edges of the 2nd layer paper with Threading Water Border Punch from Fiskars. The re was such strong demand for this puncher that I felt so lucky to have snagged one – on sale too!
A closer look on the layered elements…
Last but not least, this is for another colleague who will celebrate her birthday on Sunday. I dry-embossed the flower on Kraft paper and inked the raised image. I stamped the sentiment and wrapped a ribbon along the lower portion of the card. I so love the simplicity of this one that I am thinking of adding this to my favorite styles.
So, will you buy my cards if I start selling them?