Adventures in Card-Making · Sentiments

Valentine Day card sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Here’s another installment of the post that everyone loves (no pun intended!):

~Sallie

Image result for Valentine's Sentiments

 

 

 

Advertisements
Adventures in Card-Making

How to choose a Valentine card or For better or verse!

61593e1cf3cdf60aa799bd9acabbe186

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

As a card maker, I seldom shop in Hallmark stores. On occasion, when I am stumped for an idea, I admit it, I do browse the card selection aisle. This post can either appeal to the person who creates cards or the person who doesn’t. In either case, the points I make (hopefully) will benefit you.

Sending the “RIGHT” Valentine card can be stressful, so here are some do’s and don’t’s:

 DO: Trust your own words. Whether or not your valentine is for a friend, a relative or a romantic interest, it’s unlikely that text in a conventional store-bought card can accurately sum up your relationship. Look for a card with blank space. For years I sold my cards from my web site blank inside for that very reason. I now offer sentiments too, but the big “draw” still seems to be, in the words of a client, “leave mine blank”.

 Don’t: Let the card do all the talking – go instead for a personalized message.

DO: Feel free to get creative (artistic skills not required). If you go with a store-bought card, aim for one with text or pictures that have personal significance. For years, my husband has been  plagued with buying cards. He told me that he searches for ones that “say what he wants them to say” and the card is one that is creative. I appreciate his effort and have some  that I can “copy”.

 DON’T: Lean toward overly effusive language, as it runs the risk of making your message seem unoriginal or recycled.

   DO: Incorporate humor, if it suits your relationship. A little humor can also help take some pressure off of Valentine’s Day.

 DON’T: Explore uncharted territory when it comes to jokes. Steer clear of humor that borders on being sexist, racist or otherwise offensive.

 DO: Look for a card with special significance for the relationship. Choose one with writing or illustrations that evoke fond memories, for example. When we were first dating, my husband was stationed overseas. My first Valentine card from him featured a barren tree on the front, and a tree with loads of leaves and hearts on the inside. He hand-wrote the sentiment and yes, I still have that card!

 DON’T: Use the card as an attempt to accelerate or scale back the relationship. Know your boundaries, and don’t use the card has an attempt to test them with large, unprecedented gestures, such as saying “I love you” for the first time. The same rule applies to initiating a breakup or expressing displeasure.

 ALWAYS: Avoid the view that the fate of a relationship is hinging on a single holiday, or a single greeting card, for that matter.

I hope that you have found this useful and if you still have some qualms about what to say in the card, either contact me via email or check out my previous posts on sentiments or my cards.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Copyright – 2015 by uniquelyyourscards.com

All rights reserved.

Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Sallie and uniquelyyourscards with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You can reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscards@outlook.com

Adventures in Card-Making

Paper Adventures

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I must admit that I have been quite lax in writing this month! I’ve been busy creating my new blog: uniquelyyourscraftjournal.com on wordpress. I’m focusing on writing and creating journals. I’ve invited guests (authors) and will sell my cards. I’ve also discovered Pinterest and have linked my sites.

Of course, Valentine’s Day cards were designed, made and sent. Like all of you in the Northeast, we were bombarded with snow, so we didn’t go out but had a nice, romantic dinner complete with my Kaluha brownies. One of the cutting dies I used this holiday was the Love and 5 Hearts cutting dies http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4105320/love-5-hearts-cutting-dies. It’s very versatile.  I covered a square card with red paper and used white, red and a textured blue for the swirl. My husband wants me to scan it for you, so you will see it soon.  I also discovered  2 stamps I hadn’t used lately (Darcie Hunter’s little bear and country stand).  They may be obsolete now. I stamped the stand on craft paper and the bear in a darker brown matte paper. The grass was from Fiskars and the tree was another Paper Wishes die called the 4 Seasons Tree http://www.paperwishes.com/categories/cutting-dies-embossing-folders-machines-accessories-110/cutting-dies-112.html That one comes with a tree and tiny hearts, flowers, snowflakes and leaves. I used a heart paper punch instead because I wanted the hearts to stand out.
It’s fun creating and crafting!
~Sallie

Copyright – 2014 by uniquelyyourscards.com

All rights reserved.

Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Sallie and uniquelyyourscards with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You can reach Sallie at uniquelyyourscards@outlook.com