DIY: Creative Cards, Letters of Love

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Send a Card to a Friend Day — which takes place on Feb. 7 every year — is part of a slew of relatively unknown holidays. However, despite its obscurity, it is the perfect opportunity to keep in touch with friends. In the age of social media, our constant connection can become quite overwhelming. Writing and receiving a card from a friend is a great way to take a break from social sensory overload while staying connected with loved ones and letting them know that they are appreciated. Plus, snail mail is a fun, unexpected surprise.

To make your own card for this delightful holiday, follow these steps:

  1. Pick out some festive paper for your card. Cardstock and designer paper typically work best, but you can use any kind of paper. Thicker paper is recommended because it is more durable and holds its shape better.
  2. Get creative. Cut the paper to whatever size or shape is desired. Cards can be big or small, and can come in a variety of shapes, such as rectangles, ovals and trapezoids. It’s up to you!
  3. Decorate it! Let your creativity run wild. From stamps and stencils to paper cutouts and doodles, nothing is off limits.
  4. Write a letter. You could just send your friend the pretty card you’ve made, but including some thoughtful words or an inside joke will make it a bit more personal.
  5. Make an envelope. This is the trickiest part of the process because there are a lot of different ways to make envelopes. For our purpose, the pouch envelope is the easiest to make and yields two envelopes for twice the fun!
  6. Fold a standard-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) piece of paper into quarters
  7. Unfold the paper and then cut it in half along the shorter crease
  8. Fold along the crease to make a rectangle. The crease should be the bottom of the envelope
  9. Use tape to securely close the two open sides of the rectangle. This will leave the top open, which is where you will insert your card. Washi tape, which can be found at grocery and craft stores, is decorative and paper-friendly, so if you make a mistake it won’t ruin the envelope.
  10. Fold the top down to make a flap. Crease and unfold.
  11. Insert the card, fold the flap down again, and tape it closed. You can also use glue to make it more secure.

Adapted from wikiHow

Pick out some unique typography for your friend’s address to really spice things up. The font can show that you put a lot of thought into the project.

And voila! You’ve got a card that your friend is sure to appreciate. So go grab a stamp and start sending away!

 

Emma Kukuk is a senior double majoring in Communication and Professional Writing. She hopes one day to save the world by working for a major non-profit or being a novelist, whichever comes first. She enjoys obsessing over knitting patterns, painting bizarre landscapes, and singing at the top of her lungs.

 

Tags: February 2016