Handmade Cards Art
Although it is becoming a - well, dying art - handmade thank you cards are still a favorite in my house. They are art, unique and stories in and of themselves.
As we enter the extended holiday season, when some people still teach their children to write thank you cards, here is some inspiration to save your favorites. To continue to appreciate these lovely pieces, there are several things you can do with these works of original art to repurpose them and keep them in your life:
1. Use as book marks. Instead of turning down the pages to mark where you last left off in a hardcover book, use a card to mark the spot. That way you can still enjoy the card and keep the book pages from getting creased.
2. Mark recipes you want to try. I love reading recipe books but don't always remember a recipe I want to locate again later. When I find one I want to find again, I pop in one of these cards so I can easily find it later.
3. Frame the cards for wall art. This is one of my favorite uses of handmade cards art, especially if you have several in the same theme, such as I did.
It doesn't have to be only a theme, find something that unifies them - maybe they are all the same color, or by the same author.
If all else fails, add a unifying element by placing them all in the same frames.
The thank you card that inspired me to shop for frames at our local thrift stores was this small bird card by a teenage boy.
I kept all of the cards intact so I can still read the inside messages.
Here they are, all three framed bird thank you notes hanging together off my kitchen:
Who said you had to pay a lot for original art? You probably have some right in your own mail box!