“You like the cards more than the presents?” I was often asked incredulously on my birthday when I was younger.
It’s the truth. There can be so much thoughtfulness behind a well-chosen card, a smartly-written envelope or a unique message. Cards can be displayed and used for years afterwards and then kept in a special place as a reminder of a great occasion.
With this in mind, I decided to write a few posts showcasing some fun ideas for prettying up envelopes and cards. Sometimes you don’t always know someone well enough to buy a present for them, but would like to give them something. I think a card with a little extra touch, would show that you have given them a special thought and not just picked a card out of the emergency card drawer/box/shelf!
Let’s start with the envelope. I like envelopes in unusual colours, like the ones that come with the beautiful cards from *Artist Not Included’s range. Some people aren’t a fan of sticking the envelope down completely but fold it inwards instead. I’ve debated this for a while (I have, honestly) and I’ve come to the conclusion that it feels a bit unfinished. When I get a card like that, it somehow portrays an expectation of being able to re-use the envelope again. Unless I plan on sending post to myself, with my name on the front, or am going to stick something over the top, it’s not going to work. If someone is getting a card from me, they’re going to get their own sealed envelope, ready to be opened just once. They can have that joy.
Ooh… that turned into a bit of a rant – who knew I was so passionate about that little gem?! Anyway, onwards…
This time of year is perfect for collecting wild flowers and plants from the garden. Leaves and stems are mostly dry and can be pressed quickly. The flower press of my childhood is long packed away into the attic, so I made do with a piece of kitchen towel in-between two heavy books. My chosen flowers were flattened suitably within a day, but would ideally need another couple of days, in the warm, to dry out completely.
The best flowers to choose are those that aren’t too juicy. The less succulent they are, the quicker and more successful they are to press. You could try: daisies, hydrangea, geraniums, campion, buttercups, lavender, forget-me-not.
My idea was to use a pressed flower as a wax seal alternative. A little surprise for when the envelope was turned over. I used the tiniest bit of glue to fix the flower onto the paper, while handling the petals carefully to avoid bruising.
If these envelopes were going to be subjected to large amounts of handling or postal travel, I would cover them with sticky back plastic, or even a neatly cut piece of sellotape if I was desperate!
Don’t they look cute?!
I can’t wait to give them out! Have a great day x