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The Art of the Handwritten Card

My husband and I have this little war going, the war over who retrieves the mail each day. I’m not sure why we both enjoy it, but he is always disappointed when he sees that I’ve already gotten the mail. I suppose I have a childlike hope that something truly magical will be waiting there for me. I quickly shuffle through each envelope to assess the value of each piece of mail. Rarely, but always to my delight, an envelope will be addressed by hand. These are the treasures!

With the constant contact we have through social media, handwritten cards and notes have become an uncommon way to communicate. But, what a way to make someone feel special! Whether they tear open your envelope immediately or savor the moment by opening it last, a handwritten card or note is sure to delight any recipient.

One of the many reasons I enjoy working for Stampin’ Up! is that I love what I do and get to share what I love. Relationships are important to me and I genuinely enjoy creating something one of a kind for someone I care about. Nothing says, “I care about you” more than creating a card and sharing a heartfelt message inside.

For Valentine’s Day, I will likely send a card to my sweet sister-in-law who lives out of state. Here is a quick, fun card I created with her in mind. I used scraps of Designer Series Paper, gold embossed polka dots on cardstock and Hearts Framelits. Then I simply stitched the hearts to my card and added a cute “HELLO.”

One way to dress up a handwritten note is to create your own envelope. Making fun and colorful envelopes is a breeze when you use the Simply Scored Tool along with the Diagonal Scoring Plate. The Diagonal Scoring Plate comes with instructions to create several different envelope sizes.

Go ahead and address the envelope using a white gel pen and have fun with the way you address the card. It’s all in the details! (Added tip: If your gel pen isn’t writing fluidly, clean the tip with a tissue and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.)

For special occasions, I enjoy taking my time with a card and adding some extra embellishments. On the card below, I gathered/ruched the ribbon and embossed the sentiment. I also added just a touch of shimmer by spritzing my card base with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.

For cards that I plan to hand deliver, I sometimes create my own unique envelope using Designer Series Paper and Simply Scored. (I try to go easy on the mailman and avoid sending cards with buttons or bulky embellishments.)

Sending my handmade creations brings me satisfaction. I challenge you, no matter what your level of creativity, to go write someone a card or note. Tell them and show them that they’re special to you. I promise it will make you feel good.

Jen C
Concept Artist


  • Pamela Stevens

    Feb 08

    Just the way I think about my cards and my loved ones. Thank you.