Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail may be a rare thing.
The giant wave of all things technology has certainly made our lives easier, but have some of the simple things been lost in the process?
Many feel that letter writing has now become an art form, and that is hard to argue with. The steps involved with actually writing a letter seem, well, lengthy…time consuming for today’s standards. The ease and immediacy of pressing keys and buttons is a far contrast from carefully selected and then handwritten prose on paper, perhaps the need for stationary even. Then more writing on an envelope, knowing a street address, a trip to be mailed and having to buy stamps.
Yes, a simple written letter has an entire production system that the majority probably do not need to employ most of the time, and it’s not to save paper, either. It is because technology is just so much easier.
So now that getting a handwritten note has been upgraded to rare and special, this makes it prime opportunity for a year round go-to gift idea. Crafters and mixed media artists provide great inspiration for coming up with letters and cards that deliver on presentation and make original, unexpected gifts.
Handmade stationary uses items from around the house and does take some time to assemble, but is much less expensive than store bought sets.
This tutorial shows how to make marbled stationery.
Also, this project uses up fabric remnants and scraps to make a stationary set, and also shows how to give it a naturally aged effect with coffee or tea grounds.
Cereal boxes can even be used to make stationary sets and holders.
Leftover produce makes great applicators for stamping stationary or notes.
If you really want to send a surprise for a special holiday, birthday or invitation, the receiver has likely never gotten a postcard cake.
Made from a colored sponge and caulk, the design possibilities are endless with this project.
Be sure that postage requirements and measurements for envelopes and packages meet mailing regulations before sending them off.
Taking the time to craft a special note made by hand makes a thoughtful present, and you’ll wish you could be there to see the response when it is delivered.
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