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Saturday, September 10, 2011

How The Cards Are Made

Have you ever wondered how greeting cards are made?  Let's explore some of the many ways cards are created.

Many people get pleasure from creating their own cards.  There are various types of paper one can use to make a card.  There are also various types of ink, paint, accessories to attach, writing styles, cartoons, markers, and even crayons that one can use to make a card.  Some people get very inventive when creating cards.  Even feathers can be used to give a card that special touch.  When making a card, it's really all about your own personal style and what you wish to convey to the recipient of the card.

There are those, of course, who pride themselves on making cards from their home computers.  It's interesting how many types of paper you can buy to make a card.  The graphics available for cards are of an astounding quantity and quality.  Of a more personal interest are the photos you can imprint into your own card creations.  This sort of card-making is especially fun during the holidays.  It will give your cards that personal touch like no other and a warm memory for someone to add to their scrapbook or photo album.

Some artists enjoy printing on cards using calligraphy pens.  It takes a special talent to produce quality work using a calligraphy pen.  Such a card would convey thoughtfulness and care to the recipient.  It would say how much the person wished to please by their time and effort put into making the card.  It would involve much more than just what the card would say.  It would also involve finding the right tools to make the card one of quality.  Special paper is required for perfection in calligraphy, along with hours of practice, the right pens, and the special ink that must be used.

Children get much joy from creating cards.  A loved one or friend would hold such a card dear to their heart.  A simple piece of typing paper and a crayon can produce a wonderful work of simplistic art only possible through the eyes and hands of a child.  Even more joy can be derived when children are allowed to delve into finger-paints or glue and accessories.  Buttons, yarn, tiny wooden figures, magazine cut-outs, craft foam figures and alphabets, glitter, and even material can turn an ordinary piece of cardstock into a card of wonder!

Many people, however, still prefer the age-old choice of cards created enmasse by the seemingly endless card companies.  These companies provide convenience.  They save people time, effort, resources, and money.  They have also, no doubt, saved many husbands, wives, in-laws, or even children from being put in the "dog house"!  Unfortunately, some people just aren't good with words, emotions, or aren't artistically talented and are relieved that they can rely on the card companies.  Some people may even be unable to write and can count on the card companies to produce just what they wish to say.  Suppose you were inconvenienced with a broken arm?  Buy a ready-made card and save the day!
1:25 AM Posted by Detta Keiza 0

Friday, September 9, 2011

What About Postcards

Not many people think about or discuss postcards anymore.  Postcards are usually associated with travel.  When someone takes a trip, they may say, "I'll send a postcard."  Postcards are sold in most convenience stores and travel stops and are the lowest cost greeting card one can find.

The low rate on a postcard certainly makes it user friendly for even the lowest budget.  Although the postal rates have risen, the postcard is still a mere twenty-four cents a stamp to send.  Not a bad price to send
a greeting to someone to keep in touch.

Postcards were not created for long, windy letter writers, but for the short notes that get to the point.  Whereas you can have room to write quite a bit inside a regular greeting card, the postcard allows for very
little, but sometimes a little says a lot!

about postcards
A normal postcard size is 3-1/2 inches tall by 5 inches long.  The card is divided usually on one side, with room for a note on the left and a space for the stamp and address on the other side of the line.  The "front" of the card is usually a picture of some sort, such as the state to which the person has traveled.  Although cards can be made from several different materials, I've even bought a postcard made of what appeared to be copper, with the picture as a 3-D type molded into the card.

Postcards were patented in 1861 by a gentleman in Philadelphia.  However, the first in the United States was created in 1893.  Printers published this type of greeting card for a penny.

There were eras in which the type of postcards changed.  There was a linen era, a photochrome era, and in France, erotic postcards appeared in 1910.  The British created cartoon postcards, also known as "saucy" for their humor.

Who knew something as simple as a postcard could be so complex!? There are at least 22 defined postcard terms.  There are postcard collectors, postcard publishing houses, postcard books, postcard pals, postcard
associations, exchange sites, and web sites all about postcards.  You can even create an online postcard, which actually look cute and appealing.

There is a company that creates something similar to a postcard, but it has unusual shapes.  The company had to get permission to allow these type postcards to go through the mail without an envelope.

There are postcards that include facts, which can be quite impressive.  I once bought a postcard with an Indian alphabet listed, which involved pictures with interpretations.  Postcards can show miniature maps of an area, which could be helpful.

Postcards are used also to enter contests.  Many contests will state that you may enter by putting your name and address and phone number on a postcard to mail to their company, no purchase needed to enter.  Of
course, you do have to buy your own postcard and stamp!  Although, if you enter a contest with a postcard, I would think that would take the "greeting card" definition away from the card.  After all, a contest entry isn't a greeting.
12:48 AM Posted by Detta Keiza 0

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Share Your Experience With Post Cards

Post cards are a great way to let people know how you are doing and what you are up to when you are away from home.  However, there are many other times when you might send a postcard to someone.

Postcards have their distinct advantages over other types of greetings like greeting cards and personal letters.  First, they are shorter, and take less time out of your busy schedule or fun filled vacation to prepare and send off.  Second, the cost of a postcard is minimal compared to the cost of a greeting card or special stationary.  Finally, postcards are handy because they cost less in postage to mail to your loved ones.

Almost anything can be a postcard.  You can create a postcard out of a regular 5" X 7" index card.  Simply draw a line through half of the back of the card, and write the name and address you would like the post card to go to.  Then, on the other half, you can write your message.  This is an ideal way to send post cards, because you can write on the back of the index card if you run out of room.  Simply stick the stamp on the corner, and mail!

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Post Cards to Tell Where You Are
You can send a postcard from anywhere in the world while you are traveling for business or on vacation with your family.  Postcards are also a great way to stay in touch while on a honeymoon, because you don't have to take time away from your new spouse to chit chat on the phone or write a lengthy letter.  By sending a postcard, you valuable time is spent with your new husband or wife, and your friends and family back home still know you are doing alright and you're still alive.

Post cards can be sent at any time, from anywhere.  If you just want to let someone know that you have been busy and would like to get together for dinner sometime, you can send them a postcard.  You could also send them an online postcard if you are really pressed for time.

Post cards also make great invitations.  Not only are they fun, brief, and to the point, they cost less to send.  This can be a great advantage if you are having dinner parties often, or if you are planning a wedding, second wedding, anniversary party, family reunion, or vow renewal ceremony.  These events can often involve hundreds of people, and sending post cards is quicker, cheaper and less time consuming than invitations.

One advantage to using post cards as invitations is that you can print the postcards on your computer.  Simply obtain a free template from the internet, and enter your event information on one side.  Then you can print the post card invitations.  Use labels and a word processor to create address labels for the to and from sections of the postcard.  Stick on the labels, fix on a stamp, and you're ready to go!

As you can see, post cards carry many advantages, and can be used in many more instances than many people believe.  Buy a batch of post cards and send them out to your friends and family today!
2:58 AM Posted by Detta Keiza 1

Talk About Greetings

When you dwell on a word, sometimes it can begin to sound foreign.  You may start to wonder if the word is truly spelled the way you speak it.  Ever grab a dictionary just to check it out?  Think of the word "greetings", for example.  How did someone even come up with such a word as greetings?

The definition is:  the acts or words of one who greets.  So, then, what does greet mean?  It means to address with friendliness, to meet or receive in a specified way.  Well, then, what is the purpose of greeting cards

As one who has studied the English language to any extent, a person should agree that it is one of the hardest languages to learn.  Just the word "greetings" should solidify that fact.  Greeting cards, for example, do not always address one with friendliness.  Sometimes they address a person's sadness or forgiveness or anger, even grief.  But when one thinks of greetings and greeting cards, one thinks first of friendliness or joy.  Greetings are meant to bring acknowledgement. Perhaps acknowledgement of something negative, or something positive, or even something completely neutral is in order.

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Greetings Card
Greetings are supposedly a way to touch someone in a kind way.  When one sends a greeting card, usually it is for a birthday or maybe even just to say hello and reconnect with a friend or loved one.  Sometimes, however, greetings are to comfort.  As in when one loses a loved one and a greeting card can touch their heart and ease their loss in a personal way.  Sometimes, greetings are a way to bring a smile to someone who has been ill or hospitalized for an accident of some sort.

Greeting cards can uplift a lonely soul.  They can soothe the pain of a person when he or she may think no one cares.  There is such a joy in receiving funny greetings from someone when you have had a terrible day or a terrible week.  You open the mailbox and think "What is this?"  Maybe there is no name on the outside.  Many people send greetings without a return address.  It can be considered rude to some to expect anything in return.

Maybe you have angered someone or hurt their feelings and need to put your thoughts on paper, but just can't seem to find the words.  All you have to do is go to a store that sells greeting cards and find the perfect solution.  It brings a sense of fulfillment to find just the right card.  It can also be quite time-consuming for those who don't really know exactly what it is they wish to send!  But, oh, the relief when you finally come across that card that says what you want in just the right way.  Many a relationship has been saved by something as simple and low-cost as a greeting card.

There are, of course, greetings that are less tasteful when one wishes to convey negative things.  I do have to wonder about creators of greeting cards that say things to purposely anger someone.  I personally believe it warps the meaning of "greetings" entirely!
2:33 AM Posted by Detta Keiza 0

Happy Holiday Cards

You may think of holiday cards as being Christmas or Seasons Greetings cards, but really there are many more holiday cards than this one holiday.  There are holiday cards for Christmas, Hanukah, Easter (or Resurrection Day), Thanksgiving, Halloween, Columbus Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day, New Years, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, and Administrative Assistants Day.  As you can see, there are many holidays we celebrate, and each of them have their own holiday cards.

Holiday cards were not always so popular.  Only in the last several years have holiday cards been created for all of the holidays we celebrate as Americans.  I was surprised to find Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday cards when I went Christmas card shopping last year.  I later discovered that holiday cards are becoming more and more popular, as people send holiday cards all year round to their friends and family.  It is becoming increasingly popular to send holiday cards to all of you friends and family at every opportunity, just to let them know you care.

Happy Holidays Card
Holiday cards come in all shapes and sizes.  You can choose holiday cards that are uniform and simple, and send one to everyone on your list.  Or, you can choose individual holiday cards suitable for each person based on personality and what holiday they celebrate.  For example, if you know people who are Christian and people who are Jewish, you may choose to send a uniform card that says simply "Season's Greetings."  On the other hand, you can choose to send your Christian friends Christmas holiday cards, and your Jewish friends Hanukah holiday cards.  This way everyone feels special, and knows that you are thinking of them specifically.

Holiday cards can come with fancy pictures or cartoons, sentimental poetry or funny phrases, or even music or pop up figures.  You can get holiday cards specifically for each member of your family.  There are holiday cards for children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, husbands, wives, and friends.  There are romantic holiday cards, funny holiday cards, sexy holiday cards, and sentimental holiday cards.

You can find holiday cards at any general store, retail outlet, discount store, or holiday store.  You can also find holiday cards at wholesale outlets, dollar stores, and specialty shops.  The funniest and most sexy holiday cards can be found at novelty stores such as Spencer's, found in most shopping malls.

Alternatively, you can make your own holiday cards with a little bit of glue, construction paper, a pair of scissors, and a lot of creativity.  Children rather enjoy making holiday cards for their friends and family.  Buying a holiday card is not nearly so much fun as making one yourself.  Also, the home-made holiday card from your favorite child means much more than a uniform holiday card purchased in a store.

Regardless of who you are sending a holiday card to, you are sure to find the perfect holiday card to suit that person's interests and hobbies.  From Harley Davidson to Disney, holiday cards are an absolute must in every season.
2:22 AM Posted by Detta Keiza 1