One of my friends who share my love for crafts invited me to sign up for a postcard swap in time for Valentines Day. I immediately agreed because it’s something I’ve been wanting to do. Naturally, the theme is “love,” and the only rule is that you send something you made yourself. So early last week, I busied myself making my cards.
I wanted them to be simple and yet look fun and pretty. So I took out my trusty craft knife and cut out different fancy hearts on the front of my blank cards. I didn’t have a solid idea what to make when I sat down to work on it, but I came up with four that turned out quite nice: a flourished heart, a swirling heart, a hibiscus heart and a seascape heart (my favorite!).
Later on, I inserted a piece of thick watercolor paper into each of them on which I painted and dabbed different colors. The colorful inserts helped make the heart pop out and are also where I wrote my Valentine messages.
I also used some of my handmade rubber stamps to decorate the inserts, as well as the envelopes.
I love how they turned out and I’m so excited for my mail swap buddies who I have actually never met before to receive them. A couple of them had already mailed me their postcards and I was quite giddy when I got them. Their creativity is inspiring and I was touched by their heartfelt messages. I do hope this exchange of art and handmade love blooms into new, meaningful and crafty friendships!