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Creative Cards: Wrap a Message with a Personal Touch
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Special occasions are made more special when you send something personal: a card you have made. Handmade cards convey not only written sentiments, but the consideration of the sender.
A little over ten years ago, designer Yoshiko Kitagawa became dissatisfied with the blandness and trite sentimentality of store-bought cards. She began making her own cards, and was both delighted and surprised at the positive reception her hand-folded cards received. Since then she has refined many of her original designs has created a series of 48 cards to cover every possible use — births, thanks, anniversaries, Christmas, invitations, announcements, or just plain hello.
Elegant or delicate, whimsical or informal, there are cards here to suit every taste and purpose. Enclose a pressed flower or a leaf between pristine sheets of tracing paper. Unwrap a baby card that resembles a receiving blanket. Make a message that pops up.
Most cards are surprisingly easy to make. A few folds of paper, a strategic slit with a craft knife and there you have it. To facilitate selection, cards are grouped by suggested use, and all are illustrated in color. Each is clearly explained by step-by-step diagrams and captions. Try your own preferred papers to make the cards even more individual.
The Japanese are known for their superlative handmade papers and for message-sending traditions that go back at least a thousand years. Medieval aristocrats sent messages to friends and lovers on paper carefully chosen for color and texture, often tied to a flowering or leafy sprig. You can adapt this tradition by writing your messages on cards made of fine textured Japanese paers or a variety of decorative Western papers. Follow the directions, then try your own variations, and enjoy the results 7#151; a message of hand and heart.
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