Crafting really is a labour of love. It isn’t usually cost effective, and it always takes time.
But cards are one area that can defy the usual limitations.
I make cards because I like to give something personal, but the reality is they are inexpensive and often more convenient that going to a card store.
I keep a pack of blank cards and envelopes at home (they were $20 for 50 cards and envelopes at the Stitches and Craft Show, but you could probably get them for even less), and there’s no limit to how many times a stamp and ink pad can be used. The stamps in these examples I have literally been using since I was a child!
I can make them in just a few minutes, even late at night on the day before I need them. Convenient!
Of course, you can do much more complex designs, and use layers of paper, embossing, watercolours, felt pens, whatever. But a great card can be as simple as this. I know it’s the kind of thing I’d be thrilled to receive.
If you’ve never tried making a card before – or haven’t made one since you were a child – give it a go. There’s a beautiful simplicity in it, and it’s the kind of practical creativity that can brighten up your day in just a few moments.