Keeping in touch with friends and family is always an important thing to do; we all know how lovely it is when someone goes out of their way to go out for coffee with us or send us a ‘how are you’ text. It gives you all the warm fuzzy feelings that friendship can hold. In the strange and uncertain times we are living through now it is (as you already know) more important than ever to keep communication flowing to help each other through. We are blessed with an amazing array of ways to keep in touch, but my favourite way – even in these times – has to be handwritten.
I am lucky in this situation, that I have a postbox not far from my home that I can pass on our once daily trip for exercise. I have always loved letter-writing, it feels special, it feels caring and it feels real – something that I struggle to get as much from something like a text, for example. Today I thought I’d encourage you to put pen to paper with an easy tutorial so you don’t have to rush out and buy cards, instead you can stay in the safety of your home and get creative! Let’s get postcard making!
What Do You Need | A3 or A4 Card, Something to Colour With, A Pencil, A Big Black Pen & Some Scissors
Step One: Take your piece of card and draw a pattern or abstract design on one side using whatever you have chosen to colour with. I used watercolour pencils to draw little contemporary shapes and then washed over them with water, but you could use felt tips, coloured pencils or acrylic paint – take your pick.
Pattern ideas | flowers, dots, stripes, zig zags, eyes, circles with different patterns inside, houses, fruits, stars, grid, people, a forest, gingham, random shapes, spirals, waved lines, hands.
Step Two: Turn over your paper and divide it into equally sized rectangles. I did eight to make a larger quantity of smaller postcards and then just had a bit of an excess strip at the end that I recycled. Divide your card by drawing vertical lines to determine how many cards you want & then one horizontal line across the middle of the page, doubling the quantity.
Step Three: When you have drawn your lines and are happy with the size of your postcards, use your scissors to cut along the lines. This will divide your paper into your final postcard sizes.
Step Four: Flip over your cards to see your patterns come to life. Now all that is left to do is write a little greeting on the front of each card and there you have your very own postcard set, ready for action!
Greeting Ideas | Hello, Long Time No See, Hi There, Hello Petal, Hi, Thank you, Happy Birthday, Greetings, Hi Lovely, What’s Up?, Get Well Soon, With Love, Oh Hello, Bonjour, Ola, Good Morning.
How are you keeping in touch with your loved ones whilst we’re apart?