I mentioned in an earlier post that as well as giving individual cards to people for various occasions, I also give boxes of cards to friends and family as gifts. My sister-in-law Olivia has said that she wants to get cards for birthdays and Christmas for ever – one time I thought that she must be sick of that and gave her a necklace instead and she was most concerned that I had stopped making cards!
It can be fun to make a box of themed cards and decorate the box to match. Sometimes I use a card I’ve made to stick on the box but you can use anything you like. I always keep an eye out for pictures in magazines or calendars that might be suitable for that.
Sometimes I expand the theme and tie it in with something else. In this gift I had made some sea-themed soaps as well as cards, and packaged them up with a matching card.
But for my regular recipients of boxes of cards, most appreciated is a good selection of all sorts of different cards so that it increases the chances that they will have a card on hand that is suitable for any occasion for any recipient. Most of my cards are generic multi-use cards without any specific sentiment written on them so that they can be personalised for the specific occasion. Sometimes I make up a pack of paper inserts to stick into the cards that have a range of sentiments stamped or printed on them to make it easy to mix and match to customise as required.
I get such pleasure from feedback via people who have given my cards to others. A very lovely story via my friend Vicky who is a postie: she had given one of my cards to an elderly lady she sees regularly on her route for her birthday and a couple of days later the lady rushed out to greet her and took her inside to show her that she had framed it for her wall!