A card to say…

by anna on February 21, 2012

in Anna's Blog

In Russia, we have this tradition – to give each other cards. Oftentimes, if present is given without a card, it is considered to be highly impolite.

Cards, both handmade and prefabricated, are given on all major holidays, such as New Year, Valentine’s Day, Motherland Defenders Day (02/23), International Woman’s Day (03/08), Knowledge Day (09/01 – when children go to school, they often bring a nice card to their first teacher), as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and suchlike.

The tradition lends itself not only to private life but to business as well. Cards are sent to business partners, employers and employees, contractors, and major clients. I guess, we just love cards in Russia :).

I’ve been making cards since I could hold scissors in my hand. After being about 7, I became sort of famous for my cards, and people started collecting them. Not that I didn’t actively participate in their distribution :). Since then, I’ve made hundreds (if not thousands – with my memory it is amazing as how I still remember my own name :D) of cards. I’ve made them because I LOVED making them.

When I was about 10, my cards went international :). Now my cards live in USA, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Japan, India, Brazil, Columbia, CΓ΄te d’Ivoire, and Kenya.

I love to give a card and see that happy smile as person opens and reads it :). Needless to say, that in my own family handmade cards occupy a hefty amount of living space :).

Throughout this post you can see pictures of the card I made for Ken for this Love’s Day (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day). The text inside has been blurred out for privacy reasons :). It goes just fine with his present, which unfortunately I can’t show you yet since I’ve submitted it for the monthly Polymer Clay Central contest :). There are quite a few neat entries in there, by the way, so you might want to go and take a look :).

Below are pictures of some other cards I made and gave away.

Have you given a card to your loved ones lately? Sometimes a handmade handwritten card can be much sweeter than a present itself. It is very simple to make one. Just fold a piece of nice paper in half, use double-sided tape to put a smaller piece of paper or fabric on front, and then glue a nice picture or one of your awesome handmade creations on top of that. There you go, you’ve got a neat card! πŸ™‚ Let me know if you want me to make a tutorial on a fancier one.

Speaking of tutorials, I’m going to start recording a new one, on hollow polymer filigree beads. Now that the big kaboom, a.k.a. my computer breakdown is almost over, I can get hold of my files and start doing something useful again :). I hope to have the tute ready in a couple days. Until then – bye, and thank you for staying with me!

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Gayla C February 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

Now I know why so many cards were from Russia on Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas site. I would look at them and the script was Russian and of course couldn’t read them! The Russian ladies did some really beautiful renditions of Tim’s tags!

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anna February 21, 2012 at 12:57 am

Yes, we do love cards! πŸ˜€ I went and looked on the website you mentioned, and the tags in Russian mostly say “Happy New Year” and “January”. In Russia, New Year is a major holiday. It starts about December 30 and ends when there is no more money to buy more drinks, usually around mid-January.

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