I made a few more cards tonight. I tried green ink instead of red. I think I like the red ones the best. I used a printing baren and a wooden spoon yesterday to press the paper on the block, forgetting I had a Speedball Model B press. I found the press much more consistent and less messy.
I was so excited when I discovered this box of 50 colorable postcards. I thought our family could send a different card to my great-niece once a week. What a great way to engage a young mind with nature and the joys of learning and corresponding! Our only disappointment is all fifty cards are not different. There appears to be two of each. I will have to find some other animal postcards to send alternately.
I found a fun set of six envelope templates at Michaels this week. I don’t think I have made my own envelopes since I created some from magazine pages when we regularly corresponded as part of our long-distance relationship.
My wife gave me a sheet of scrapbook paper to use tonight. I am going to repurpose some old New Yorker pages over vacation to make some more envelopes.
As a child I discovered this tradition while exploring my grandparents bookshelves. Inside the cover of many of the books, I found written in beautiful cursive one of my grandparent’s names, wishes for a happy birthday or a merry Christmas along with a sentiment of affection, a name or term of relationship, and a date.
David Stone. “Take time to give the gift of an inscription this holiday season.” The Press Enterprise. 4 Dec. 2020.