I hate the amount of paper waste that occurs. I’m guilty of it too – food packaging, junk mail, the list goes on. One of the few paper items (other than toilet paper) that I’m willing to buy is a greeting card. There’s so much impersonal contact with computer use, that I think it’s really nice when someone shows you they took the time to pick out a card, write a note in it, and mail it. Simple, old-fashioned heartfelt communication. I will admit, if I’m giving a card in-person to someone who is familiar with my reuse tactics, I’ll often leave the envelope blank and write my message/sign my name on a small post-it note and stick it inside the card so the recipient can ‘re-gift’ it if they choose.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to draw things, and with the holidays coming up, a greeting card seemed like a good idea. I pulled out my Bamboo tablet (for those who don’t know, an electronic drawing pad and pen) and played around for a few hours in Photoshop. Then I remembered why I put the tablet back in its box last time. It seems as though you need the steady hands of a surgeon to draw well on the thing. So, I pulled out a fine-tipped black sharpie and a piece of paper and went to work. I’ve developed somewhat of a fascination with cute cartoon-like owls – and that’s what I drew.
The picture I’ve posted is what resulted after scanning and coloring the image. I also spent an entire day searching for a font that I really liked. Incase anyone likes the “Happy Holidays” font as much as I do: it’s called Urania and is free at urbanfonts.com !
So what do you think, are greeting cards wasteful or joyful?