Showing posts with label cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cards. Show all posts

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hallmark’s Sarah Richardson Collection

Canadian designer Sarah Richardson's collection consisting greeting cards, stationery, gift bags and more is exclusively available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores across Canada. Two of Sarah's elegant design themes from her collection with Kravet fabrics have also carried over into the collection and are featured on two stationery box sets.

Monday, October 14, 2013

That Sky Blue Letterpress Collection From Hallmark

Hallmark Canada is pleased to introduce “That Sky Blue,” a new collection of letterpress stationery that launched in Hallmark Gold Crown stores across Canada on September 20th, 2013. The high-end, modern cards are made using century old, vintage machinery to capture the true letterpress process and is designed and produced in Montreal, Quebec. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Posting Cards To Keep in Touch With Family and Friends

When life gets a little busy with work, studies or hobbies :) we forget the most important thing, our family and friends especially the extended ones. It is quite important to keep ties, so our children know their relatives. I joined Hallmark's Get Carded Challenge because I believe it is important to keep in touch with family and friends. I posted several greeting cards to those near and dear to me. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pause to Share Your Love

Its February and everywhere we look we can see that love is in the air.  Hallmark makes it easy for us to show our loved ones how much we care with their cute, unique gift ideas and cards.  Here are some Valentine's specific products. 

CUPIG
“CUPIG” shuffles and shakes his belly while singing a parody of the “Cupid Shuffle.” The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for those looking for some cuddly comfort. 

Love Ya Pup plush toys
This adorable pup’s ears flap as he says “Who do I love? You-oooh!” Coordinates with matching activity book that has 32 pages of mazes, colouring pages and word searches.
Blooming Expressions Flowers
Reveals our love all year with a flower that blooms at the push of a button.  This would be a perfect flower vase to keep in the desk at home or work.  There are lots of designs to choose from.
Something for You Pup
Deliver a special something in a memorable way with this cute pup. Simply place an item in his mouth (anything from a card or flower, to a small box of candy) and give it to your loved one. When your Valentine pulls it out, the puppy will give a little “grrr” and then a happy “ruf, ruf!” with a wagging tail.  I think this is a cute way to deliver the gift.
Ultimate Gift Bear
This ultra soft and cuddly teddy bear comes with a festive (removable) bow, so it can be given for any occasion.  Who wouldn't love a cuddly bear :)
Hallmark has always been my go-to-place when I look for thoughtful quality cards to give to family and friends.  Signature greeting cards from Hallmark makes it easy for us to express how we feel and they make a cherishable gesture.
They have Valentine’s Day Signature Collection Cards that are handcrafted with beautiful paper, rich texture and just the right embellishments.  
Hallmark also has Card Presenters specifically for Adults, this collection of cards complete with elegant and beautiful designs and are highly crafted with gems, attachments and a unique clasp. The embossed envelopes add a special touch that shows our loved ones that we care.
Fuzzie Wuzzies Card Presenters would be loved by Kids.  My children love how the card looks and feels.  This line of cards feature cute critters covered in fun textures with a Valentine message tucked inside.  Children will like storing their cute belongings inside this little friend i.e. tweety, monkey and snoopy after they remove their message.  
Hallmark wants Canadians to “press pause” to take time to “share their love” and celebrate the occasions that make our lives meaningful.  Love can be celebrated anytime so get these cute products from Hallmark to give it to those you love.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Calligraphy and making cards

The art of writing is fascinating and truly a blessing. I have always admired calligraphy, even as a child. My uncle does beautiful calligraphy, and I thank him for showing me the beauty of calligraphy.


I have spent some time trying to learn calligraphy and picked up a variety of books to learn this skill.  I found The Complete Idiot's guide to Calligraphy very helpful.  It is detailed and has all the information we need. This book is organized in a simple, easy to read/ understand way.  The book has lots of tips and helpful practice pages.  I like the 1,2,3 arrows that direct us to which way we should move the pen.



We can put the skills we learn from this book to make beautiful artwork, cards and use it in many other creative projects. The book shows how we can incorporate calligraphy into our projects such as making bookmarks, wedding invitations and attaching tassels with embroidery thread etc.  To learn calligraphy we don't need to have artistic talents or good handwriting, we just need practice.  



People have spent time learning and using this skill of calligraphy in ancient art of gold embossing, illumination, bookmaking, handwriting etc...  The book mentions about the art of Japanese calligraphy or Shodo and about scrolls where the calligraphers write quickly without altering or touching the letters afterwards.   The Japanese symbols are adapted from the 4th century Chinese writing Kanji, {which means characters from China} uses a brush technique.  In Japan and many other cultures calligraphy is about mind, spirit and technique.

I used the formal italic script to write in this card, which is not joined like cursive.
A few things about Calligraphy that I learned from the book
  • Calligraphy comes from the Greek word Kallos, which means beautiful and Graphein meaning to write.  
  • The writing in calligraphy is slightly slanted to eliminate the need to constantly lift the pen nib.
  • Writing on a slanted board without hunching over helps to form this writing.
  • To start off, we can use 2mm wide carpenter pencil. Keep the eye and paper 10" apart.  Sit straight with the feet on the ground.  Hold the pen normally 1/2" from the end of the pen.  The nib should point in the same direction and should be in a 50 degree angle from the writing surface.  If it comfortable for you then it is better to keep the little finger extended for stability.
  • When framing calligraphy choose simple frames that have wide margin space.
Learning how to use the tools correctly is important to do this craft well. The book explains how to use the nib, the type of inks and paper.  
  • Felt tip pens are not as good, but I used a pen I got from Walmart which was for calligraphy. The book suggests using flexible nibs for easy strokes and acid free paper.  
  • Don't use paper that becomes yellow fast i.e. newspaper has lots of acid.  Good papers have a watermark when it is held to light.  If the paper is too slippery rub it with a soft eraser.
The books suggests for us to keep our calligraphic work simple, uncluttered and eye-catching.  There are tips on how we can make our own pens using bamboo canes, dried stem, possible sticks, foam felt, make up sponge or quill with feather.  It also explains how to make rubber stamps using plastic erasers to emboss or deboss letters. There is information on how we can cut out 3D decorations. Details about drawing with double pencils, using gold paint to fill between the lines and adding ribbons to scrolls.  


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