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Christmas and Greeting Cards Tools and Techniques

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The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques brims with useful information with a fully illustrated guide. It filled with hundreds of definitions and descriptions of important card tools, materials and technique that make Christmas and holiday greeting messages outstanding.

Handmade Greeting Cards a Long Tradition Around the World

The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques creates a connection to people and places around the world. As far back at 2500 BC, the Egyptians were using papyrus, a paper-like substance, on which to write greetings. The Aztecs, Greeks, Chinese, Spanish, and Germans were among those creating personalized cards.

Christmas cards have been the most popular however those made for Valentine’s Day run a close second. Author Susan Pickering Rothamel provides a history of methods used to create cards throughout history, using illustrations to depict the various ways cards were produced and reproductions of some of the original cards.

 

Specific Holidays Around the World

Along with a calendar, the section of holidays around the world provides dates, holidays and the country in which it is celebrated. There is a separate section for Chinese holidays while those celebrated by a variety of countries from places in Europe, Latin America and Africa are listed alphabetically. Christmas greetings in the language of specific countries is a special feature.

Tips for Becoming a Greeting Card Creator

The steps included by the author include:

  • Personalizing the message
  • Dating cards to create keepsakes
  • Set up schedule of important dates and prepare cards beforehand
  • Add a special, handwritten message with the signature

The examples in The Encyclopedia of Greeting Cards offer unusual cards that will stand out from those found on racks in stores. This is especially true of Christmas cards that can include everything from personal stories, poignant memories, funny stories to deeply religious.

Even children can make the cards using simple tools such as:

  • Crayons
  • Glitter rubber stamps and stamp pads.
  • Stickers
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Glue

An example that a child can make is a Christmas card using an old credit card to layer a bumpy coat of artist’s cement mixed with acrylic paint. For a card with a Christmas tree, a popsicle stick can be used to create a pattern that is then sprinkled with a few beads.

Card-Making Methods

There are a number of suggestions for creating Christmas cards such as using chromolithography, clay, clear art stamps and clip art.

Clip art is especially accessible and can be copied, scanned or printed from the computer directly onto card stock. it is usually copy-right free but in some cases requires a use fee.

The paper that can be used for cards is described as a material made of fibers composed of cellulose held together by hydrogen bonding. The most common source of paper fiber is wood pulp.

Paper used for cards described in the book include:

  • Coated paper stock that may have a glossy, matte or satin finish
  • Cold-pressed paper that as a lightly textured surface

Among the selections to be used for making cards are choices as to texture, bright or subtle whites and color tones, and different levels of opacity or translucency, Each paper type has different characteristics including how it accepts paint, markers, stamping or cutting. Photo paper should be used If an inkjet or laser printer will be used.

The making of the cards as described in the book provides an opportunity to create unique and memorable, keepsake greeting cards.

Rothamel, Susan Pickering, The Encyclopedia of Greeting Cards: Tools and Techniques. NY: Lark Books.

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