Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the notecard edition.
It's no surprise that I drool over beautifully crafted words— not just what they say, but how they look!
A bunch of us here at PAPER/PLATES have had a few email chains expressing our desire to take a letterpress class. Thanks to platforms like Dabble, it's pretty easy to find a half-day course where you can start learning the art, and leave with a dozen homemade cards. There's nothing more Etsy-chic than personalized letterpress stuff. But, unfortunately, weekends are precious real estate and we haven't made it to a class yet. Maybe we should just enlist the help of one of our hipster friends to give us a more low-key bit of instruction.
But just because you don't have "official" schooling doesn't mean you can't make some gorgeous cards! Recently I had some girls over to have a little craft day. For the novice, simpler is definitely better. If you follow the rule for makeup (play up just one feature!) you'll be pretty set for cards too. Try out a fun stamp, a bold shape, or some metallic letters, and you'll keep it classy. I like to mix paper prints in a few graphic cutouts — think a hot air balloon, a few falling leaves, some evergreen trees, or the snowman at left. After all, the message is the most important part.
Do you have any favorite crafting shortcuts? We've collected a few fun ideas on Pinterest!