Now is the time to bring back the art of writing a good card

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Ellie Good Illustration sentiment greetings cards

I don’t know about you, but even before the pandemic, my heart would skip more than a beat when an envelope plopped through the front door with my address written in familiar handwriting. Whether it’s from a far-afield friend, or a sibling down the road, there are few things that make you feel more loved.

During the first lockdown last March, a friend and fellow parent of young kids hand-delivered some funny and thoughtful cards to a small group of us, cheering us on, and telling us we’ll be able to have a drink or two in the pub soon. It honestly kept me going for a week, and I still have it up in my kitchen now. (You know who you are, you peach).

In the title up there, I refer to writing a card as an art. But really, it doesn’t matter if you’re dyslexic, or you can never find the right place for a comma. It’s about the thought, right? And the thought IS the art. If there is ever a time for people to be thoughtful towards others, surely it’s now.

It is exactly because of all this that the insides of my cards are left blank. Hand-written sentiments mean so much more than a generic, mass-printed poem or ‘thoughtful’ wishes, printed by the million.

My latest collection of cards with actual, real words on the front, is a response to social distancing. They are the starting point of all the things we've wanted to say to the loved ones we've not been able to see during the COVID crisis. They're like a hug, but through the post.

Sometimes a blank page can sometimes feel daunting, so if you need help getting started, here are some pointers:

  • If someone likes you, they WANT to hear your news! What amused you today? What’s been happening? How is work going?
  • People love to be told why they’re special. Don’t be afraid to tell them! You’ll fill them with love and give them a confidence boost.
  • What prompted you to send the card? The old postcard phrase: ‘I saw this and thought of you’ is still good to use!
  • Be silly! Doodle something. Tell a joke.
  • If you’re really stuck then gaze out the window and tell the person what you see and how it makes you feel.
  • Do you have a running joke with the person? I often sign off as ’57 shits’ to one of my oldest buddies. (She loves me. I love her. It’s a long story.)

I’d love to see what sending and receiving greetings cards means to you! Show me by tagging @EllieGood_Illo on Instagram, or @EllieGoodIllustration on Facebook

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