- make stuff that looks home made and not in a good way,
- have too much time on our hands, and
- spend too much money making stuff that looks home made and not in a good way.
Decided to make a coordinating envelope because I could --
I have no idea if I succeeded because our recipients usually don't say things like "wow, this is really juvenile." They nod and say thanks and then talk about us behind our backs. Whatever. They're in therapy and we aren't. So there.
I used these tips to create what I hope is a card that works for a non crafter:
- It fits easily into an envelope!
- The sentiment makes sense to, and doesn't offend, the recipient. Puns will work, depending on the recipient. But slang, such as "Xmas," or "luv" might not. Some folks even object to "congrats." Suggesting a non crafter follow his or her bliss might leave the recipient confused. Therefore, unless you know your recipient well, avoid slang and use complete, correctly spelled, and frequently used, words or phrases.
- Some trends are only trends in the papercrafting community, while others cross over into the general pop. Example: handwritten (or bold scripty) fonts are everywhere, but sequins not so much.
- Stamp or print an inside sentiment. Whenever a friend visits, we inevitably end up in my craft room, where I show them my stuff. Every single non crafter opens the cards and comments that there is no sentiment on the inside. (I don't have one for this card, so a hand note will have to suffice.)
- Make it well. Total ink coverage, straight sentiment, etc. You know the drill. These are qualities that everything we make should have, but a crafter might understand slightly spotty ink coverage -- a non crafter won't.