Why (ou)rCards?

I love taking photographs & sharing them…

Printing, matting, framing and then finding a gallery is a lot of money…

I’ve been thinking about something my mom said to me. My sister has always been good with sending Thank You cards for every little gift. So, as a big brother should, I recently began imitating her (well, a few years ago, now). My mom called me one day to tell me that my grandparents always tell her how pleased they are when they get a thank you note from my sister or me.

It’s really a simple thing to do and, you know, SHOULD be done (especially when it gets you points with your parents and your grandparents!!) So one day, out I go to buy a card for a special note and as I was searching for just the right one, and just before I gave up and talked myself out of my intended good, I realized I could combine my photography with my good intentions. And rCards was born.

I decided to be VERY picky about the images that would be on rCards. Thank you cards are usually smaller in size and I decided to stick with that smaller (4bar) size. Besides, I didn’t want to write a story, I just want us to be able to write a simple little thought to someone. I decided to print my images on 3″ x 3″ double reinforced paper so the quality is such that the image could be peeled off the card and framed – ah ha! A gift of art in a card!

Handwriting is such a personal gesture…

Next I decided a good heavy stock cover would handle my images well, and I wanted to make sure we were “green” – Waste Not Paper has been a huge help – 30% post-consumer recycled material and processed chlorine free paper, from a mill that is responsible, sustainable forestry certified and created using renewable energy sources, such as hydro power or wind power. All made in the USA.

Next was choosing the colors – I decided white was too boring.  I decided to start with the 6 basic colors of the rainbow, bright and cheery. Colors started to expand some (as you can tell). haha BUT, I didn’t want to make you, the customer, have too many decisions to make. So, after reviewing all of the images on each color and picking out those which complemented each image, it is your privilege to make the final color decision. Because some colors have been eliminated, any color you pick, the image will look great on it!

As I was looking at the images, I thought these are more than just thank-you cards – these could be used for anything;  Birthdays, holiday greeting cards, get well soon, thinking of you – you name it. Pick an image that reminds you of an event, a person, or one that you think your special recipient would simply like, and then hand-write your simple note, invite, thank you, or whatever your thought is.

Handwriting is such a personal gesture, so much more than a preprinted card that you bought and simply jotted your name on. It may take a little bit more thought – but that’s part of the good intentions you started out with, right?  In this world of emails and text messaging, personal interaction is something most people remember. And who knows, think of the points you are going to get with a handwritten note to someone (and it includes a small piece of original art)! I like to think I made my parents proud when they received a phone call from THEIR parents. Make your parents or special someone proud with (ou)rCards.


manifest your good intentions…

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