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Greeting Card Alternatives

December 31, 2007

Greeting cards with bowsFor the last few years I have made a $100 donation to the National Arbor Day Foundation to help restore the rain forest in Central America, instead of sending out Christmas cards to my selected 100 people. This usually costs me $1 per person plus postage if any, and more than half of these go to people at my work. I made up postcards that read:

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"Merry Christmas!
In your honor, 250 square feet of rain forest will be restored in Central America by the National Arbor Day Foundation."

I've discovered that people are more delighted with this simple gift than they are with a plain card, candy or trinket. I then started making a monthly donation to NADF to replant trees in fire-ravaged forests and sending out a postcard to my birthday recipients that reads:

"Happy Birthday! In honor of your birthday, a tree will be planted in a fire-ravaged forest by the National Arbor Day Foundation."

This too has been a popular gift. Each one (birthday and Christmas) only costs me a dollar per person, plus postage and printing on recycled card stock from my computer, and I've made a donation to a eco-friendly charitable organization!

Happy Yule!

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December 24, 2004

Use clip art that you can snag on the Internet and save to a 3-1/2" floppy file, for later use. Look at some old greeting cards for verses and email your personal greeting card messages to friends.

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September 23, 2008

Looking through crafts, I found an article about making seed paper by Ellen Brown. I am going to try this, but want to know how to put a greeting on the front of the card?



Barb from NY

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

It would be really easy and look very nice if you printed the greeting on a piece of vellum paper slightly smaller then the card and affixed it with a piece of ribbon. A co-worker did this with her plantable wedding invitations and it turned out beautifully.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

It would be really easy and look very nice if you printed the greeting on a piece of vellum paper slightly smaller then the card and affixed it with a piece of ribbon

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Thanks for this idea. I really like it and will try it.
Barb

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

You are very welcome. You should post pics when you get them finished. =)

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

The other ideas are better, but I was thinking you could also rubber stamp your card.
I would love to get a seed paper card. What a great idea.

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

I was thinking you could also rubber stamp your card. I can't believe I didn't think of this. I just joined a stamping class. I'll try both ideas. Thanks for posting this. I love this site and the people on it.

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September 26, 20080 found this helpful

I've seen that paper online too ! That's very cute!
here are some free printable quotes to use with your cards : www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF...

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