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If you're crafty, make your own. If you're not, there are other ways in this article.

If you’re crafty, make your own. If you’re not, there are other ways shown in this article.

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Send A Card To A Friend Day, February 7th

February is a month of many kinds of celebrations: Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, Valentine’s Day, National Cherry Month, among others.

But there’s one special day devoted to the love between friends, and that’s Send A Card To A Friend Day on February 7th.

There are several ways to do this, depending on the situation. If the friend has access to a computer or an electronic gadget, you can send a card online. I’ve provided links for you to browse for that perfect one. If no electronics are involved, there’s always snail mail. Here’s where the creative part comes in. Remember, the card you send only has to be heartfelt, not perfect. Anyone can participate in celebrating this day, no matter your country, race or creed.

Our Family and Friends Are Dear To Us

Don’t take family for granted. None of us are going to be here forever, and it would certainly brighten someone’s day to receive a card from you, indicating that you consider them a friend as well as related. Then too, we all have those folks who aren’t relatives, but who are sometimes closer to us than blood. If we’ve shared both good and bad events with them, we’ve bonded. I know a friend who I’ve had since I was 15 years old and we’ve shared many sorrows and joys.We live across the country from each other now, but we stay in touch. Of course, she’s on my list for  Send A Card To A Friend Day. If you also have such a dear friend and they’re online, you can send them a card electronically. If that’s not possible, there are always paper cards you can buy. If you’re creative, you’ve probably already thought of a thousand things to use to make a card, since you’ve been reading this.

A Beautiful Tradition

Two people I know sent the same card back and forth for years, noting the year each time. Although the sentiment on the card never changed, neither did their friendship. The one who received the final card, treasures it to this day, as a remembrance of their beautiful, long lasting friendship. That might be a tradition you’d want to consider with YOUR friend.

Don’t Wait, Time Is Running Out

February gets here before you know it, and as our shortest month, it’s just as quickly gone! Why not get started today? Browse through this page and see what you need to let them know on February 7th, how much their friendship means to you. Oh, and there are FREE cards available on some of these sites listed, but make sure you check to be sure. Usually if you do a search on the site for free cards, they’ll show you a selection. I’ll give you a few links for online cards here, after which we’ll talk about creating them yourself. Try these links for online cards:

http://www.123greetings.com/

http://www.bluemountain.com/

http://www.americangreetings.com/

Animated Cards

If you’re looking for something with animation, here’s a site that is beautifully done, complete with music. There is a nominal yearly fee to join, but the cards are truly gorgeous. The company is based in the UK, but covers all American holidays, and many from other nations. Before sending, you might want to make sure on what device the recipient will be receiving the card. Some devices don’t accept flash, which is necessary to receive and play these cards.

http://www.jacquielawson.com/

What About Creating Your Own?

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty with making your own. If you’re good and precise with cutting out paper, you might want to make something designed strictly from your own ideas. Note the precise cutting and putting together of the cards at the top of this page. If you can do such a thing, that’s wonderful, but again, the card you send only has to be heartfelt, not perfect. I know a few people that make cards that absolutely look professional. I’ve sent cards I’ve printed out on my computer and dressed up with some glitter. That’s the extent of my ability. But many of you are much more creative than I am. So whatever you come up with, as long as your heart is in the right place, your family or friend will love it.


 

There IS Another Option

Don’t despair if you can’t make your own, because there’s another option! Design a paper greeting card online, with your own work. They will make the card and even mail it for you, if you so desire. How easy is that? Here’s a link for that choice:

http://www.cardstore.com/

Some of the other online sites mentioned above also have the same services. Don’t be shy;  contact them and ASK.

Here’s MY Choice For Many Years

If you’re wondering what my choice is, here it is. I prefer to make and print my own cards. Now I realize there are folks who can’t understand why in the world anyone would want to go to all this trouble. Well, it’s like this, with all the beautiful cards out there in the stores, I still like the personal touch for my close friends and relatives.

Boxed cards give you a limited choice of designs and I hate sending the same card out to family or friends, which can easily happen. So I use a software program, Hallmark Greetings, and print my own. Then I usually glitter them up with sparkle glue or sparkle craft paint. It satisfies my creative urge, and my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren love them. They’ve put away my cards for the past number of years, ever since I began making them. Someday, they’ll be able to pull them out (I always put “Made Especially For You, by Mom (Granny or whatever fits who I’m sending the card to) along with the month on the back. This gives them a remembrance from those years when they received a handmade card from me. The Hallmark Greetings program is easy to navigate, and before long you feel like an old pro at making these cards. It also doesn’t cost an arm and leg for a one-time purchase, and it’s available from this page through Amazon, where I’ve given you links below. However most greeting card software will do. One caution: make sure you’re buying the software for the computer system you’re running. I bought mine for Windows 7 and it now runs fine on Windows 10. So just be sure to read the description as to which program will work properly for you and your specific operating system.

OH, and Happy Send A Card To A Friend Day! Don’t Forget February 7th!