ideas for postcards


Are you looking for a memorable way to ring in the New Year besides making resolutions?

2020 marks another chance for new beginnings and change. For many people, it means staying up until midnight, watching fireworks, and celebrating with friends and family.

This can also be a time to exchange gifts and cards with people you love. Why not create something meaningful to pass along to your loved ones this New Year?

In this post, we’ve got ideas for an inspirational New Years card your friends and family members will cherish in the year to come.

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Fill Your New Years Card With Buddha Bliss

Whenever a new year rolls around, everyone starts talking about resolutions. New Years resolutions give everyone a chance to make some change in their life, and often for the better.

In this sense, the New Year is like spring cleaning. It’s an opportunity to get rid of what’s not working anymore and bring in something new and enlightening.

The downside to this is the fact that it can be very hard to stick to resolutions. In fact, only 8 percent of people who make resolutions actually stick to them!

This can be for a variety of reasons. Some people make too many resolutions or make ones that are unrealistic. Others don’t follow through because a minor failure crops up.

When it comes to the language of Buddha, zen, and yoga, however, things are a bit different. These philosophies revolve around the basic fact that you can create change in your life at any point. You don’t need a New Year to make a resolution.

A great idea for a truly inspirational New Years card will emphasize this fact. Mention this in what you write on the inside of a card you purchase.

Or create a card of your own. On the outside, draw or paste an image of the Buddha or yoga ohm sign. Write Happy New Year underneath this image and something about the possibility of change every day on the inside of your card.

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Create a New Years Card Collage

The New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to look back on the previous year and reflect. Many people like to recall the many successes of the year or make hopes for fewer letdowns in the year to come.

When you’re crafting your inspirational New Years card, harness this power of reflection. If you are creating this card for a friend or family member, turn your card into a collage of the past year’s moments.

This can be relatively easy to do, given the technology we’re surrounded by these days. Current iPhone models actually compile certain photos you’ve taken on your phone into albums.

You can either download these straight to your printer or use My Postcard to create a collage of the past year’s highlights. Print these out onto a postcard or even as a wall hanging for a New Years card your recipient will never forget.

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Give Your Friends a Fortune Cookie

Everyone loves going to a Chinese restaurant and getting those tasty cookies for dessert. But the best part really is the fortune on the inside.

Who doesn’t like getting their fortune told? Bring the spirit of fortune-telling into your inspirational New Years card. You can go all the way and make your own fortune cookie out of paper mache if you want–it has been done.

Or you can create a card that is covered with fortune cookie fortunes, either ones that you’ve made up or others you’ve collected. Make sure you emphasize a fortune that will resonate with the recipient.

For example, you could cover the front of the card with typical fortune cookie fortunes and then include a single one on the inside with a personal message.

Or you could simply draw an image of a fortune cookie on the front of the card and include your own fortune on the inside.

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Encourage the Right Resolutions

With everyone talking about resolutions at this time of year, it can be hard not to mention them in a New Years card.

One thing you can do is encourage your recipient to make the right resolutions. You could take a humorous direction with this if you want.

For example, you could mention all of the typical new years resolutions on the outside of your card. These may include any of the following: get a new car, lose weight, eat healthier, spend more time with friends, etc.

On the inside, you could extend your recipient’s list of resolutions, including things like spend more time with you, eat more chocolate, love themselves more, create more memorable moments with you, etc.

However you want to spin it, you can create a clever New Years card by incorporating a New Years resolutions list in the card itself.

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Write a New Years Poem

If your inner poet is looking for a chance to express him or herself, now’s your chance! Include a small poem in your New Years card to personalize your message.

Or create your own card with a poem on the front. You don’t have to rhyme your poem, either. And it doesn’t have to be long. Your recipient will appreciate the time you’ve taken to craft a poem and will be more likely to take inspiration from your message.

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Give Your Recipient Your Own Resolution

Extend the spirit of Christmas a little bit by turning your New Years card into a figurative gift. This is great if you are trying to bring in a little bit of romance into your cards or to emphasize how much you love the recipient.

You can mention something about resolving to love the recipient until the end of time: This New Year’s, my resolution is to remind you how much I love you every day.

Or you can talk about how much you’re looking forward to spending time with your recipient in the coming year: Just like 2019, 2020 is going to be all about adventures with you.

Maybe this New Years is all about reconnecting with people you haven’t been in touch with for a while. Mention this in making your own resolutions: This 2020, it’s time to close the gaps of previous years.

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Make it Interactive

A clever way to encourage inspiration this New Years is to make your card interactive. This means creating a card that involves more than opening an envelope.

You can create a large party cracker, for example, that your recipient will have to open to access your letter on the inside. You can also fill the cracker with other small gifts, like candies, firecrackers, and gadgets.

You can also make your card into an interactive resolutions worksheet that your recipient will have to fill out. This may include checklists, blanks to write resolutions, and tear-out inspirational quotes.

An engaging New Years card is not only memorable–it also gives your recipient something tangible to take with them into the New Year.

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Fill Your Card with Celebration

This New Years, why not start the celebrations with the opening of your card? No matter what message you’ve written on the outside of your card, you can add flair and sparkle to your words by filling your card with glitter or confetti.

Your recipient will appreciate the surprise of opening your card (although they may not like the ensuing glitter cleanup!).

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Give an Unconventional New Years Card

Who says that a card has to be a folded piece of paper? New Years can be about unconventional things if you want it to be.

Give New Years “cards” that aren’t really cards at all. For example, you could write a sweet New Years message on a package of small firecrackers. Deliver a box of decadent chocolates to a friend with a message on the lid of the box. You could even write a note on the back of a favorite photograph that you’ve printed out.

Don’t be afraid to be unconventional in this way. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a box of chocolates?

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Commemorate History

People have been celebrating New Years for centuries. Why not commemorate history a little bit as you’re writing your cards?

A great way to do this is to purchase some vintage postcards and use these for your card. Sometimes vintage postcards do have writing on them, so be careful with you’re crafting.

Dig out some old black and white photographs, either in your family albums or in a thrift store, and use these in your card.

You can even choose a memorable year and mention in your card some key things that happened that year.

By commemorating history, your recipient will be inspired for the New Year in a unique way.

Ideas for Your Inspirational New Years Card

2020 is just around the corner. If you’re stuck trying to figure out what to write in your New Years cards, or want to create an original card of your own, try bringing the spirit of the New Year into your cards.

This may mean emphasizing zen philosophy or the spirit of change. You may want to give your recipient a fortune cookie fortune or commemorate history with an old postcard. Create a photo collage of last year’s favorite moments, or make your card interactive.

Whatever you do, including photos will personalize your cards in a way your recipient will never forget.

Check out our collection of DIY projects at MyPostcard for more brilliant ideas about creating gifts, household items, and more!

Or turn your memorable photos of 2017 into a postcard today!

When you’re trying to come up with a great birthday card for someone you care about, sometimes buying a card from the store just isn’t enough. Not only is it un-personalized, it’s also just not unique.

What will really stand out and give that birthday girl/boy a card that means something special is a card that you create yourself. While this can seem a little scary or overwhelming, it’s actually really simple.

Even if you weren’t hit on the head with the creative branch when you were young, you can still create a birthday card that stands apart from the rest. Whether you’re creating a card for your significant other, your mom, your brother, your coworker, or teacher, you can use these tips and inspirations to create a truly unique card!

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

When creating the perfect birthday card for a special person in your life, there are several different things to take into consideration before you begin crafting your ideas. The last thing you want to make is a card that is underwhelmed by its lack of personality. You want the card to reflect things about yourself, as well as things about the person receiving it.

Before you start sketching ideas or buying materials, ask yourself a few questions.

How Old Is the Birthday Girl/Boy Turning?

This may seem obvious, but it’s something that a lot of people don’t take into consideration enough. The card you would make for a 5-year-old is vastly different than the birthday card you would create for someone turning 70.

If you’re making a card for your grandmother, you may want to use lighter and softer colors, maybe add some lace or yarn, something that fits their age and interests.

If you’re making a card for your 7-year-old brother, you may want to take a different route. Consider what their interests are, and use more cartoon-like images, brighter colors, and flashy designs.

What Is Your Relationship With this Person?

Like with age, your relationship to the person makes a difference in the type of card that you want to create. The biggest reason to make a DIY card rather than buy one is to create something unique and personal.

If you are making a birthday card for your wife or husband, you might consider creating a more intimate or romantic card, something that reflects the relationship you have together. You can use a phrase or quote that is full of intimate love, or something that is more private.

If you are making a card for your best friend, you may want to make a birthday card that represents the times you’ve had together, fond memories, or interests that maybe only you know they like. Use the card as a canvas to show them how much you value them and their friendship. This will mean more to them than a silly card you bought at WalMart for 6 bucks.

What Interests Does This Person Have?

It is their birthday, after all, their card should reflect things that they care about, things that they like and enjoy, things that interest them. If you’re making a card for your uncle who’s favorite pass-time is riding bikes, why not make them a card with bikes on it? Or a quote that has to do with riding bikes?

Don’t be afraid to get creative with this, it is what will set your card apart from others. If your little sister is turning 13 and loves books, you aren’t going to want to make her a card that is full of sports-themes, especially if she doesn’t really care about sports.

What makes this birthday card you’re making so special is your connection with this person and your attention to details about their lives. That’s the type of thing that makes people feel close to you.

If you are having a hard time figuring out what their latest favorite color is, or whether or not they have gotten over their obsession with a character or song or activity, reach out to others that know this person well and find out. The last thing you want to do is add something to a card that the person doesn’t want or like.

How to Get Creative With the Art and Design

Now that you have a pretty good idea about these important factors from the person who you’re making a card for, you can start creating. Before you start cutting and gluing away, you should begin getting design ideas by making a brainstorm list.

This is the time when you will take all of their likes, interests, hobbies, favorite colors, etc, into action. Pick a few things that you think will mean the most to that person, and come up with some ideas that go along with these things.

If you’re making a card for your favorite teacher at your school, and you know they are huge into typography and hearing/reading the news, you could take a bunch of cool looking news clippings and make an awesome collage. You could even have bold and important letters and words in the clippings spell out their name, or happy birthday.

There are endless possibilities to what you can make and create, especially when it comes to someone you love and or care about.

Using Materials that Reflect Their Interests

Let’s say you’re making a birthday card for your older sister who absolutely loves the color yellow, white lace, and dainty flowers. You can head to any craft store and find some awesome materials that give you many options for design ideas. Maybe you can find some small yellow bows or white lace ribbon.

These materials will make it easy to incorporate the things she loves without having to spend a bunch, and add awesome visual design and texture that can far surpass a store-bought birthday card.

Say your sister also loves Henry David Thoreau, on the front, or even the inside you can include a quote like “All good things are wild and free,” and surround it with wildflowers that you draw, or cut out of paper or felt.

Getting creative with materials will help you get more creative with your birthday card design and how you involve their interests in it.

Use Colors that They Actually Like

When it comes to DIY birthday cards, colors are huge. They can make or break your design, so it is important to make sure you are using colors that not only look great together but that they also like.

For instance, pink and brown go great together, but if your niece hates the color brown, you should find one of the other hundreds of colors that look good with pink instead.

The same thing applies vice-versa, just because they love orange and purple, doesn’t make them magically stop clashing. Just be mindful of these things.

If you are unsure of what colors go great together, consider consulting a color wheel. This will help you create a pallet that has not only colors that mesh perfectly, but also colors that make your birthday-person smile.

Keep It Simple

This is probably the most important tip out of them all. Sometimes when you are trying to incorporate all of the things this person likes, you can get a little carried away. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone.

Simple designs are something that almost all people in this world are naturally drawn to because it leaves room to breathe, and gives the person viewing the opportunity to finish the picture inside their own head.

If you are having a hard time figuring out how much is too much, consider the infamous rule of thirds. Try picking only three colors, or three fabrics, three designs on the front, etc. Once you start adding in more and more elements, it starts to get overwhelming, and the meaning behind the card starts getting drowned out by the content.

Seriously, the simpler the better. Just make sure that you do add enough to still get your personalized and unique message across, just try not to do so with seven colors, four textures, five fonts, and eight pictures. Just keep it simple.

Make the Birthday Card Show How Much You Care

Again, the biggest reason why you would want to make a DIY birthday card is that you want to give them something personal from you. More important than the colors, the design, and the art is what you have to say.

Make sure that the card reflects what you find special about this person, and how they impact you. When you make a birthday card from scratch, with your own ideas, and your own hands, it’s hard to mess that up. Don’t forget to make the card reflect how much this person means to you.

While it’s fine to look around for ideas and inspiration, make sure that what you are making is original, unique and personal. So have fun, put your heart into it, and make something special and beautiful for someone you love today. Good luck!