Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Create Your Own Valentine Greeting Card

In less than a month now it will be Valentine's Day — to some a celebration of romance, to others just one more day to try and get people to part with their money.

I have to admit, I can be a little wishy-washy about this occasion. Sometimes it seems just plain silly that I must buy a card or gift to let my favourite guy know how special he is. And do I really need him to reciprocate so I know he feels the same way? Isn't this something we convey to each other every day, I ask myself in my cynical moments.

But then my inner Pollyanna speaks out, reminding me that while yes, we should appreciate our partner every day and make sure they feel appreciated at least that often, it doesn't always work that way.  Life can be crazy, chaotic and stressful. Sometimes the people we love most get shoved to the back of the line. So then, what's wrong with a little emphasis on romance? Having a day designed specifically to let someone know they're the most important thing to you sure can't hurt.

And as I've mentioned many times before, what can possibly mean more than a personal message, such as one in a handmade card? (This also eliminates the notion of the holiday being a money grab) How nice too that the web and technology have made this so much easier. With online graphics and tutorials you are able produce a professional looking product inspired by your personal feelings. 

There are many sites offering unique and diverse collections of love-inspired illustrations and others with step-by-step instructions on how to do it.  Here's a sampling I found to make the search easier:

YouTube Make Your Own Greeting Cards in Photoshop

About.com Create a Greeting Card With Photoshop

iCLIPART.com Valentine Collection

Acclaim Images Valentines

ClipartGuide Valentine Images

TOONClipart Valentine Cartoons

ClickArt Online Valentines Collection
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