TOP 5 WRITING TIPS TO NAIL YOUR GREETING CARD
How to write a greeting card
Greeting card troubles? Pour a drink and tell us about it. We know the drill. You have been tirelessly browsing through beautiful greeting cards for your dearest. But now the card is here in its jhola, quirky and cool. And you stand baffled. This is your last challenge. The hardest one. Writing a message.
Greeting card quotes and wishes have long become a cliche. Here is what to write on a card and how to go about it.
1. Add a personal touch
Personalising can do wonders. Take care even as your purchase the card. Customized pop-up cards are the current buzz. Think of a quirky Spongebob-Patrick pop-up card for your bestie and an elegant red bouquet card for your beloved. (Or Lilies if she isn’t a red-rose person.)
Could it get more personal than you handwriting? The sentiment is this- years later, they open your cards, the smell of old ink and the feel of your cursive must wash over them like a warm sea breeze. Sneak in a lovely wildflower if you can. It shall remain within your card for ages to come.
-If you feel your handwriting isn’t good enough. Bat that insecurity away. We know no one curves that ‘S’ as peculiarly as you do. There are a thousand printed, synthetic cards. Messy is beautiful.
2. Pen down genuine and unusual compliments
Compliments on a greeting card are tricky. We do not comment often on how beautiful people can be. Inside out. People receive enough compliments about their hair, work and sense of style.
- Add a line on what is intricately lovely about them. It could concern their heart, strength, drive or patience.
- People like it you attribute the compliment to their passion. For instance, your photographer friend might like nothing better than a cool camera pop up card with a couplet.
Unusual and genuine compliments make you stand out.
3. Sneak in a memory
Memorable gifts have a way of sneaking into our hearts.
- If you want to come across as an extremely keen romantic, include a ‘memorabilia’. A memorabilia is a phrase that summons memories.
It could be the date or place of a memorable occasion. Or a particularly disastrous day in the kitchen as your learnt to cook (if it’s your poor mum)
- It could even be quotes from books they enjoyed or a song they hum.“Quick, make a wish. Take a (second or third or fourth) chance. Remake the world."
-Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun
- “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”
-Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
4. Set the right mood
Setting the tone of writing is key. Take note of the person you are writing to. For instance, there are two types of people-
- The bubbly, colourful crowd that is lavish with heart emojis. They are daisies, sunflowers and butterflies. Pick a loud card. Feel free to unravel your rainbow pens. You can overload on enthusiasm and leave a trail of smilies and hugs.
- On the other hand, there is the enigmatically subtle crowd whose maximum expression is a :) -
Go classic and simple on these people. A deep, sincere sentence underlined with a fountain pen would mean the world to them. They do not mind reading winding letters, in fact they might cherish it.
5. Do not compromise
Nothing. We repeat. Nothing can replace good old greeting cards. Not an email, however long that be. Not a whatsapp message. Don’t get us started on that. We have to cling to such little acts of genuine expression. You can find enchanting cards with super-fast delivery services online, in one click of your mouse.
Hold on to these 5 tips and write away! In no time, you shall be crowned as the sweetest person in the room. Let us know about you writing triumphs. Cheers!