Celebrate National Send a Card to a Friend Day with 13 Easy Card Ideas

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Last Updated: February 3, 2024

Did you know that February 7th is National Send a Card to a Friend Day

It's the perfect opportunity to spread some love and cheer to your dearest friends and showcase your crafting skills. It doesn’t matter if you're a seasoned pro at crafting handmade cards or just looking for some simple yet heartfelt card ideas, we've got something for you in this blog post. 

Find out more about this annual special holiday and discover easy cardmaking ideas for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024!

Green and gold friendship-themed card with leaves and bird images

Products Used: Peeking Leaves Cover Die, Feathered Friends Die

Why Send a Card?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of card making, let's take a moment to appreciate the art of sending a card. 

In this digital age, where emojis, social media, and text messages reign supreme, there's something truly special about receiving a physical handmade card in the mail. It shows that someone took the time and effort to create a card, write a thoughtful message, and send it off with love.

Plus, who doesn't love the excitement of finding a surprise in their mailbox? So, let's embrace the joy of snail mail and celebrate National Send a Card to a Friend Day with gusto!

What Is National Send a Card Day? Find out more here.

The sentiment "Life is beautiful with friends like you" on a white ripped note with an Altenew flower stamp.

Easy Handmade Card Ideas for National Send a Card Day 2024

Now, onto the fun part – making those handmade cards! If you're not exactly a crafting wizard, fear not. These easy handmade card ideas are perfect for beginners and seasoned pros alike. Get ready to unleash your inner artist and create some truly memorable cards for your friends.

1. Watercolor Wonder

Grab some watercolor paper, a few vibrant watercolor paints, and a paintbrush. Let your creativity run wild as you paint a beautiful abstract design or a simple floral pattern.

You can also do a simple watercolor wash background and pop up some die-cuts and sentiments! Once dry, write a sweet message on the inside of the card, and voila – you've got a stunning handmade card that's sure to brighten someone's day.

Watercolor thank you card featuring Altenew's Hello Beautiful, FairyTale Florals, and Thank You Builder Sets
A stunning 3D embossed watercolor handmade card with 3D sunflowers, made with Altenew Sunflower Bundle 3D Embossing Folder and True Friends Stamp Set

Products Used: Sunflower Bundle 3D Embossing Folder, True Friends Stamp Set

A handmade card idea for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024 with the message "Craft friends are the best friends!" stamped on the card front.
A thank you card for a friend with a watercolor wash background and heat-embossed roses

2. Keep It CAS.

Keeping your handmade cards clean and simple will help you create them in bulk. Make sure to choose a gender-neutral design if you intend to send some to your male friends, cousins, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Here are more clean and simple cards you can easily try!

A simple, masculine handmade card with stamped leaves on the side and a sweet sentiment for friends, made with Altenew True Friends Stamp and Stencil Set

Products Used: True Friends Stamp Set and Stencil Set

A clean and simple handmade card idea for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024, made with Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set

Product Used: Crafty Friends Stamp Set

A masculine friendship-themed card idea for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024, made with Altenew True Friends Set
A clean and simple tulip card with a friendship sentiment featuring Altenew Build-A-Garden Tulips & Friends Set
A set of handmade cards for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024, featuring Altenew Sweet Spray Stamp and Die Set

3. Add Some Dimension and Texture.

Clean and simple cards are great, but if you want to take it up a notch, you can always go for some extra dimension and texture. Here are a few ways to do this as well as some easy card ideas.

A floral handmade card by Jennifer McGuire featuring Altenew Jumbo Garden Layering Die Set, Lacy Panel Die, and Friends Forever Stamp Set

Products Used: Jumbo Garden Layering Die Set, Lacy Panel Die, and Friends Forever Stamp Set

3D embossed thank you card featuring Altenew Areca Palm 3D Embossing Folder and Fancy Thanks Die
A friendship-themed card idea for National Send a Card to a Friend Day 2024 featuring Altenew Feathered Friends Die Set, Anywhere With You Stamp Set, Dreamy Sunset Paper Pack, and Alluring Blooms Paper Pack

Products Used: Feathered Friends Die Set, Anywhere With You Stamp Set, Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack, and Alluring Blooms 6x6 Paper Pack

A clean and simple, gender-neutral card with a tied bow die-cut and the message "Crafty friends stick together" stamped in the middle
A slimline handmade masculine card by Jennifer McGuire featuring Altenew Abstract Seascape Slim Cover Die, Feathered Friends Dies, and Flower Vine Stamp Set
A couple of handmade DIY cards for crafty friends featuring Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set, Simple Shapes Stamp Set, and Watercolor Wonders Stamp Set
A colorful DIY card idea made with Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set and Sweet Dreams, Tea Party, Summer Afternoon Washi Tapes
A bon voyage card with a die-cut image of a bird and a background of clouds featuring Altenew Feathered Friends Die Set and Cloudy Day 3D Embossing Folder

Products Used: Feathered Friends Die Set and Cloudy Day 3D Embossing Folder

Lydia’s video tutorial below shows another way to add some dimension with no added bulk!

4. Embossed Elegance

If you're feeling fancy, try your hand at embossing. Both heat and dry embossing are perfect for quick and easy handmade cards! Here are a few card ideas to inspire you!

A blue and green thank you card with the word die-cut "thank you" and a resist heat-embossed background
3D embossed sunflowers on a handmade friendship card the sentiment #Bestfriends, featuring Altenew Sunflower Bundle Embossing Folder and True Friends Stamp and Die Set
A blue and gold thank you card with 3D embossed sunflowers featuring Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Seasonal Blooms

Product Used: Craft Your Life Project Kit: Seasonal Blooms

Two handmade cards with similar designs and colors but different sentiments and layout, made with Altenew Lotus Stamp and Die Set and Crafty Friends Stamp Set
An embossed handmade card with die-cut tulips and the sentiment "hello", made with Altenew Build-A-Garden Tulips and Friends Set

5. Stick to the Basics. 

Don’t overthink it! Sometimes sticking to the basics - stamping, die-cutting, coloring - is enough to yield beautiful results. If you still want that “wow” effect, try layered stamps or use coloring stencils. We’ve got a few card ideas to get you started here!

A colorful handmade card for crafty friends featuring Altenew Crafty Friends Add On Stamp Set and Educators Rule Stamp Set
A simple card with a stamped image of coffee cups and a sweet, friendship-themed message, featuring Altenew  Friends Forever Stamp Set
A beautiful and elegant pink handmade card with pink tulips featuring Altenew Build-A-Garden Tulip and Friends Stamp Set
A geometric masculine card for a cousin featuring Altenew Shattered Cubes Stencil and True Friends Stamp Set
A slimline greeting card with die-cut leaves, made with Altenew True Friends Stamp and Die Set and Nesting Slimline Rectangles Die Set
A simple but elegant friendship DIY card with die-cut flowers and stamped friend-themed sentiment, featuring Altenew Whirlwind Flowers, Spiral Border Die, and True Friends Stamp Set

How to Celebrate National Send a Card to a Friend Day

Now that you've got your handmade cards all set and ready to go, it's time to celebrate in style! Here are some fun and creative ways to make the most of National Send a Card to a Friend Day.

A yellow and green handmade card for crafty friends with the sentiment "Keep Calm and Make Cards" stamped in the middle, made with Altenew Pen Sketched Silhouettes Set, Crystal Frames Die and Crafty Friends Stamp Set

1. Host a Card Making Party. 

Gather your friends for a fun-filled afternoon of card-making extravaganza. Set up a crafting station with all the necessary supplies, put on some lively music, and let the creativity flow. It's the perfect opportunity to bond with your pals while spreading joy to others. 

You can turn this into a virtual event if you and your crafty friends live far away from each other. Use Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime, and other video conferencing programs and apps to hold online crafting parties!

2. Surprise Mailbox Drop. 

Take a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood and leave your handmade cards in random mailboxes. Imagine the delight on someone's face when they discover an unexpected card waiting for them – it's like being a secret agent of kindness!

3. Virtual Card Exchange.

If your friends are scattered far and wide, organize a virtual card exchange. Set up a video call where everyone can show off their handmade creations and share some laughs and love from afar. Add some wine and charcuterie and you got yourself a virtual card party!

A beautiful card with roses on top of a coffee cup, colored with watercolor pencils

4. Random Acts of Kindness. 

Spread the love even further by sending cards to local nursing homes, hospitals, or shelters. A simple gesture can make a world of difference to someone who could use an extra dose of cheer.

Send a Card to a Friend Today!

We hope you got inspired to celebrate National Send a Card to a Friend Day with flair through these handmade card ideas. Whether you're crafting handmade cards or spreading joy in creative ways, remember that the simple act of sending a card can make someone's day infinitely brighter.

So go ahead, grab your favorite craft supplies, and get ready to spread love, one card at a time!

A sweet friendship card with an embossed leafy background featuring Altenew True Friends Stamp and Die Set and Frame of Leaves 3D Embossing Folder

FAQs:

Q: When is National Send a Card to a Friend Day?

A: National Send a Card to a Friend Day is celebrated on February 7th each year.


Q: What is the purpose of National Send a Card to a Friend Day?

A: The purpose of National Send a Card to a Friend Day is to encourage people to take the time to send a thoughtful card to their friends to show appreciation and strengthen their friendships.


Q: What kind of cards can I send on National Send a Card to a Friend Day?

A: You can send any kind of card that you think your friend will appreciate, such as a handwritten note, a funny card, a heartfelt message, or even an e-card.


Q: Do I have to send a physical card, or can I send an e-card?

A: You can send either a physical card or an e-card. The most important thing is the thought and effort you put into the message.


Q: Is National Send a Card to a Friend Day only for friends, or can I send cards to family members too?

A: While the day is focused on friends, there's no reason why you can't also use it as an opportunity to send a card to family members, coworkers, neighbors, and other people in your life.

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