April is National Card & Letter Writing Month!
When’s the last time you’ve sent snail mail? It’s never too late to pick up the habit of sending letters. Here are five of our favorite reasons for sending handwritten cards and letters:
1. Letters are Better Than Emails
Writing a letter by hand shows that you’ve spent time and genuine effort into the message. Sending off an email is easy and takes a lot less time to craft than a handwritten letter would.
2. Cards are Short and Sweet
Handwritten notes don’t have to be long. Send someone a beautiful, simple postcard with a sentence or two if you can’t commit to writing a page-long letter.
3. Handwriting is Personal
Nothing shows off someone’s personality more than his/her handwriting. Every time you write a card of letter, you’re producing something only you can produce — how special is that?!
4. Snail Mail is Art
Chances are, you’ve never printed up an email and used it as decoration around the house or at work. Postcards, cards and letter, however, are perfect for hanging up because they are always beautiful and hold special meaning.
5. Postcards Last Forever!
Some postcards can literally last forever. Our wood cards are made of 100 percent certified sustainable American hardwoods — in other words, they’re made to last and last! See our bestselling favorites here.
Who are you addressing your next letter to? Let us know in the comments!
Cardtorial is hiring! We are a boutique gift & stationery company specializing in laser cut goods (made of wood!). We are looking for a part-time / seasonal studio assistant with potential for growth (lots of it!).
Commitment: 10-20 hrs / week (hours somewhat flexible — especially once training is complete!)
Compensation: Depends on experience
Location: Arts District of Los Angeles
Tasks will include:
– Packing & shipping orders
– Data entry
– Customer service (emails / phone calls / answering enquiries)
– Making products!
– Studio Maintenance
We are looking for somebody who is reliable, works hard, has great attention to detail, and is OK with repetitive tasks.
– Ability to work independently
– Previous work experience
If interested, please reach out with cover letter (or intro email) & resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Studio Assistant. Please let us know why you’d like to join our team and a bit about yourself!
We had such a phenomenal Valentine’s Day season this year. Thank you so much Cardtorial friends, fans and retailers — we couldn’t have had such a great season without you!
Even though Valentine’s season is over, we wanted to give shoutouts to some of the press that featured us this year. Yvonne had her very first television appearance and our cards were picked up by some awesome websites.
See all our Valentine’s Day features below:
Jan. 22 on Apartment Therapy, “Saucy, Snappy (& Only a Little Sappy) Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Cards” & Feb. 3 on Design Crush Blog, “14 (More) Valentines”
Jan. 26 on Oh So Beautiful Paper, “Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 4”
Jan. 26 on Paper Crave, “Sweet Valentine’s Day Cards”
Feb. 9 on KCOY, “A Unique Way to Express Your Love This Valentine’s Day” (below)
Feb. 10 on Good Day LA (FOX), “Sadie Murray: Valentine’s Gift Ideas” (below)
Feb. 10 on My Hotel Wedding, “MHW ♥s Etsy: Cardtorial”
What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift from Cardtorial? Let us know in the comments below!
To properly kick off 2015, we’ve launched a whole batch of brand new cards, prints, boxes and TWO new product lines. Today, we’re focusing on the first new product collection: wedding guestbooks!
The new wooden wedding guestbook line features a total of eight gorgeous designs hand lettered by the talented Nicole Santos. Each guestbook measures 8″x10″ and is filled with 50 blank white linen pages. Handcrafted, laser cut and bound in our Los Angeles studio, all our wood wedding guestbooks have 100 percent certified sustainable American hardwood covers. What exactly does all this mean? In a nutshell, Cardtorial wedding guest books are eco-friendly, beautiful and crafted to last a lifetime.
Take a look at all of our real wood wedding guestbooks and let us know which design you like the most!
From top left to bottom right:
To Love & To Cherish // To Have & To Hold // Mrs. and Mrs. // & the Rest is History // Love is Patient Love is Kind // Mr. and Mrs. // Ever After // Mr. and Mr.
About two weeks ago, I attended my very first Oh Hello Friend workshop with one of Cardtorial’s talented designers, Nicole Santos! She’s the amazing artist behind all six of our wedding albums (a brand new product line), as well as a number of our cards, prints and journals. Here are a few of her designs:
Nicole & the OHF team did a beautiful job setting up the workshop space. They had a cute setup for refreshments and a gorgeous table setting. Each seat had a hand lettered jumbo envelope with a participant’s name on it, a hand bound notebook, a packet of instructions and a bundle of pens.
After hearing a little about Nicole’s background, we dived straight into using her trusty brush marker — the Copic sketch marker! At first, we practiced drawing straight lines with a heavy start and a light finish. When we got the hang of that, we practiced lowercase L’s, starting with a heavy stroke down and a light stroke up. She compared these strokes to “breath strokes,” with a heavy-down, light-up flow. As we worked, she came around to make sure everyone was getting comfortable with the exercises.
Once we got the hang of that, Nicole had us begin tracing a hand lettered alphabet (provided in our packet). After a brief demonstration, she let us practice, practice and practice on three variations of the alphabet.
I had a phenomenal time at the workshop. Though I wasn’t exactly a pro when I left, I definitely felt like I had the tools to become one! Nicole emphasized at the beginning that brush lettering is a work of art, and that everyone’s style is different but equally beautiful. I highly recommend taking a class with her if you ever get the chance (especially if it’s at the Oh Hello Friend shop)!
Last year was an amazing year for Cardtorial. We experienced so many new things, from relocating the studio to Downtown Los Angeles to having a booth at Unique LA and RCF. Here’s a look back at some of our highlights from 2014:
– April: released great new cards just in time for Father’s Day and graduation season! Every year, we make it a goal to continue expanding our wooden postcard collections. With new cards for your love, moms, dads (not just any cards — shaped cards!), and cards for birthdays, everyday, baby and the holidays, we’d like to think we accomplished our goal. :)
– May: launched The Stuffed Envelope. We had so much fun collaborating with fellow creatives and makers on this project. Have you seen the envelope? It’s gorgeous!
– June: officially moved to Downtown Los Angeles! The Arts District is a huge source of inspiration for us, and we’re incredibly thankful for our great neighbors.
– August: featured in OC Metro magazine! The incredible business magazine highlighted Cardtorial’s OC roots, SF launch and LA move, and spotlighted Cardtorial’s uniquely creative approach to stationery and gifts. We also rounded up our American cities print collection — beautifully hand lettered by Anna Frederick.
– September: traveled up to SF to attend Nearly Impossible. It was an incredible experience that left Yvonne filled with inspiration and tons of motivation! This month, we also unveiled our newest product: wooden keepsake boxes. Made of walnut and alder wood, these boxes make great gifts for weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and much more!
– December: had an incredible holiday show season! Working on weekends (especially during the holiday season) is always tough, but we’re so glad we put in so much effort. The turnout was phenomenal — the best we’ve ever had!
2014 is going to be a hard year to beat, but we’re hoping that even more amazing things happen in 2015!
Thank you for the amazing holiday shows, San Francisco & Los Angeles! We had a ton of fun and couldn’t have asked for a better time. The Cardtorial team loved discovering new brands and meeting fellow small businesses at the markets this year.
Unique LA was one of the shows that really stood out this year. It was the first year we opted for a full booth (instead of a table) and we’re so glad we did it! Our #1 priority was to make sure our booth drew people in. We made sure had clear aisles for attendees to wander through, put more products on display, framed our prints for an extra classy touch and even added some fresh holiday decorations. Our roses were blooming during the show — so perfect!
Going the extra mile with the display was definitely more time-consuming than our usual setup, but overall a great experience. We’d like to think our booth got packed with traffic because of the gorgeous display and awesome team ;)
Booths seem to help get us more traffic, because we had an even crazier weekend after Unique, at Renegade LA!
Our Amazing Things Will Happen journal sold out in practically two hours on day one and at the end of that first day, Yvonne had to head back to the studio to make more goodies because so many products sold out!
Amazing things did happen, thanks to the amazing people of SF and LA! And special thanks to the team at Renegade and Unique — you’re all awesome. ♥