Category Archives: Greeting Cards

Letters Against Isolation — Notes to Cheer Self-Isolating Seniors

As a stationery publisher, we love creating beautiful greeting cards to spread inspiration, comfort, and cheer. We know that a handwritten note has the power to brighten someone’s day — a small act of kindness that can transform.

Sisters Shreya and Saffron were doing their best to support their self-isolating grandparents by calling them every day during the COVID outbreak. Then they had an idea to do something more. Here’s an excerpt from their website Letters Against Isolation:

We realized that without visitors or the ability to interact with the wider world, many senior citizens may be growing lonely. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health. We believed that we could do something to help this situation. We decided to spread some joy and write handwritten letters to residents of assisted living facilities and care homes. When growing demand for letters outpaced us, we started Letters Against Isolation.

I am Saffron, a 10th grader attending high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I absolutely love volunteering and getting involved with my community! Prior to the pandemic, I was volunteering at our local science museum, hospital and STEM club on a weekly basis. Since I have moved countries and states a few times already, I find volunteering to be my way of getting to know my community and feeling connected. Once the pandemic started, I missed going to my volunteer programs! I was eager to find a new way to build a community and help people in need.

My sister Shreya just graduated from high school a year ago. She is taking a gap year before heading to Washington University in Saint Louis in the fall. Shreya also enjoys volunteering and is very close to our grandparents. She is interested in entrepreneurship and is always searching for ways she can make an impact or improve the community.

Letters Against Isolation started as a small-scale project for the two of us. My grandma who has been self-isolating for almost 4 months was feeling a bit lonely. A friend of hers wrote her a letter and she was so happy to receive it. Shreya and I saw firsthand how something as simple as a letter can remind you that someone is thinking of you, and can really boost your mood. We thought that it is likely that many seniors were also feeling a bit isolated, and sending them a letter could lift their spirits. We contacted a local care facility and asked if we could send their residents a few letters. They told us that the residents were thrilled to receive them! We knew that we wanted to spread the love and that we needed help to do it. We enlisted the help of friends, family, and volunteers online. In just a few days, we found a huge number of people willing to take a bit of time out of their day to bring some joy to a senior.

Their website has wonderful information on participating as well as great ideas for what to write and share.


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Thinking of You Week 2019: Make Someone Smile

Thinking of You Week (September 23 – 29, 2019) is just around the corner. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a greeting card with a handwritten note can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage more meaningful connections and caring interactions throughout the year.

While greeting cards are often sent to friends and family, this fun week encourages us to reach out to other special people in our lives—a favorite teacher, important public servant, emergency room doctor, nursing home resident, mail carrier, and the barista who always remembers how we like our coffee. Embrace the challenge to create a wave of happiness and make someone smile with just three little words: “Thinking of You.”

Once again, the US Postal Service (USPS) is supporting the event with a Thinking of You postmark. Last year over 500 million residences across the US saw the commemorative postmark on first class mail during the month of September.


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New Valentine Cards!

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Inside text: Be Mine

Travis Bone

Featured Artist: Travis Bone is the founder and creative force behind the poster and illustration studio Furturtle Show Prints. As Bone puts it, “the weird state of Utah” is home and a constant inspiration for his iconic imagery. Bold yet economical use of color and line work reminiscent of hand-carvings abound in his sometimes dark, often whimsical illustrations. Although Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed posters that often feature bands that a few people have heard of, Bone is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for myriad purpose.
www.furturtle.com

DG101

Inside text: Connected by heart strings.

DG102

Inside Text: You set my heart aflame.

DG105

Blank inside

Denise Gallagher

Featured Artist: Denise Gallagher draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. She has been recognized for her talents by such esteemed organizations as Print magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Gallagher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US. Her images provide glimpses of a mysterious tale that has yet to be written. Seemingly random objects become deeply meaningful and infused with magic. Gallagher’s work is meandering, mysterious, and never mundane. http://www.denisegallagher.com

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Inside Text: I’d follow you anywhere.

Renée Locks

Feature Artist: Renée Locks is a painter, calligrapher and poet. She taught Western calligraphy for ten years before devoting herself to the sumi-e brush and shodo – the way of writing beautifully. Locks is inspired by ancient Asian calligraphy, especially by the Japanese Kansai style of writing, which is executed rapidly and without lines. She describes it as “like walking a tightrope between control and freedom, mind focused as a straight arrow, from top of head through the brush, no hesitation.” She paints on 300-year-old rice paper and grinds her own ink with an ink stick and water on a special stone. http://www.reneelocks.com

You can visit our full selection on Love and Valentine cards on our website.

http://www.amberlotus.com/showproducts.cfm?FullCat=220

Free Valentine Card Giveaway

A FaceBook promotion — “LIKE US” on our FB Page and vote for your favorite Card. You will be entered to win a free 6 pack of that card. https://www.facebook.com/amberlotuspublishing

You can also enter by commenting here on our blog.

Winter Holidays in May?

Stationary Trends Magazine Furturtle Holiday Greeting Card Feature

Stationary Trends Magazine
Furturtle Holiday Greeting Card Feature

Our new Furturtle Holiday Cards are featured in the spring edition of Stationery Trends Magazine. Check out the Winter Holiday section in their Market Style Update.

Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to offer these bright, quirky cards based on rock and roll gig posters by Furturtle Show Prints. They are printed on recycled, textured watercolor card stock, which evokes the feeling of the original screen prints.

Joy!

Joy!

Nutty or Nice

Nutty or Nice

Wheeee!

Wheeee!

Dancing & Prancing

Dancing & Prancing

Joy! | Nutty or Nice | Wheeee! | Dancing & Prancing

Girl Talk Gig Poster - by Furturtle Show Prints

Partnering with Travis Bone, the creative genius behind Furturtle Show Prints, has been a delight. We first discovered his screen prints while researching images for our Gig Posters Wall calendar (his Girl Talk Poster is included in the 2013 edition). Travis is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for a myriad of purposes. His art has translated brilliantly into an exciting new line of holiday and occasional greeting cards.

Gig Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

Gig Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

In addition to the Holiday series we are also excited to offer these new occasional cards. Go Forth Boldly | Cat-Fish Birthday | Red Fox Birthday | Magical Mermaid

Go Forth Boldly

Go Forth Boldly

Cat-Fish Birthday

Cat-Fish Birthday

Red Fox Birthday

Red Fox Birthday

Magical Mermaid

Magical Mermaid

These cards will be available for purchase in July online at www.amberlotus.com or at your local retailer.

Dance for life!

For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. Read more from Stanford University’s Richard Powers: http://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

National Stationery Show in NYC – May 15-18

Amber Lotus is gearing up for an exciting week in NYC come this May. We will be featuring our New RENÉE LOCKS card line, as well as other exciting new products.

Stop by and see the full line at the NSS in the Hartman Cards booth #3520.

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to announce a new line of RENÉE LOCKS greeting cards. In a style of elegant simplicity, Renée pairs her charismatic sumi-e calligraphy with expressive watercolor paintings to create a delightful harmony of art and words, both nourishing and wise. These cards are offered as greeted or blank inside. They are 4.75″ x 6.75″ and printed on textured watercolor paper. Cards retail at $2.75 each.

To see the full line visit us at the NSS in Hartman Cards booth #3520.
See us online at http://www.amberlotus.com.

Endorsement:
Renée Locks’ cards have always been the very foundation of our company. Core
customers like the bookshop at St. Martin-in-the-Fields are simply buying
the complete line of Amber Lotus Renée Locks cards. It is rare in the art card world to find classics that do not go out of fashion. We are delighted that Renée is now with Amber Lotus.
—Tony Pol, Vision Antics

Sales information:
Tim Campbell
Director of Sales
tcampbell@amberlotus.com
503.284.6400 x202