Feb. 7, 2015
Are you looking for a unique and planet-friendly Valentine? Whether you’re shopping for your spouse, your significant other or a friend, here are some special cards that show your love for Mother Earth too.
Dallas greenie Kim Young’s online store Pretty Things & Cool Stuff features vintage valentines, including this Woodsy Owl-ish card, originally created by Gordon Laite, a popular illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s. Just press out, make your own envelope and personalize. Book of 25 is $4.99.
Fair and Square Imports in McKinney features a selection of handcrafted cards for a variety of special occasions. This humorous card was handmade in the Philipines by women survivors of sex trafficking. The card incorporates a variety of handmade, recycled papers, making it environmentally sustainable, too. Envelope included. $5.50.
These block cut, handprinted cards are made by printmaker Katharine Watson.
Each is blank on the inside and comes with its own 100 percent recycled kraft paper envelope. Set of 6 cards. $16. Available online at Pretty Things & Cool Stuff.
Dallas artist Teresa Wyatt, founder of Off Avenue Studio, creates monoprint notecards, which she hand pulls on her printing press using live botanicals.
Working from her studio off Greenville Avenue, she uses plants gathered from local gardens and green spaces in Texas, including East Dallas and the White Rock Lake area.
$4 each. Set of 5 for $10. Free shipping. She will also handwrite your message and mail.
Dolphin Blue, the Dallas-based online store, features plantable paper cards, embedded with wildflower seeds. Each card includes a 100 percent recycled printed insert so the recipient can keep your special message while enjoying the wildflowers that grow from planting the seed paper card jacket. Pack of 5 is $17.50.
Buy a "tree" card made from 100-percent post consumer recycled paper. For each card, a tree will be planted in the U.S. National Forest. Available online at Dolphin Blue. $27.19.
These whimsical and weird animal notecards will amuse the animal lover in your life. Available at World Market. Set of 20. $14.95.
Other images can be purchased by contacting the artist directly through his website at BillyHassell.com.
Dallas sustainable creative consultant Amy King recommended these eco-friendly nature-inspired cards from Modern Printed Matter. The cards sell for $3.50 and are printed with soy and vegetable based inks on heavy 100 percent PCW recycled paper. It may be too late to order for this year, but make a note for next year and other occasions.
JOLT OF LOVE
Front page art: Coffee enthusiasts can make a big statement with this declaration of loyalty. This handcrafted card made with recycled papers can be found at Fair and Square Imports. $5.50.