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Old 05-13-2016, 07:48 AM   #1  
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Question Cards that may need instructions

I'm talking about things like the birthday in a box, infiniti cards. spinner cards etc. Do you include a note or a postie with an arrow or something or do you just hope the recipient figures it out?
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If it is interactive then I mention it to the recipient (like a spinner or waterfall card), but otherwise I say nothing.
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If there is a tab to pull, or special way to open, etc. I add a sticky note to the card. No one wants to mess up a just-receive smile-maker.
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I include a note, have discovered that even if I think it's obvious, it may not be so to other people. Apparently last time I sent someone (with children, used to pop-up books and so on) a card in a box, neither she nor the kids figured it out, they were just holding it flat and at first she thought her husband was breaking it when he popped it up into a box.
And my husband, who is very used to interactive cards totally didn't realise that that tabs and slots on a Bendi card indicated that it was anything other than a flat card with two flapping panels .
Somewhere there is a link to a page with instructions you can print for an easel card and enclose. That's another one I've had people miss out on!
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I include a note, have discovered that even if I think it's obvious, it may not be so to other people. Apparently last time I sent someone (with children, used to pop-up books and so on) a card in a box, neither she nor the kids figured it out, they were just holding it flat and at first she thought her husband was breaking it when he popped it up into a box.
And my husband, who is very used to interactive cards totally didn't realise that that tabs and slots on a Bendi card indicated that it was anything other than a flat card with two flapping panels .
Somewhere there is a link to a page with instructions you can print for an easel card and enclose. That's another one I've had people miss out on!
That's my thinking. I wondered about easel cards too. I'll try to find that note. I want to do more interactive things and wasn't sure how to proceed. Thanks.!
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Easel card directions:

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Sometimes even regular cards need instructions...One year I sent a Christmas card to my mom. When I went to visit her she had it taped on her door to display but it was upside down. At first I didn't say anything but all of her other cards were right side up. Finally I couldn't take it any more and asked her what the deal was. She said she couldn't tell what the picture was...to which I replied "It's a snowman Mom." Hopefully my cards have improved since then.
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Eek - but surely the fold should have told her which was the top or left-hand side, no? I confess that occasionally I have had the fold on the wrong side, LOL, but I usually do cut the card front off and make sure it's "normal" before mailing.
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Sometimes even regular cards need instructions...One year I sent a Christmas card to my mom. When I went to visit her she had it taped on her door to display but it was upside down. At first I didn't say anything but all of her other cards were right side up. Finally I couldn't take it any more and asked her what the deal was. She said she couldn't tell what the picture was...to which I replied "It's a snowman Mom." Hopefully my cards have improved since then.
Funny! Mothers! What can you say.
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I never send cards that need putting together by the recipient for this very reason. I would hate to think that they didn't display them properly or appreciate what was mean to happen with them.
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I never send cards that need putting together by the recipient for this very reason. I would hate to think that they didn't display them properly or appreciate what was mean to happen with them.
That's one more way to solve the problem Hah!
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Laughing - I could see my mother doing this too!
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Sometimes even regular cards need instructions...One year I sent a Christmas card to my mom. When I went to visit her she had it taped on her door to display but it was upside down. At first I didn't say anything but all of her other cards were right side up. Finally I couldn't take it any more and asked her what the deal was. She said she couldn't tell what the picture was...to which I replied "It's a snowman Mom." Hopefully my cards have improved since then.
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That is why I've only bought one flip card set, they never get it. I always have to show them and even then they are never as aw-oh impressed as I thought they would be.

I hand delivered an easel card to someone and even propped it up for them. After I left they cut it apart so they could frame the water colored image. That is a huge compliment but I couldn't help thinking, "why did I go to all the trouble... she could have at least waited a bit...".


I'm back to simple open & close cards again.
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That is why I've only bought one flip card set, they never get it. I always have to show them and even then they are never as aw-oh impressed as I thought they would be.

I hand delivered an easel card to someone and even propped it up for them. After I left they cut it apart so they could frame the water colored image. That is a huge compliment but I couldn't help thinking, "why did I go to all the trouble... she could have at least waited a bit...".


I'm back to simple open & close cards again.
That's interesting. I'm going make a leap here and wonder if they (adult recipients) think of the cards as juvenile. Or maybe it's that they don't know what is cool in the stamping world and so don't appreciate the extra effort that is required to make one. What do you all think? Anyone else have this experience?
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I think it is more the latter. While card makers may get intrigued and excited by card making, to 'outsiders' it"s still just a card. Don't get me wrong they probable appreciate the effort we made for them (most do anyway) but it's still just a card. They are usually talking at the same time about other things such as: "where is my present or where are we going for dinner" and that is okay with me. It's the normal flow of conversation between people.
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I think it is more the latter. While card makers may get intrigued and excited by card making, to 'outsiders' it"s still just a card. Don't get me wrong they probable appreciate the effort we made for them (most do anyway) but it's still just a card. They are usually talking at the same time about other things such as: "where is my present or where are we going for dinner" and that is okay with me. It's the normal flow of conversation between people.
That's a good point. At the same time I'm sure we all have some people tell us that they appreciate our cards more because they are hand made.
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