My friend Mandy recently celebrated her birthday. This year I decided to make her a papercut card. She and I were at art school together, ahem, quite a few years ago, so I added a little pencil next to her name. Granted these days she is using a computer more than a pencil for her wonderful design work, but a pencil seemed fitting!
Of course not all cards are for birthdays or other happy occasions. A new customer in the United States asked me for some "Jewish condolence cards." Together we decided to add a Magen David (Star of David) and a Dove of Peace to the cards, along with a few pretty flowers. My customer chose the greeting "May their memory be a blessing", or in Hebrew, "יהי זכרו ברוך", a honorific in Judaism used when naming and speaking of the deceased. Once they had arrived in the United States, she kindly emailed to say she thought the cards were beautiful.