Crafter revives the art of correspondence


While Jana Juler’s weekday hours belong to a commercial real estate company, she spends her leisure time listening to her creative muse and designing handmade greeting cards.

What makes a handmade card more personal than a text or email message?

A colored envelope peeking out from a mound of junk mail and bills always brightens my day. It doesn’t take much effort to push the “send” button on the keyboard; but it shows forethought to purchase (or make) a greeting card, buy a stamp, locate a mailing address, and send the card on its way. My designs are meant to make people smile, knowing that someone cares.

What is in your craft kit?

I spread my crafts out on my living room coffee table. It is stocked with fifty pounds of different types of paper of varying textures and weights. (I use the thicker cardstock for my cards.) I have six drawers full of embellishments, fifty spools of ribbon, scissors, several different glues, rubber stamps, flowers, punches, a paper cutter, crease folder tool, and thread. I use any and all colors and sizes of ribbons, flowers, embellishments and buttons. The glue I apply is the typical glue used for scrapbooking and safe for photos. I’ve tried keys, wire, sand and doilies. I’ve even used Band-Aids for get-well cards. My favorite colors are maroon and green, and I prefer watercolors, but will use anything that I think enhances the look of the card.

How much time does is take to create a card?

I’ve been crafting since I was eight years old, when my Mom taught me embroidery. Since then, I have created stained glass, quilt tops, painted wine glasses and furniture and designed wood crafts. I didn’t start making handmade cards until about three years ago. I usually design about ten cards during a two-hour card making session. (It takes about ten to fifteen minutes per card.)

What is your favorite card to design?

My personal favorites are an elegant, antique style; my mood influences each design.

Why do you sell your cards at the Collector’s Market?

I had a booth at the Collector’s Market, and noticed that no one was selling customized handmade cards. Since I don’t attend craft fairs or sell my cards online, the Collector’s Market made sense. I’ve made thousands of thank you, birthday, wedding and congratulation cards, and my loyal customers enjoy the variety and price.

By Autumn Rhea Carpenter
Photos by Rudy Ximenez

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