Note cards are so handy to have around as you never know when something will come up that you may need one, and right now I’m loving these two Japanese sets that have just been published: Hokusai Prints and Japanese Cranes. They’re pretty and versatile so that you can use them for just about every occasion.
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Tuttle Publishing kindly sent us a set of Hokusai Prints and Japanese Cranes note cards to review, and they arrived at the perfect time for me! I had so many thank yous to write and send to family and friends back home in Canada after our trip home earlier this year. I had been delaying writing, but the arrival of such beautiful cards was just the inspiration I needed to sit down and get started!
Each box contains 12 note cards that are blank on the inside so you can write a large note, or just a short line of thanks or thinking of you.
How can the recipient not feel honoured to receive one of these cards?
The Hokusai Prints are my #1 favourite of the Tuttle note cards that I’ve seen! I love the variety of the images; they aren’t all from one series, as is often the case when bundling Hokusai block prints. Of course, there are the iconic images of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and “Red Mount Fuji with a Southerly Breeze on a Clear Morning,” but there are also other beautiful images such as “Irises and Peonies with Finches” that just sings out June in Kamakura to me!
These note cards are so beautiful that you could easily put them in a frame and use them as art in your home or office. Take a little break into another place and time for a few minutes while you mentally escape and recharge during the day. You could these note cards as part of an art class for home education or even for adults.
On the back of each card is a little more information – on the Hokusai cards, the title of the print, and the series of the image, and the year of the original is given.
The Japanese Cranes note cards include a variety of styles and colours. some are very simple and sharp, while others include more detail. My favourite one of all looks like a water colour painting; it’s perfect for a summer greeting with light green bamboo and big, beautiful flowers surrounding two cranes.
The colours used on the cranes cards range from black background with darker colours to bright and vibrant cranes and backgrounds – something for every season!
On the back of the Japanese Cranes cards there there is some information:
“The crane is one of the most enduring and beloved symbols of Japanese culture, representing longevity and wisdom, good fortune, happiness, and the indomitable power of the spirit.”
Note Cards For Everyone
These are such gorgeous note cards! You can use them yourself and send them to friends and family, or you could use a set as a gift for that special person on your list. Keep the art of note writing alive and let people know you care when you send a personalised note card to them; it will absolutely brighten their day!
If you’re interested in purchasing these note cards, they’re available through:
- Tuttle Publishing – Hokusai Prints
- Tuttle Publishing – Japanese Cranes
- Amazon – Hokusai Prints
- Amazon – Japanese Cranes
- Great bookstores near you