Valentine Ecards – Send a little love today and every day!

Amour – love – grows, blooms, and brings color and life in this uplifting animation of delicately illustrated ink drawings of flowers that is sure to put a smile on the recipient’s lips. Send it for Valentine’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and anytime you want to send a little (or a lot) of love!

Ojolie Valentine Day Ecard - Amor
Ojolie Valentine’s Day Ecard – Amor

There are so many times when you just want to let someone in your life know how much they mean to you or how special they are. With our new card, You Are Magic, you can do so for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, to congratulate someone, send love and best wishes for graduations, and for so many other uses.

Ojolie Valentine Ecard - You Are Magic
Ojolie Valentine Day Ecard – You Are Magic

Are you curious how we paint the different elements in watercolor in our cards? You can follow along behind the scenes on our Instagram account. I am currently working on some watercolor flowers for mother’s day.

Check out our other Valentine ecards or the free animated ecards.

Cute & Beautiful Valentine’s Day Ecards

The animated ecard One in a Chamillion is a nice alternative to the many over-the-top sweet Valentine ecards out there! It features a chameleon that gets more than he aimed for.

One in a Chamillion Valentine’s Ecard

Growing Together ecard takes the metaphor of tending to a tree that grows like a relationship and turns it into a very sweet illustrated story.

Ojolie Valentine's Day Ecard - Growing Together
Ojolie Valentine’s Day Ecard – Growing Together

Grape hyacinth buds made into a little heart-shaped wreath in Love Buds ecard convert the Easter version of this card into a nice option for Valentine’s Day.

Ojolie Valentine's Day Ecard - Love Buds
Ojolie Valentine’s Day Ecard – Love Buds

Check out our other Valentine ecards or the free ecards.

Valentine Day eCard and Friendship eCard

Our newest card Friends is loosely inspired by the paper cuttings of Matisse and my love for bold blue — an ode to friendship and love! As I was illustrating this card I was imagining all that I would tell my closest friends, what their friendship and love means to me, and how it just makes everything better! This card is great for Valentine’s Day, thinking of you, love, anniversaries, friendship, and anytime you want to send a little illustrated poetry to someone you simply adore.  Here is our collection of ecards for Valentine’s Day and ecards for friendship.

Ojolie Ecard for Valentine's Day and Friendship
Ojolie Ecard for Valentine Day and Friendship

We hope your Valentine’s Day is spent with the important people in your life that make everything better.

Ojolie Ecards offers a big collection of creative and beautiful animated ecards for many holidays and occasions. Check out our other Valentine ecards or the free ecards.

Paper Cutting or “Scherrenschnitte” Traditions

This is the first of a series of
blog posts on the tradition of paper cutting, a folkloric practice close to my
heart and my art!
Scherrenschnitte which literally means
scissor cuts in German, is the
traditional art of paper cutting. Using scissors or
a knife, a silhouette of the image or scene is cut from paper in a delicate and
intricate process requiring immense skill and meticulous attention to detail.
Although this craft has been
practiced in Northern Europe, its roots stem back to China around 750 A.D.

A gaekkebrev hand cut by Hans Christian Anderson

Paper cutting is not a dying art, and
instead it has undergone a renaissance and is growing in popularity. Its appeal
lies in using such a simple material such as paper, its versatility and serving
as a wonderful medium for storytelling.
In fact the renowned Hans Christian Andersen created some very famous free hand cut
designs that really celebrated his storytelling. Using a folding technique, the
author cut intricate designs with scissors as a form of therapy and relaxation.
The Danes are famous for their
paper cutting. Gaekkebrev translated to mean secret snowdrop letter is a
well-celebrated Danish tradition that is practiced around Easter time as the
snow is lifting. It’s a little game where you pick a snowdrop flower, attach
its delicate white buds to the paper cut design you have been snipping away at.

Example of a traditional gaekkebrev paper cutting

The idea is to write a poem or
verse, disguising your handwriting and give the paper cutting to someone. The
recipient’s job is to guess who it’s from.  If they guess correctly, then you have to give
them an Easter egg. You can sign your name in dots; one dot for each letter of
your name. This game can also be used on Valentine ’s Day for a bit of fun.
I have drawn inspiration from my
Danish roots to create a new Christmas ecard medium bringing paper cutting to
life in a digital format.
After hand drawing motifs, they are
scanned and brought to life by converting them to Vector illustrations and
digitalized.
This ecard was inspired by the
imaginary stories I would play out in my mind as a child. I created a heavenly
white village scene with paper cut flora and fauna animations fluttering and transforming
before your eyes.

Paper cut snowflake shavings falling  

In an nostalgic moment, I recalled
playing outside in the garden as a child as fresh snow fell, climbing under
branches and watching the snowflakes gently fall to the ground like pieces of
paper cuttings.  I would imagine make-believe worlds amidst a winter
wonderland, only to return to the warmth of my family home hours later with red
cheeks and numb fingers. I would spend hours transfixed on the delicate snow
gently falling outside. 

Due to global warming,
snowfall is becoming rarer before Christmas in my native country Denmark.
As I started working on this ecard, my friends and family back in
Denmark sent me photos of the very unusual first snow in November this year
which delighted and inspired me – making the process of the card’s
creation even more enjoyable.

Flora and fauna layered against a winter village backdrop

Set within a village scene transforming from day to night, the story begins with a fanciful paper snowflake being cut, dropping its paper shavings to a buoyant orchestral tune called A Whimsical Story by composer David G Steele. 

On closer look, we find deer, a fox, a rare and a variety of song birds, partridges and doves frolicking about a wondrous winter playground amidst vines and flowers inspired by traditional Polish paper cutting designs. 

The sequence ends with room to add your own Christmas message

This ecard is intended to be elevating and full of Christmas cheer. 

View the Christmas Paper Story e-card