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Hands-free and handcrafted: these cards are perfect for social distancing

The Kent artist making connections one hand-lettered card at a time.

KENT, Wash. — Kent Artist Kelly Gregor is an illustrator for Punkpost - a San Francisco area startup that sends hand-written cards created by freelance artists. And she never imagined she'd be creating - and sending - cards to people stuck at home because of a pandemic. But more and more people are sending friends and family these quirky handmade cards as they shelter in place. 

Customers pick a card online - and write the message they want to express on the website. 

Then artists like Kelly hand letter the message, adding special touches inside and out.

"We can add pictures, we can add confetti, and we also decorate the envelope and make sure the stamp goes well with the card."

After making a custom card, Kelly sends her creation off via snail mail, to brighten the day of someone she doesn’t know at all.

But after making more than eighteen hundred cards for all occasions, the strangers Kelly writes for feel more like friends:

"I feel like I know them a little bit,” she said. “I feel like I can read kinda what they want without them saying at this point."

And all that love rubs off on her:

“It does,” she said. “I had a card from somebody in Snohomish recently, he was writing a Valentine to his wife. She had just had a baby. He was thanking her for all the things that she does on a daily basis, and said the baby won't see all the things she does, but he sees her. And he just ended it with 'I see you' and it was the sweetest thing. So, I cried a little.”

Currently, Kelly has perfected drawing toilet paper rolls - and the COVID-19 virus. People are sending friends and family members handmade cards as they stay at home and weather the coronavirus pandemic. Punkpost has a whole section of coronavirus cards, and they're all popular right now.   

Kelly says going online and sending someone a handmade card is the perfect way to spread love right now, as we stay home to keep from spreading the virus.  

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