Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Greeting Cards On The Wall

Recently my grandmother gave me a collection of antique Chinese painting lithograph greeting cards.
Apparently they came from a place called Cathay Arts in San Francisco, and my grandfather knew one of the artists back in the day.  I'm not sure how old they are exactly, but they certainly are amazing!
Though I will probably end up using some for their original purpose, I couldn't help but want to frame some of it.

I grabbed a couple of thrift store frames from my stash...
Experimented with a few different background colors...
And eventually went with a black background.
Sak helped my punch some holes in the wall, and suddenly our home is a little more filled in.
I put them in the corner of our dining room, next to a small corner shelf.
Please excuse our disturbing wallpaper.
I found a home for Magikarp too.
And just for scale, here's the overall dining room (though it is far from complete).
I'd ditch the placemats if we weren't so horribly messy all the time.  Maybe a different color would work better. And a rug might be nice? I don't know.

Anyway, framing pretty cards is a really good way for making some wall art.  And I don't know about you, but I have a collection of "cards too nice to ever possibly use".  This may be a good way to get them out of the hoarding-closet and into the light!


  1. they are very pretty, and so glad you found a nice way to display them!

  2. I love how they look!! (Cathay sounds familiar, I think my parents might have gone there with me when I was young.) And you're right, I have some cards that I would never send because I love them too much, but they're not being displayed, either -- this is a great idea!

  3. I love how this looks! And I'm jealous of your dining room, wallpaper and all ;) I think a rug and perhaps a buffet would look really nice in there. Can't wait to see what you do with the space. And cards on the wall do make great, budget friendly art. Because those cards are truly works of art!

  4. You guys really like that black and red theme! haha. Neato! Quick art! :-D I was thinking about doing that with some cards I had!

  5. I use our cards all the time but I buy them like a fiend! I love this idea, I brought a lot of prints in France that I have framed at home, still :)

  6. Such a great use for cards! And I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do with your dining room, wallpaper and all :)

  7. I think the black place mats look nice - they sorta tie the room together!

    Framing pretty cards is very Japanese of you ;)


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