Custom Calligraphy Butterfly Love Cards Benefiting the Costa Rican Environment and Providing Employment to the Natives of the Rainforest are Available as of May 1, 2013

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A personalized calligraphy Butterfly Love Card expresses a heartfelt message in unparalleled ways while benefiting the environment and the indigenous population living on the edge of the Costa Rican rainforest. Butterflies are carefully preserved at the end of their life-cycle, then mounted on made-to-order paper, personalized with a hand-calligraphy expression and a custom message, with no two ever alike replacing flower bouquets, fruit baskets or boxes of chocolates.

Butterfly Love Card's cover expression in addition to custom inside message

In an age where generic e-cards have become the norm, a handmade and personalized Butterfly Love Cards is a refreshing and magical alternative to convey intimate feelings in your own words using calligraphy.

This novel project just announced is the brainchild of a retired Canadian academic who searched for an original way to extend a heartfelt message to his love after being tired of sending the same old cards, flowers, chocolates or fruit baskets, year after year. Instead a truly beautiful way was conceived for people to send a meaningful message to their significant other, using one of nature’s most delicate and free-spirited creatures, the butterfly, while also benefiting the environment and the indigenous populations of the Americas.

The project has been under development for well over a year, defining the concept from beginning to end, sourcing the butterflies from environmentally sustainable sources, developing the artistic card creation process, testing packing and shipping methods, creating a website to showcase the product and enable online ordering through the Amazon web store. Now customers wishing to send one of these beautiful one-of-a-kind greeting cards are finally able to do so as of May 1, 2013.

The process begins in Costa Rica, where the colorful butterflies are raised in their native habitats at the edge of the rainforest. Just prior to the end of their natural life cycle, the butterflies are harvested and preserved. The butterflies live and breed on vegetation planted and tended to by farmers living on the fringes of the Costa Rican rainforest. These farmers make their living by using environmentally sustainable farming methods to cultivate the host plants for the butterflies. Otherwise, they would most likely be chopping down the trees of the rainforest to plant grains requiring harmful fertilizers or breeding cattle, while creating high levels of pollution. By “farming” butterflies, these people earn a living, support their families and sustain the rainforests with their full environs.

The next step in the process takes place in Canada, where the paper for the Love Cards is made. The creator of the concept wanted to mount and display the beautiful butterflies on something other than a factory made piece of paper. Being a retired academic, he researched and studied ancient methods of making paper by hand with cotton fibers. A dedicated workshop was setup to custom hand make each unique piece of paper for each order, no two ever alike in either color, texture or edging. Each love greeting card is made to order from start to finish, with no two pieces of paper or card ever the same.

The process then continues with the sender's personal message being hand inscribed on the card by an expert calligrapher, after the preserved butterfly are mounted on the card. Each individual exquisite Butterfly Love Card is then enclosed in a handmade wooden box, produced in Canada using environmentally sustainable methods.

An Amazon web store has been created and is managed by an American-based web expert for the Butterfly Love Cards.

Through this tri-country collaboration, customers can create a unique greeting card to send to a loved one who can enjoy it, display it and cherish it for years to come.

The eco-friendly butterflies are born and raised as the result of a unique project created by Sol Carballo, a Costa Rican environmentalist and artist who originally inherited a piece of land in the midst of an urban area in San Jose, Costa Rica. She refused to turn it into a commercial development, like most of her neighbors had done. Instead, she cultivated this pristine piece of nature into a public park and butterfly garden. The garden is a welcome respite for visitors who want to sit and relax and watch hundreds of multicolored butterflies flit around the garden.

Sol has also arranged with a network of villagers living on the edges of the Costa Rican rainforest to make their living by planting and tending to the vegetation serving as host plants for butterflies. At the end of their natural life cycle, the butterflies are harvested and preserved for shipping worldwide for museums, collectors and, now, for these one-of-a-kind greeting cards.

Click to see the website for the San Jose Costa Rica Butterfly Garden. And when visiting San Jose, stop by the park/butterfly garden and enjoy its unique brand of peace and tranquility.

The website describes the Costa Rican villages on the edges of the rainforests and the benefits the native families are bringing to their families from their new business, as well as the benefits to the environment from these sustainable agricultural methods.

Click to see the website for the Butterfly Love Card project where purchases are made through Amazon shopping.

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