Send something a little different this Christmas - a card with beauty, mystery and meaning. Ivy has been used to decorate houses in winter for thousands of years as their evergreen nature is seen as a magical property to keep evil spirits at bay. Ivy is a symbol of love and friendship and its Victorian emblem of 'fidelity' is closely linked to the way the plant grows in the wild...
3 x Ivy twig card
3 x Ivy wreath card
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft and scarlet red Cello: biodegradable Card: 300gsm Soft Castillo White, Forestry Stewardship Council certified Medium: watercolour Ribbon: bottle green fine cotton
Front of Ivy wreath card: Love and friendship Inside all cards: blank Back of Ivy wreath and twig cards:The evergreen ivy (Hedera helix) carpets the forest floor and clings closely to trees and ruins. It is a symbol of love and friendship – the Victorians used it as an emblem of fidelity. Look closely to see the tiny rootlets that help ivy climb trees and walls. Researchers recently found these rootlets secrete millions of slightly charged nanoparticles that allow them to bond with the surface underneath like cement. Holly and ivy have been used to decorate houses in winter for thousands of years – their evergreen nature seen as a magical property to keep evil spirits at bay.