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Item of the Day: Scratch the Surface greeting cards

In our 2012 Trend Report we predicted that handwritten letters are making a comeback, so what better way to jump on the trendwagon than with a beautifully illustrated greeting card? Illustrator Ymke Hemminga's whimsical designs are guaranteed to add a chuckle to any recipient's day. Ymke has been doodling since she can remember, and she probably has her parents to thank for her quirky, imaginative designs. 'In our house we had stacks of blank cards that my sister and I were expected to turn into personalised birthday, thank-you and get-well cards whenever one was needed,' she told HL. 'I recently stumbled upon an 'early work' on one of those cards (from when I was about four years old) of a bug town, which included baby bugs in strollers.' Ymke's current collection of 12 greeting cards, which she produces under her brand, Scratch the Surface, are no less wacky than her childhood ramblings. However, when we asked how she comes up with her crazy ideas, her answer was simpler than we expected. 'I first come up with a sentence, which can take forever – something that dances between the mundane and the absurd – and then the image usually follows. I love it when I get something right in one line, when the ink runs wild.' Ymke says that if she weren't an illustrator, she'd be a pointless but blissfully happy cross between a beach-bummette and a bag-lady. For now, we're glad she's still squiggling. Ymke's Scratch the Surface greeting cards retail for R30. For stockist details and to see more of her beautiful creations, visit her website at scratchthesurface.co.za. You may remember Ymke's ceramics range that we featured previously? If not, you can read more about them here.