Say it with a card! Åland Post’s postal stationery cards spread joy

Åland postal stationery cards with sea creatures Party, Congrat, Hugs kisses, thinking of you

on 25 March, Åland Post issues four postal stationery cards suitable for congratulations, party invitations, friendly greetings, or personal love notes. Amanda Valkonen makes her debut as illustrator for Åland Post with these playful cards. Amanda explains: “I landed in a maritime theme because I wished to create something that felt “Ålandic”. I want the cards to give you a sense of “feeling good.”

Say it with a card is the title of this year’s series of postal stationery cards. The themes of the four cards are congratulations, party, hugs & kisses and thinking of you. The coastal characters are a common denominator for the motifs of the cards, the price of which includes postage to any destination in the world. A fun detail on each card is the use of “genuine” material: the seal’s bouquet of newspaper, the tree stump on which the gulls are sitting, the glittering sequin fins of the perch, and the roll of paper in the bottle.

“I work mainly digitally but love to take inspiration from traditional art techniques. My expression is rather playful, and I like to use bright colours in my work. It was important to me that the cards appeal to a wider audience but also feel invigorating, happy and make you feel good. I think we need that, considering the worldwide situation in the recent years. So, I let playful characters convey and act out the message of the cards,” illustrator Amanda Valkonen says.

Order the postal stationery cards at, by post to Åland Post Stamps, P.O. box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, e-mail or telephone: +358 18636641.

Date of issue25 March 2022
ArtistAmanda Valkonen
DesignJohanna Finne/Åland Post
Edition4 x 2500 cards
Size148 x 105 mm
Papercoated 275 g/m²
Printing process4-colour offset
Printing houseCartor Security Printing