How to Make Greeting Cards

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People send cards for every occasion-birthdays, weddings, graduations, new births-anytime communication is necessary. Making your own greeting cards can be cheaper than buying store-bought cards, but they are also more personal and fun to receive. By following these steps your cards can be as creative and intricate as you choose.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock, any color
  • Scrapbook paper, patterned
  • Scrapbook paper, light solid color
  • Scissors
  • Markers or pens
  • Rubber cement or glue
  • Ruler
  • Stickers or stamps and ink
  • Measure and cut a 9 inch by 8 inch rectangle on both the cardstock and the patterned paper.

  • Glue the patterned sheet to the cardstock and fold in half to make a 9 inch by 4 inch card.

  • Measure and cut a 6 inch by 3 inch block from the plain paper and glue to the front of the card.

  • Write a greeting on the front using markers or craft pens. For example, write "Happy Birthday!" or "Congratulations on your engagement!" in block letters or calligraphy.

  • Write your message inside using as much space as needed. If the cardstock color is too dark, paste a rectangle of light colored paper onto the cardstock to make writing visible.

  • Finish the card with stickers or stamps. Glue a light colored square to the back of the card for a place to draw a personal logo or quote.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use different sized envelopes to determine dimensions of your cards. It is often easier to adapt your card to an envelope than to find an envelope to fit your card.
  • Be creative in your presentation. Your greeting cards will always be personal and individual if you vary your use of papers, colors, textures and wording.
  • Use rubber cement or a glue stick rather than liquid glue to get even coverage with no lumps in the paper.

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