How to Make Cards from Photos

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A quality notecard can be costly and most are fairly bland, without artistic flair. You can make a greeting card from your own photos and personalize your message and design for its recipient. Your greeting card can be as complex or simple as you want, and because it is customizable, you can create them for nearly any occasion. Keeping your own greeting cards on hand can also save you from needing to make a last-minute trip to the card store for a birthday party or other special occasion.

Things You'll Need

  • Photos on 4-inch by 6-inch paper or smaller
  • Blank notecards
  • Doublestick tape
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Stickers
  • Keep on hand some blank cards. The cheapest way to do this is buy notecards at yard sales, dollar stores or from the clearance shelf of a discount store. Don't worry if they have a design on the front. You'll be covering that with your photo.

  • Select a photo that has meaning to the recipient. For instance, if sending a thank you note after visiting someone, choose a photo that you took of something in their home or something relating to activities during the visit.

  • Attach the photo to the front of the notecard with doublestick tape. There are great tapes available for scrapbooking that are easy to apply that you can just roll on to the front of the card. You could use glue in a pinch, but it is harder to get a smooth, lump-free seal between the photo and the card when you use glue.

  • Trim the edges of the photo if you don't have a perfect match with the card. Sometimes the card is bigger, and sometimes the photo is larger. After the two pieces are sealed together, trim off the excess.

  • On the back of the card, cover the manufacturer's mark with a decorative sticker. Write your own logo on there so the recipient can see that you made the card.

    Hand letter something like this: "Made for you by __" or "Especially for you by _____" .

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for blank cards that fit your usual photo sizes, such as 4-inch by 6-inch or 3-inch by 5-inch.

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  • Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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