Homemade greeting cards add a personal and thoughtful quality to holidays and other celebrations. Several techniques for making homemade cards offer a variety of options for making the cards special. Greeting cards with photo frames can hold photos, replacing specially printed holiday photo greetings and allowing the recipient to remove the photo for more permanent placement in a frame.
- Prefolded blank card stock
- Rubber stamps
- Ink pad
- Chipboard sheet
- Craft knife
- Scrapbook paper
- Craft glue
- Double-sided tape
Decorate a sheet of prefolded blank card stock with rubber stamps and an ink pad. Spell out a message with letter stamps or use images to embellish the card according to the occasion. Leave a space blank, slightly larger than the photo you are using, on the inside of the card.
Measure the photo with your ruler.
Draw a rectangle onto a sheet of chipboard. Use the ruler to draw the rectangle 1 inch wider and 1 inch longer than the photo's measurements.
Draw a smaller rectangle directly in the center of the first rectangle drawn on the chipboard. Draw it 1/2 inch shorter in length and width than the first rectangle. This will leave a 1/2 inch rectangular border for a frame.
Cut along the lines of both rectangles with a craft knife. This will remove the frame from the chipboard sheet. You should be left with just a rectangular frame.
Lay the chipboard frame over the backside of a sheet of decorative scrapbook paper and trace both the outer and inner edges with a pencil.
Cut the drawn lines with a craft knife to cut out a frame from the scrapbook paper that matches the chipboard frame.
Run a glue stick over the front of the chipboard frame, covering all four sides, and place the scrapbook frame over top. Smooth the paper in place with your finger to ensure that it is adhered completely. Allow the glue to harden and dry for a minute or two.
Apply a strip of double-sided tape along three sides on the back of the chipboard frame. Place the strips of tape as closely to the outside edge as possible to leave enough room for the photo. Leave one side untaped to allow you to slide the photo into the frame.
Press the frame in place on the finished card, tape-side down, and apply moderate pressure to the taped sides to stick the frame firmly in place.
Slide the photo under the untaped edge of the frame.
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