DIY Greeting Cards

Make Your Own Greeting Cards

There are many reasons to choose diy greeting cards over store-bought versions including cost and personalization. You can save money by designing them yourself. You can create a more personalized greeting card that expresses who you are, fits a specific theme, or incorporates personal elements such as photos. Use these tips and resources to combine paper, computer, crafts, and more for diy greeting cards for Christmas cards, birthday cards, thinking of you cards, and any other holiday or special occasion.

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Parts of an Greeting Card

The finished, printed, and folded greeting card created in Publisher 2010.
The finished, printed, and folded greeting card created in Publisher 2010. © J. Bear

You can make a greeting card any way you like. But become familiar with the basic aspects of cards first. And while the exact steps can be re-arranged, you may find this basic step-by-step useful.


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    DIY Greeting Card Wording

    Aside from the basic greetings such as Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, or Thinking of You if you're at a loss for words, consider choosing a quotation to match the occasion. Or, put in a poem -- serious or fun. Of course, you don't have to use words at all but when you do, try some of these ideas:

    • Special Thoughts for Special Occasions from Quotations has inspirational, humorous, and historical quotes and sayings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthdays, and other holidays and events.
    • Greeting Card Sentiments from Rubber Stamping include printable quotes in spirals, circles, and other shapes to use in your greeting cards, organized by holiday or occasion.
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      Software for Greeting Cards

      Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
      Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

      You can make your greeting cards completely by hand; however, using a computer and software can be faster, allow for more uniform cards, and you don't need a lot of craft supplies. These software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, or other extras to make it easy to design and print your own thank you cards, announcements, or DIY greeting cards. Some do other print projects as well such as labels or fliers or scrapbooks while others are devoted primarily just to greeting cards and note cards. They generally don't cost a lot of money and there's even a free option on each list.

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      Templates for Greeting Cards and Envelopes

      HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards
      HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards.

      You don't necessarily need special software for DIY greeting cards. If you have Microsoft Word or some desktop publishing software or even graphics software it works just as well. Those programs may have some templates for greeting cards, but chances are the selection is limited. Browse these template collections to find a suitable design that you can use as-is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes!

      While some photographs have a 3D look to them, you can really make them pop off the page by printing it twice and layering the two photos on top of each other. Create a crafty 3D photo card using these instructions and your own choice of photograph plus little bits of foam. More »
      A photo of a shiny, sparkly object makes a nice greeting card but you can add some dimensional sparkle with a few dabs of glitter glue. Create a crafty photo card using these instructions and your own choice of photograph and sparkly items such as glitter or sequins. More »
      With the cool fonts, special text effects, textures, and graphics available in software, it's easy to design and print a perfect greeting card. But sometimes you can improve on a computer-generated card with some simple crafting supplies like metallic markers, hemp cord, and beads. Create a crafty computer card using these instructions and your own choice of images and embellishments. More »
      Front of Halloween card created in Microsoft Publisher 2010.
      Front of Halloween card created in Microsoft Publisher 2010 using shapes, Word Art, installed clip art, and original Happy Ghost illustration by Jacci Bear. © J. Bear

      In 13 steps (15 pages total) I'll show you how to create this Happy Ghost Halloween Card using Microsoft Publisher 2010. At the end of the tutorial you can download the Publisher template I created from this card as well as a PDF and PNG version and two versions of the Happy Ghost illustration I drew for this tutorial. More »