Homemade greeting cards are beautiful, crafty and far more creative than any store-bought card. Get started with making your own thoughtful cards with simple, yet artistic ideas that are friendly for any budget and use commonly available household materials. Making your own card also allows you to personalize your greeting for any occasion.
Using photographs is a thoughtful and personal way to decorate a greeting card, especially for sentimental holidays, such as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Take photos and make color copies or black and white copies of them. Cut them out and glue them onto the front of the card. Or for some more pizazz, create an artistic border out of construction paper, lace or ribbon and glue into place. To make sparkly photos, use a paintbrush to apply glue onto the black part of the black and white photo. Sprinkle glitter over the glue and dust off. You now have funky white and glitter photos.
Pop-up cards can be pricey at the store, but they are completely free and easy to make on your own. Fold a piece of card stock in half. Cut two parallel lines, about an inch apart, from the fold of the paper toward the middle of the card. Fold the strip over and back and crease. Open the card and pull the strip out, so that it looks like a step. Glue a photograph, a picture or any other flat item onto the front part of he step. Close the the card and crease. Open the card and the item should pop out from the card.
Use homemade or stamps you have lying around the house to make colorful and personalized stamped cards. To make a homemade stamp, cut a potato in half. Use a sharp knife to cut a simple shape into a wet end of the potato. Remove the remainder of the potato so that only the shape is left. Use a regular ink pad to print. Make your own stamp, using the eraser end of a pencil. Carefully draw a shape (for example, a star or triangle) onto the flat top of the eraser and carve out, using a sharp knife. Dip the eraser in an ink pad to use.
Tissue paper is an all-purpose decorating tool for greeting cards. Use crumpled tissue paper to make flowers for a Mother's Day card, or roll tissue paper into tiny balls to make a creative rainbow mosaic. Use tissue paper like ribbon. Cut strips of paper and wrap around the front of the card to make a variety of striped designs. Tissue paper also makes a colorful backing for card holes or windows. Make holes or punch out shapes from card stock and glue a sheet of tissue paper behind it for an elegant backdrop.
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