This year, I bought my twin nieces gift cards for their birthdays even though I had previously vowed to never give such a thing as a present. To my defense, it was a gift card to Michaels Craft store so they could buy themselves a fun project to do when the Arizona heat prevents them from going outdoors. I thought the least I could do was to make a handmade greeting card to show that I could be creative too!
How to Make a Handmade Greeting Card
I started my handmade greeting card with blank cards and an assorted scrapbook paper pad that I purchased from a craft store.
They were both pretty cheap, the cards being about 5 bucks for 25 and the paper cost $12. Together they should be enough to create 25 greeting cards. Cut your chosen squares to fit the front of the card and adhere with rubber cement or a glue stick.
Next, I used some ribbon that was left over from Christmas, cut to size and used a glue stick to paste. The red flowers were pressed and dried in a phone book, whereas the pink flower was a leftover from what I had bought at a craft store for an earlier project.
Lastly, to make the large letter K, I printed it to size on my computer and cut it out. I then laid it on top of the paper I wanted to use and cut around. You could probably trace it on the paper too and then cut.
That’s it! I felt so proud that I was able to send my nieces something created by me and I still have enough stuff to make many more cards!!
HANDMADE GREETING CARD TIPS
– Save old cards, Christmas tags, magazines and papers that can be cut and used as decorative papers for your greeting cards.
– Use scrapbook tweezers to apply delicate flowers.
– Save old ribbon, tissue and decorations to be used for your creative projects.
– Store your scrapbook stuff in an organization caddy or special place for easy access.
7 thoughts on “Make a Handmade Greeting Card”
Lovely cards. I like the way you have centered the print on plain white. Keep making cards… it is so much better than picking them off the shelf :-)
I have an idea for your point number 141 ( Make a handmade gift) which I had done sometime back at…
Love your handmade gift idea too! I might have to try making that one for #141, Thanks!
Hi Annette! Congratulations for succeeding in making those lovely handmade greetings cards! They are great! I love your blog so much!!!! It's a great idea! I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time now. You certainly have inspired me here. And thank you so much for visiting my handmade card blog….do visit again whenever you can!
I used to love artsy stuff and making crafts. Some of that is visual and I find it hard not seeing as well anymore, but I agree hand-made is more thoughtful. With the help of someone who loves scrapbooking I made a book about owls for my niece last year, to go with the Hedwig owl stuffed animal puppet I got her at the Harry Potter themed park in Florida. I do need help a lot of the time to make things look better, but I have become expert at making things, designs and words using actual braille dots. I become more resourceful if I make the effort. :-)
What a special gift that is for your niece. I bet you have learned how to be pretty darn resourceful!
These are quite an inspiration. I just get the idea how to use some old patterned papers.