Making Your Own Greeting Cards

Personalized homemade cards can be very special correspondences for your friends and family. This guide is about making your own greeting cards.


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May 2, 2013 Flag

Celebrate the beginning of summer with this fun card project.

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 card


  • provided pattern of the birdhouse
  • 8.2 x 5.6 in light blue marbled cardstock
  • left-over sand-colored cardstock for the bottom part of the bird house
  • left-over red cardstock for the roof of the bird house
  • green cardstock for the grass
  • small piece of black cardstock
  • Artline 210 Fineliner Pen
  • Faber Castell watercolor pencils
  • craft glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors


  1. Score the 8.2 x 5.6 inch blue marbled cardstock length-wise to create a card sized 5.6 x 4.1 inches.
  2. With the fold at the left, use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to draw a black vine border in the top right corner of the card.
  3. Trace the birdhouse onto the sand-colored and red cardstock, cut it out and glue to the front of the card.
  4. Draw grass onto the green cardstock, cut it out and glue the grass to the front of the card.
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  6. Cut a small circle from the black cardstock and glue this in place on the birdhouse. This will be the "entrance" to the birdhouse.
  7. Use a dampened light green watercolor pencil to add leaves to the vine border, and to add some shadows to the grass.
  8. Then, use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to add some detail to the leaves.
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  10. Use a dampened red watercolor pencil to add small flowers to the grass, and dampened red and yellow watercolor pencils to add flowers to the vine border.
  11. Again, add some detail to the flowers with the Artline 210 Fineliner pen.
  12. Use dampened yellow and white watercolor pencils to add shadows to the entrance of the birdhouse.
  13. Use the Fineliner pen to add some detail to the birdhouse, so that it will look as if the house was made with wooden slats.
  14. Finish the design by adding two small butterflies with the Fineliner pen.

Photos included:
Photo 1: The pattern of the birdhouse.
Photo 2: Draw a black vine border in the top right corner of the card.
Photo 3: Glue the birdhouse and grass in place.
Photo 4: Add leaves to the vine border.
Photo 5: Add the flowers to the vine and grass.
Photo 6: The completed card.

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January 13, 2011 Flag

Homemade note cards that are hand-decorated in addition to using your printer for a few basics, and make the envelopes to match. Wrap in packets of 8 or 10 and give them to teachers, friends, and co-workers.

Approximate Time: 2-3 hours depending on how much you want to put into them.



  1. Gather up materials and supplies that you have available. I usually have one or two of the discontinued wallpaper books (real paper, not vinyl) and you can cut bits and pieces of pretty flowers or shapes that interest you to add touches of color and decorations to your notes.

  2. Decide what choices you have and how they can be used.

  3. Make the note-card first. You can begin with some clip-art from the internet or draw something yourself after folding the paper and trimming away 1/4 inch from sides and bottom of folded note. The folds will stay intact at the tops and left sides of our notes and "plus sheets".

    You can take apart tiny silk flowers, using only the parts that appeal to your sense of design. Add to the notes by punching out small shapes from card stock or other paper, and gluing them in place.

    I like to make the punched shapes using the card stock, and layering them like petals on a flower. It adds interest and dimension. Leaves can be cut out just using the scissors "freehand" and maybe adding tiny touches of "veining" with the fine-tipped Sharpie. Be sure your note ends up a bit smaller than your envelope and the "plus" sheet of paper.

  4. Fold your "plus" sheet and cut a tiny bit from sides and bottom with decorative scissors. The "Plus Sheet" is for people (like me) who intend to write just a note, but end up writing 2 whole pages. It's there for you and matches your "note card". You don't have to use it if you don't want to.

  5. Make your envelope. Lay your finished note card on the sheet of paper and fold it to fit. Be sure to leave enough room to fit the note and the "Plus Sheet" in the envelope. Cut and glue the sides to form it correctly. Remember to keep in mind all the rules about letter sizes that your post office has about mail. They don't like "square things". If you can see them, there are the letters "A", "B" and "C" printed on the pattern of the envelope. A and B are folded in first, then glue is added to either side of the bottom "C" which folds up to make the envelope. Allow them to dry overnight if possible, before using.

  6. You can make all the notes just alike or make each one different. People enjoy having a little variety to choose from when they are ready to write. Besides that, handmade gifts are never supposed to look like they were machine-made.

  7. Tie the note-cards (with the envelopes) together with a ribbon, and wrap them. Don't forget to add a bow and a tag "To my Friend with Love" or "To my Favorite Teacher with Love and Appreciation".

  8. Make a few for yourself while you're at it and write your friend or family member a note. He or she is thinking of you and would love to hear from you.

Enjoy your creative time. The things you make with your own hands are "Gifts of Love", or just RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness).

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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August 5, 2008 Flag

Greeting cards made from card stock, ribbons, and beads. Fold an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of textured cardstock to make a greeting card.

Silhouette of woman with ribbon turban.

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March 9, 2011 Flag

I used a soft pink and light green color combination to create a sweet and fresh-looking card. This is a wonderful card to send as a thoughtful greeting.

Greeting card with pink flowers.

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February 2, 2009 Flag

I have not bought a greeting card of any kind for more years than I can remember. How easy it is to make all kinds of beautiful cards with personalized photos from your own computer.

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June 20, 2011 Flag

Step by step instructions on how to easily make a cute flower-card, using simple household stationery. This is a great craft for kids.

Flower Card Finished

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July 23, 2007 Flag

One woman's remnant, is another woman's reward. Every single garage sale/estate sale I have ever been to has had at least one bag of miscellaneous sewing notions: buttons, lace, beads, and threads for cheap.

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May 7, 2008 Flag

Shaped note cards are fun and easy to create. They are great for gift-giving.

Mauve butterfly note cards.

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March 3, 2014 Flag

Use ordinary black paper and red cardboard, and a black-and-white picture of a horse. Spice it up with Washi tape, and create a card with lots of glamor and drama.

Love of Horses Greeting Card

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January 16, 2014 Flag

Recycle chocolate foil wrappers to make beautiful butterflies such as are on the card in this tutorial. Once you have mastered this, you can easily transfer the technique to other projects such as butterfly magnets, decorate cigar boxes etc.

Foil Butterfly Cards

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October 6, 2013 Flag

Send a fall message to your friends and family! These cards are so fast, easy, and thrifty! I did these four before breakfast (but after coffee) recently. I found some craft paint and a few fall themed stamps at a craft recycling store.

Leaf stamped greeting cards.

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December 8, 2011 Flag

Pink and green medallion has been cut from paper and used as a focal point in this card. The lovely tag completes this set.

Best Friends Card

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September 25, 2013 Flag

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with this handmade card and gift bag. Maybe take the time to send this as a thank you to your dinner hostess or someone you are thankful for.

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July 29, 2013 Flag

I have been using to create greeting cards that I can print on my own home printer. Any kind of card stock or even good thick writing paper works well.

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September 15, 2006 Flag

You can make your own greeting cards by savings up interesting pix you find and then mounting them on computer card . . .

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March 21, 2008 Flag

I love stamping and giving greeting cards to all my friends and family. These cards are made from wallpaper books that are normally discarded by paint stores. I got the books and made lovely cards using the wallpaper samples. Added a sentiment inside and I have instant cards that are beautiful.

Recycled cards in plastic bags.

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May 28, 2010 Flag

Our granddaughter is graduating from preschool Friday. She has a house kitty that she adores. Whenever I find a card with a picture that looks like her Cookie, I buy it. I found a birthday card but not a graduating from preschool one.

New text to alter a greeting card.

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January 21, 2012 Flag

Celebrate spring with this colorful card. Use it to convey birthday wishes, or just give it to a friend to share happy thoughts on spring!

Finished spring card.

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November 30, 2011 Flag

If you're planning to make a card for someone special, why not try using the technique of collage.

Handmade Collage Card 4

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October 27, 2011 Flag

Africa is known for its beautiful sunsets, and I wanted to make a card to commemorate this.

Sunset Silhouette Card

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December 16, 2007 Flag

These are very simple to make with flowers that you have collected and dried. Pansy and spring flowers are the best to use as they dry very flat, But I have even dried sunflowers in my flower press.

Finished card with tulle decorative bow.

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November 28, 2007 Flag

Here is a craft idea. The inserts that come in all magazines for subscriptions and other advertisements. I use those as bases for my greeting cards. Some of them are as heavy as cardstock paper.

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April 19, 2006 Flag

You can make your own personalized greeting cards by using blank note cards and writing in your own greeting. I use color-coordinated calligraphy pens to make the writing special.

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December 5, 2005 Flag

These cards make frugal use of all those leaves carted home and pressed in books in late October. They are reborn again in a pretty set of stationery cards for correspondence with loved ones or as a gift for a friend who loves to write.

A card with autumn leaves.

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March 10, 2005 Flag

Save all your extra buttons, pieces of ribbon, scrap fabric, etc. and let your kids make adorable cards for relatives. You don't have to throw away the scraps, and your kids will love making something with you.

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October 10, 2004 Flag

Want to make a great gift that will remind you of spring all winter long? Go out and remove the last of your pansies and daisies and press them in a book. You know that lacy looking weed that took over? Well go pick some of those leaves and press them also. Just don't pick the poison ivy. :)

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April 25, 2015 Flag

I need some legal advice. Can I make cards to sell at a craft fayre or in church using the pictures from shop-bought cards I have received?

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If you need legal advice, you should discuss your plans with an attorney.

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August 12, 2013 Flag

My picture on the greeting card does not fill the whole front of the card there are always margins, how can i make it fill the whole thing?

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