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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Summer Birdhouse Card

By Benetta 221 118

Celebrate the beginning of summer with this fun card project.

Finished card.

Approximate 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. Draw vine on right side.
  4. Trace the birdhouse onto the sand-colored and red cardstock, cut it out and glue to the front of the card.
  5. Pattern.
  6. Draw grass onto the green cardstock, cut it out and glue the grass to the front of the card.
  7. Grass added.
  8. Cut a small circle from the black cardstock and glue this in place on the birdhouse. This will be the "entrance" to the birdhouse.
  9. Use a dampened light green watercolor pencil to add leaves to the vine border, and to add some shadows to the grass.
  10. Add leaves to vine.
  11. Then, use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to add some detail to the leaves.
  12. 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.
  13. Again, add some detail to the flowers with the Artline 210 Fineliner pen.
  14. Add flowers to vine and grass plus added detail ot leaves.
  15. Use dampened yellow and white watercolor pencils to add shadows to the entrance of the birdhouse.
  16. 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.
  17. 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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Decorative Note Cards

By Julia 147 1,074

Finished card tucked inside envelope.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.


  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets of paper, mix and match the colors
  • Elmer's glue
  • a few sheets of multi-colored card stock
  • ribbon or other decorative items of choice, such as tiny silk flowers or beads
  • plain and decorative scissors
  • paper punches of choice
  • fine-tip Sharpie pen


  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. Card and unfinished envelope.

  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. Folding envelope.

  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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Floral Greeting Card

By HellofromMhay 73 27

Greeting card with pink flowers.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.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes


  • white and green cardstock
  • floral embossed patterned paper
  • pink paper flowers (hydrangea)
  • pearl adhesives
  • 1/8 inch satin ribbon with gold edge (light pink)
  • green gel pen
  • low temp hot glue
  • glue stick
  • double-sided adhesive
  • pencil, scissors, craft knife, ruler


  1. Fold 8 x 5 1/2 inch white cardstock in half to make a card.
  2. Cut 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch strip from floral patterned paper. Adhere to the right edge of the front card.
  3. Use green cardstock to cut three stems. Arrange stems to card and adhere in place with a glue stick.
  4. Use a little hot glue to adhere the flowers. Then attach pearl in the center of each flower. Finish with a bow. Write "hello" on card with a gel pen.
  5. For the envelope, trace the top flap onto the white side of the floral patterned paper. Cut out with the craft knife and ruler. Apply adhesive to attach it and stick the flower on as a final touch.
  6. View of the envelop with flower on the tab.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

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Unique Greeting Cards

By Georgetta Ruth 75 76

Silhouette of woman with ribbon turban.Greeting cards made from card stock, ribbons, and beads.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes


  • textured cardstock
  • craft ribbons
  • stretch bracelet
  • light weight cardstock
  • Tacky Glue
  • cutouts from magazine


  1. Fold an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of textured cardstock to make a greeting card.
  2. Choose a shape from a old magazine, book, or copy one from any "free" clip art sites.
  3. Once you have your image (I cut mine out from an old magazine), glue the entire page on to a piece of lightweight cardstock (easier to cut).
  4. Cut out your shape (save the remaining pieces for later projects. Now I have my template to be used over again. (Keeping the original picture on the template also reminds me what the shape is). You now use template to make shapes from other papers, cardstock, or chip board.
  5. For my head wrap, I cut different ribbons, making sure that left a inch border on both sides. Each ribbon overlaps to make a seamless look.
  6. Once dry, I turned over the shape and cut off the excess ribbon.

  7. Before gluing the shape to the cardstock, I added embellishments. (I had a stretched out the bracelet which I doubled to look like a necklace.) You can add other embellishments to suit your taste.

There you have it. A unique handmade greeting to present to family or friends. The only purchase was the textured cardstock. I had all the other materials on hand.

By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA

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Easy Flower Card for Any Occasion

By Gunja 16 4

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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Butterfly Note Cards

By HellofromMhay 73 27

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

Mauve butterfly note cards.

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Gift Card Purse

By Kathleen Buchanan 4 2

I'm a rubber stamper/scrapper/paper crafter. This is a photo of one of my hand stamped "purses" and matching card. I usually make 6 cards for each "purse" and give them as gifts. Handstamped "purse" for a gift of greeting cards.

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Easy Fall Greeting Cards

By nhe 12 18

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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Happy Thanksgiving Card and Gift Bag

By HellofromMhay 73 27

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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Card - Spring is Here!

By Benetta 221 118

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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Best Friends Card and Tag

By HellofromMhay 73 27

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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Handmade Collage Card

By Anne Davies 22 12

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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Sunset Silhouette Card

By Benetta 221 118

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

Sunset Silhouette Card 8

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Dried Flower Note Cards

Debra Frick

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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Dried Leaf/Flower Wreath Cards

Christine Weber

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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Tip: Use Photos to Make Greeting Cards

By karen 11 4

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. Print Shop is the software I began with but I have used Print Artist for years. My grandchildren have made their own school alentines using this program. I can't remember the time they bought Valentine's cards for their friends. If you are a photography buff many of your very own photos can be easily inserted in your cards. And pick your own words or special quote to insert inside the card. When you are finished you will wonder why you ever spent money on those store bought cards.

Another good idea is making your own gifts. Friends enjoy handmade gifts much more than the store bought kind. When I was newly married I made gifts out of necessity, but I have kept up that tradition since, for over 40 years now. The list of patterns and ideas is endless if you search on Google or Yahoo. You don't have to spend any money for almost all of the good ideas out there. Try with a simple gift like a hand painted flower pot given with a pkg. of seeds tied to it with a beautiful bow. Go pick up that Christmas ribbon that is on sale now for next to nothing.

Truly, truly, you can save so much money now with going handmade; handmade cookie mixes in jars (yes, those recipes are out there for nothing too), hand made cards and sentimental notes, handmade everything (soap, hand creams, etc.) A little footwork will get you going with absolutely stunning and very satisfying rewards.

By Karen from Davis, CA

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Love of Horses Greeting Card

By Benetta 221 118

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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Foil Butterfly Cards

By robbiebago 1

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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Tip: Buy And Use Miscellaneous Craft Scraps to Embellish Greeting Cards

By lynda 44 257

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. Or, I've seen them tossed curbside after not selling them in their brief sale.

This is what I do as I look through it at home:

Over the years I have accumulated so many bargain or "found" all-occasion cards so that I have a bundle. The newer ones in stores are clever, have special ornamentation added to the outside, along with a few dollar increase in price. I spend a little time in the card sections of stores a few times a year, learning what/how they've made the old styles special.

Like a scrapbook page, I spend a few rare free hours enjoying the goodie bag, old jewelry box, or tiny brown paper sack of bits and pieces of metallic cording, soutache trim, suede leather remnants, one-of-a-kind trims, left over from someone else's imagination/projects. I then come up with a lot of interesting ideas for improving the most boring out-of-date cards I have, starting with the oldest stack first. I do only a few at a time, in only a few categories.

If I have a card with nothing but a tall pines photo, I use the tiny leather strips for embellishing the bark, and use tiny pressed fern leaves, pre-sprayed with hair-spray, which I've pressed/saved in a phone directory, for three-dimensional leaves on the closest trees. Glue any old unused spices make up "woodsy" ground covering, (with a mini-trimmed feather) and even a tiny paper kite cut-out from a magazine illustration, thickened by glue, attached to a piece of tiny cording, "caught up" in the tree top. A single tiny layer of trimmed thin poly cotton from an old medicine bottle packaging, overlapping one of the highest branches for a cloud-covering adds curious mystique and brings back childhood memories to the recipient.

I'm careful not to make any of the embellished cards too thick for their envelopes, otherwise I must use one of the several odd larger spare card envelopes that I've accumulated from making a mistake from poor writing or messiness inside the original card that I had to toss. See, I just save and recycle as much as I can and truly enjoy doing it, for free, except for the glues, during the few odd times I have breaks, rare as those times are. Being crafty in the past does help, even as one ages. I'm planning to take some of the supplies to my mother in the assisted living home on a covered tray, so she might enjoy helping me "craft" to give her something to do.

This is very challenging, stimulates the imagination like working with miniatures, and doll furniture and houses, but can be enjoyed by men and boys as well, if they use the more masculine cards, various sorts of pipe cleaners, wires, strings, ropes, denims and more rugged trims, even tiny things from the gumball machines, patches, plaid ribbon for neckties, ideas on men's cards: all good rainy day crafts to work along with other crafters in the home.

Once it's all complete, I add my special applicable pre-printed Holy Scripture to the inside cover, for encouragement or comfort, whatever the need may be, because I live my faith in real life.

I also save unblemished, clean cellophane flat bags from individually wrapped Pop Tarts, and waffles, (when I can afford them) throughout the year, so that I can use them to "final wrap" embellished cards for easier insertion into their envelopes.

Although I can never purchase gifts as I have so often over the years for folks, I find a heart is softened and moved when I take the time to make them this special sort of card. Sometimes they are more attractive than storebought.

By Lynda from TX

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Tip: Make Your Own Greeting For Any Card

By Little Suzy 105 379

New text to alter a greeting card.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. I decided to create the personal greeting for inside on my computer. I printed it, mounted it on a piece of colored paper, and glued it inside over the original birthday greeting. She will never know.

By Little Suzy from Millbury, OH

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Craft: Hand Stamped Card

By Kathleen Buchanan 4 2

I'm a rubber stamper/scrapper. This is a scan of one of my hand stamped cards.

Handmade stamped greeting card.

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Tip: Recycled Sentiments

By Jill Holmes 5 1

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.

By Jill from Albert Lea, MN

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Tip: Making Your Own Greeting Cards

By pam munro 522 790

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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Question: Making Greeting Cards

By jbaz 1

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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    Most Recent Answer

    By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132 Flag

    April 27, 2015

    Or you can just google it for free.

    You may want to explore copyright free clip arts and print them out, then use them. If you are talking about cutting out the circle of a card and making ornaments out of it or such, I doubt if the copyright police do much shopping at church fairs. Good luck!

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    Tip: Homemade Greeting Cards on Your Computer

    By pattymabel 1

    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. I've downloaded my own photos for every card that I've created. My friends and family have all said that they love them and feel it is so much more personal than a store bought card. The great part is they are free except for the postage to mail them!

    Another great website if you're too late to send a card by regular mail is You can create E-cards here for free!

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      Tip: Use Inserts From Magazines For Greeting Cards

      By Georgetta Ruth 75 76

      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. I just cover the card with whatever decoration I am using and then glue the card to another piece of card stock. This also gives my cards a 3d effect. I recycle, enhance my craft and it's cheap.

      By Georgetta from Waterloo, IA

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      Tip: Blank Note Cards for Your Own Greetings

      By pam munro 522 790

      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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      Question: Adding Pictures to Homemade Greeting Cards

      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?

      By Kathy K.

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      Tip: Save Notions and Sewing Scraps for Greeting Cards

      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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      Tip: Homemade Cards and Stationary with Flowers and Leaves

      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. :)

      Now take some card stock and cut it down to the size you would like. Walmart sells invitation size envelopes and these work really well. Gently glue the flowers onto the cards then cover them with clear contact paper. These make a lovely gift for a grandmother or anyone else that loves to receive a special card.

      By Debra in CO

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