Celebrate the beginning of summer with this fun card project.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 card
Photo 1: The pattern of the birdhouse.
Photo 2: Draw a black vine border in the top right corner of the card.
Thank you for the kind words! :-)
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.
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.
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.
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
I also make my own greeting cards and use the Hallmark software often. It prints the Hallmark logo on the back of the card. To people who don't have the printer, etc. it could be expensive to start out. I just bought a new 3-in-one printer for $5o.00 included the ink. I wore my old one out. But if you do have these things, it can be very rewarding. I have a hard time trying to find just the right card with what I want to say, and if I find one close to it, it usually costs me $4.00 plus tax. The paper and envelopes do last a pretty long time if you buy them in packs, and I refill my own ink cartridges. I have had many compliments of the handmade, specialized cards I've given and it cost me next to nothing per card.
Step by step instructions on how to easily make a cute flower-card, using simple household stationery. This is a great craft for kids.
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
Thanks so much for your wonderful inspiring ideas. I love to make cards, too, for family, friends and soldiers as inexpensively as possible. There are so many embellishments and machines on the market today that I could invest a fortune. But the challenge to me is making a card using things I have on hand and "finds" from unsuspecting places. Thanks again for your inspiration.
Shaped note cards are fun and easy to create. They are great for gift-giving.
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.
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.
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.
Pink and green medallion has been cut from paper and used as a focal point in this card. The lovely tag completes this set.
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.
Would u be willing to post detailed instructions for this craft? I'm thinking it would be a nice small shower gift for my neice who is getting married next year(I'll have lots of time, lol) I would put in thank notecards for wedding gifts.