You can indeed go to the store to buy greeting cards. However, nothing can convey love better than the time and effort you put into creating your own greeting cards. Give a personal touch to greeting cards by making your own! Friends and family will love receiving your unique design on a letter or card, and making your own takes less time than you might think!
Part 1 of 3: Designing Cards
Step 1. Add eye-catching embellishments using stickers, adhesive tape, or beads
In addition to stacked textured paper, you can also stick dry press flowers or use washi tape to make patterns on the cards. Place a ruler on the side of the paper to draw smooth straight lines using colored markers. You can also attach beads to the sides of the paper to create an interesting texture.
- Look for extra decorations from craft supply stores or get creative with items you find in your home and yard such as flowers, unused buttons, or ribbons.
- If you want, you can use hot glue to glue larger objects together. Using hot glue is more effective, but you need to be careful not to injure yourself. Also, don't use hot glue near children. Cover the table or floor with paper to catch any glue residue or spillage, and always unplug the glue gun from the wall outlet after you've finished using it.
Step 2. Fold a sheet of paper into two equal parts
Spread the paper and fold it down the middle, from one side wide to the other. Trim or align the two wide edges where they meet, then press the folds against the paper.
you can too Cut the paper into smaller pieces if you want to make a tinier and cuter greeting card.
To make it, cut 2-5 centimeters of paper on each side, then fold the paper back.
Step 3. Draw a simple design using a pen or permanent marker as an easy option
If you want to create a minimalist-style greeting card that is still attractive, use white cardboard and draw illustrations using a black pen or marker on the front of the card. Use a ballpoint pen or fountain pen to draw simple objects (eg cupcakes, Christmas trees, or diamonds). A design like this can give your greeting card a very elegant and professional effect or touch.
For a historical and romantic touch, try a silhouette like the one shown in the illustration above
Step 4. Paint the design on the front of the card for a pretty touch
Get a watercolor or acrylic set, a glass of water, and a brush. Use watercolors for a softer, less intense look, or use acrylic paints for lighter, more vivid colors and thicker textures. Make sure the paper you are using is white or beige for best results.
Painting pictures of flowers, patterns, christmas trees, or whatever object you want on the front of the card.
Step 5. Add pop-up elements to create a three-dimensional “magic”
Make a heart, sun, or Christmas tree pop out of the card page! Making your own pop-up card can show your loved ones that you are putting in more effort. Children usually like greeting cards like this.
- Try making pop-up cake decorations for a happy birthday card or customizing the greeting card with a theme or object that the recipient likes, such as a basketball or a cup of coffee.
- For a wedding (or wedding anniversary) card, make a heart-shaped pop-up decoration.
Step 6. Use a stamp to give it a classic feel or touch
You can purchase an alphabet stamp or other design to attach to the front of the card. Open the ink pad and press the stamp on the pad to coat it with ink. After that, put a stamp on the front of the card to decorate it or write something in ink letters.
You can buy ink pads and stamps from a craft or stationery store
Step 7. Glue some paper if you want to add dimension to the card
You can use scraps or leftovers from wrapping paper, tissue, textured craft paper, or cardboard in a different color. Make square or rectangular strips of paper and glue them to the front of the card.
- Experiment with the placement and shape of the paper cut. Try making a frame or positioning the pieces of paper in a diamond shape.
- For example, you could cut colored paper into thin strips and then glue the strips onto the card as a frame.
Part 2 of 3: Adding Messages
Step 1. Write the main message on the front of the card
Use a pen or marker to write down the main message you want to appear on the card. If you want, write a classic greeting for a special occasion or celebration such as “Happy Mother's Day” or “Happy Eid”. If you don't want to send a greeting card for a particular celebration, you can use greetings like “Warm Hugs from me” or “I Miss You”.
- You don't have to stick to standard sayings. The more personal the words that are written, the better. If your friend loves the Harry Potter series, for example, make a Harry Potter-themed birthday card with a message about enjoying butter beer on his special day.
- For a prettier message, write each letter in a bubble, use a light-colored marker to draw attention to it, or add extravagance through calligraphy.
Step 2. Cut the letters from the magazine to paste on the card in collage format
Different textures and fonts can be unique elements of a card. Think in advance what you want to say (eg “Happy Birthday”) and cut out the required letters from the magazine. Look for fonts that are large enough, easy to read, and have colors you like. After that, attach each letter piece to the card using a glue stick.
Step 3. Write a longer message on the inside of the card
Use the space on the inside of the card to develop the main message on the front of the card. For example, if you wanted to make a greeting card for Father's Day, you could say how grateful you are for having a father figure in your life. Use a pen to write more detailed messages in smaller letters, or a permanent marker for shorter messages.
Messages will appear slightly different depending on the event or celebration. The tone of the message will also differ depending on the purpose of the card (eg a cheerful tone for a happy birthday card, or an empathetic tone for a letter to a sick friend/family member)
Step 4. Add stories and personal details to make the card feel more touching
There's nothing wrong with writing something sentimental, depending on the occasion or celebration. If you want to write a birthday card for a friend, write down things that make you grateful or happy to have him as a friend. If you're writing a Mother's Day card, write down the things you're grateful for for your mother's presence.
- If you haven't seen the recipient in a while, let him know that you think about him every day or tell him a related story.
- While the front of a card usually contains generic greetings, the inside of a card can be a great space to say meaningful things to your friends!
Part 3 of 3: Designing Your Own Envelope
Step 1. Find a square sheet of paper large enough to fit a greeting card
To test if the card fits into the paper, rotate the paper so that it forms a diamond. Fold the left and right corners towards the center (meeting each other). Place your card horizontally over the two folded corners. If the card fits or sits in a square frame formed from both folds, the paper you are using is the right size.
If you don't have square paper, use a ruler to make a square on the larger paper. Alternatively, you can buy square-shaped paper with a unique pattern from a craft supply store
Step 2. Place the paper in a diamond position and draw an “X” or cross shape from the corners
Align the ruler from one corner of the paper to the other, then draw a line following the length of the ruler using a pencil. Rotate the paper 90 degrees, realign the ruler from one corner to another, and draw a line along the length of the ruler with a pencil.
Use a pencil so that the envelope that has been made does not have pen marks on the inside
Step 3. Fold the left and right triangles (triangles A and B) until the ends touch
The sides of triangles A and B must align with the "X" line. Flatten the outer sides of the two folded parts so they don't deform.
When flattening the outer edges with your fingers, press firmly on the paper to fully fold it
Step 4. Fold the bottom triangle (triangle C) so that its end is above the midpoint of the “X”
Place your finger slightly above the midpoint of the “X” and mark the spot where the finger is stuck with a pencil. This point is where the tip of triangle C is.
Smooth the crease on the underside with your finger so that the paper folds well
Step 5. Adhere double-sided adhesive tape on the inner sides of triangles A and B
Attach the tape from the center point to the bottom of triangles A and B. Use double-sided tape if available, or fold the regular tape so that both sides stick together.
If you don't have adhesive tape, use glue. Cover along the bottom sides of triangles A and B with glue (just a thin layer)
Step 6. Press triangle C on triangles A and B
Try to stick the triangle C smoothly and press it from the bottom to the top so that there are no bulging parts due to trapped air. Double-sided adhesive tape or a layer of glue will hold the triangular parts together.
If triangle C won't stick, add glue or apply adhesive tape, and try folding again
Step 7. Insert the card into the envelope and seal the envelope using adhesive tape or a sticker
Once the card is in the envelope, fold triangle D (top triangle) downwards and hold it or “lock” it with a sticker. Alternatively, stick double-sided adhesive tape along the side of triangle D (the side that is usually glued on a regular envelope) and seal the envelope by pressing triangle D against the bottom of the envelope.