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Say something sentimental, silly, sweet, or sensitive in a custom greeting card you print yourself. Here are tips, ideas, and templates for designing and printing greeting cards and invitations. Select specialty software for creating all occasion year-round and holiday cards.

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4 Parts of a Greeting Card
A greeting card is generally a simple document -- a piece of folded paper with text or images on the front and a message inside. Although there are variations, greeting cards generally follow a typical layout. Folded on the side or the top, there's a front, an inside spread (usually only half is used), and a back.

There are many reasons to choose DIY greeting cards, invitations, and announcements over store-bought versions including cost and personalization.

  • DIY Greeting Cards
    Use these tips and resources to design and print your own greeting cards for holidays and special occasions or no occasion at all.

  • DIY Invitations
    Use these tips and resources for creating your own personalized invitations for weddings, birthday parties, and other special occasions.

  • DIY Valentine's Day Cards
    Pick and choose from the individual elements described here to put together a lovely Valentine's Day card, a Wedding announcement, or invites and decorations for a Valentine-themed party.

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How to Make a Greeting Card
A greeting card you make yourself can be more meaningful to the recipient and just as attractive as any store-bought greeting card if you follow these basic steps and apply these desktop publishing and design principles. Here are 10 steps to create a basic greeting card in any software.

St. Patrick's Day Greeting Card Craft Tutorial
This Lucky Charm St. Patrick's Day Card is intended as a personalized holiday card that combines your computer and software with traditional craft techniques. Download and print the greeting card template then follow the instructions to craft this personalized St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charm card.

Create a Peek-a-Boo Greeting Card in Microsoft Publisher 2010
Use this technique to fake a diecut on the front of a greeting card (or any other folded document).

Make a Happy Ghost Halloween Card with Publisher 2010
Learn to use Microsoft Publisher 2010 while making a Halloween card. Get the templates too.

Make an Easy 3D Greeting Card
While some photographs have a 3D look to them, you can really make them pop off the page by printing it twice and layering the two photos on top of each other. Create a crafty 3D photo card using these instructions and your own choice of photograph plus little bits of foam.

Add Some Sparkle to a Computer-Printed Greeting Card
A photo of a shiny, sparkly object makes a nice greeting card but you can add some dimensional sparkle with a few dabs of glitter glue. Create a crafty photo card using these instructions and your own choice of photograph and sparkly items such as glitter or sequins.

Enhancing a Computer-Printed Greeting Card
With the cool fonts, special text effects, textures, and graphics available in software, it's easy to design and print a perfect greeting card. But sometimes you can improve on a computer-generated card with some simple crafting supplies like metallic markers, hemp cord, and beads. Create a crafty computer card using these instructions and your...

Create a Greeting Card - Free Class
Learn desktop publishing by learning how to create a greeting card including choosing fonts and images. 9 Lessons. Online. Self-paced.
Or, take the course by email: 9-Day E-Course | 9-Week E-Course

Create a Greeting Card with Photoshop
Graphics Software Guide Sue Chastain walks you through how to create a create a greeting card with Photoshop. Includes a template for a landscape or portrait oriented "half-fold" card (approx. 8 by 5 inches, fits A-8 Announcement envelope).

Card and Envelope - Make your own
PaperShops.com has detailed instructions on making a card and envelope by hand with cardstock.

Finding the Right Words
From Anna Morvee at Suite 101, how to find and choose the right phrases, sayings, and sentiments for your greeting cards.

Greeting Card Phrases
PaperShops.com has a collection of quotes you can use in your carrds. Submit your own ideas too.

Print your own invitations
Invitations, etc. details two different ways to print your own Wedding invitations or other special cards.

The Warmth of a Card
Anna Morvee writes about Computer Crafting at Suite 101. In this article she focuses on the virtues of homemade cards.

DIY Greeting Cards
Use these tips and resources to design and print your own greeting cards for holidays and special occasions or no occasion at all.

DIY Invitations
There are many reasons to choose DIY invitations over store-bought versions, including cost and personalization. You can save money by designing your own invites. You can create a more personalized invitation that expresses who you are, fits a specific party theme, or incorporates personal elements such as photos. Use these tips and resources to...

DIY Valentine's Day Cards and Crafts
Make a card, a poster, a decoration for Valentine's Day or for other romantic special occasions using desktop publishing and graphics software. Pick and choose from the individual elements described here to put together a lovely Valentine's Day card, a Wedding announcement, or invites and decorations for a Valentine-themed party.

How to Format Text and Photo Inside Top Fold Greeting Card
A reader question answered about composing text inside a greeting card.

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