There are many reasons to choose diy greeting cards over store-bought versions including cost and personalization. You can save money by designing them yourself. You can create a more personalized greeting card that expresses who you are, fits a specific theme, or incorporates personal elements such as photos. Use these tips and resources to combine paper, computer, crafts, and more for diy greeting cards for Christmas cards, birthday cards, thinking of you cards, and any other holiday or special occasion.
Parts of an Greeting Card
DIY Greeting Card Wording
Aside from the basic greetings such as Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, or Thinking of You if you're at a loss for words, consider choosing a quotation to match the occasion. Or, put in a poem -- serious or fun. Of course, you don't have to use words at all but when you do, try some of these ideas:
- Special Thoughts for Special Occasions from About.com Quotations has inspirational, humorous, and historical quotes and sayings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthdays, and other holidays and events.
- Greeting Card Sentiments from About.com Rubber Stamping include printable quotes in spirals, circles, and other shapes to use in your greeting cards, organized by holiday or occasion.
Software for Greeting Cards
You can make your greeting cards completely by hand; however, using a computer and software can be faster, allow for more uniform cards, and you don't need a lot of craft supplies. These software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, or other extras to make it easy to design and print your own thank you cards, announcements, or DIY greeting cards. Some do other print projects as well such as labels or fliers or scrapbooks while others are devoted primarily just to greeting cards and note cards. They generally don't cost a lot of money and there's even a free option on each list.
Templates for Greeting Cards and Envelopes
You don't necessarily need special software for DIY greeting cards. If you have Microsoft Word or some desktop publishing software or even graphics software it works just as well. Those programs may have some templates for greeting cards, but chances are the selection is limited. Browse these template collections to find a suitable design that you can use as-is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes!