Shop bought greetings cards are great for when you have about five minutes to scribble a message and pop it in the post, but if you want to put a bit more thought it and show someone you really care about their special day, making a gift card is a much nicer gesture. If you have the time to sit down and really get in touch with your creative side, you can build up a collection of beautiful greetings cards that will keep you going for the rest of the year.
Why Bother Making Your Own Greetings Cards?
Use Up Existing Materials
–although you will need to buy some materials to make your own greetings cards, it is more than likely that you have any number of suitable arts and crafts bits and pieces lying around already. Pens, paints, glitter and dried flowers are often tucked away in drawers and cupboards, particularly if you have small children, so look around first before you buy a load of art materials.
Save a Fortune
– greetings cards cost money and when your kids are invited to zillions of parties in the month, this cost soon adds up. So instead of paying a fortune for naff cards from the local store, spend an afternoon making your own cards instead.
Bonding Time with the Kids
– it is often hard for parents to spend quality time with their children and it is even harder to spend quality time that does not involve paying out a load of money on expensive activities. Thankfully arts and crafts sessions are pretty inexpensive and as long as you can stomach the mess, spending an afternoon making cards with your children is likely to be fun for all of you.
Essential Materials for Making Greetings Cards
– to make a greeting card, you will need a supply of thin card to paint, glue and otherwise decorate. White card is readily available from stationery suppliers, but don’t be afraid to try using coloured cards. If you want to really go the extra mile, try some groovy holographic card.
– there are literally hundreds of different things you can use to decorate your greetings cards. Paint, glitter, dried flowers, and any number of other fancy materials; the only limit is your imagination, so feel free to experiment.
– in the good old days, glue came in a pot and smelt pretty bad. These days, crafty people have access to cleaner and better quality glues, so look around and see what’s on offer. A glue gun is normally the best adhesive option for greetings cards. They can be bought very cheaply from stationery suppliers and are easy to use.
– all greetings cards require an envelope. Either make your own from a sheet of coloured paper, or buy ready-made envelopes in a suitable size.
– if you plan on making cards to sell at craft fairs and other commercial outlets, you will need to package your cards in clear cellophane wrappers to keep them clean and professional looking. These can be bought cheaply online or from crafts suppliers.
Experiment with Ideas
There is no right and wrong when it comes to making greetings cards, but you may need to experiment to find the best ideas. Try looking at cards other people have made and expanding on their ideas. Cut out and keep pictures from magazines and recycle old cards by taking elements from them and reusing these in your own cards. Collect dried leaves and flowers from nature walks and incorporate them into your designs. Over time you will find out what works and what doesn’t, and before long, your friends and family will look forward to seeing what new ideas you come up with.
Gem Wilson is a writer who believes that everyone should learn how to make their own cards as this will save you a fortune. You can create great images and styles to give to people using glitter pens, coloured paper and holographic card.