Whether you are 10, 20, or even 50 years old, guess what? Your mom would still want a handmade card from you on Mother’s Day. I love making my own greeting cards, but I don’t want to spend all afternoon on it either. I don’t have time, just like I’m sure you don’t. So all the greeting cards I make are really simple, but still have that handcrafted quality that shows you made the effort. And to be honest, I think they are so much prettier than the high-priced ones you find at the store.
With these simple instructions, you can make a beautiful handcrafted card in less time than it takes to make the trek to the store to purchase one.
If you plan ahead (just a little!), you can go to your local craft store (or Amazon if you hate running errands as much as I do), purchase your craft supplies once, and you will have enough supplies to make up to 50 cards – now that’s both economical AND a time-saver.
Cut all your paper once, put the extras in a Ziploc bag for future use, and your next set of cards will literally take minutes.
- Pre-made 4″ x 5.5″ cards and envelopes. These are easy to find at most craft stores or on-line stores. On Amazon, I found a package of 50 sets for only $16.95 (on prime!): 4″ x 5.5″ White Cards and Envelopes – Set of 50
- Download my free pdf file with a variety of caption sayings. You can download it here: Greeting-Card-Sayings
- Scrapbook Paper Stack – There are so many beautiful paper stacks out there for every occasion and style! I found this beautiful DCWV stack at my local Michaels. I love the vintage look and since the papers are all designed to coordinate with each other, mixing them together is a breeze. No artistic talent required (I promise). Just pick out a few of your favorite papers and you’re ready to go. Paper stacks usually range in price from $10 to $20, and can have anywhere from 24 to over 100 sheets per pack. You can make cards for years without running out!
- Scissors and glue stick.
- Select 4 pieces of coordinating paper and cut each paper to the following dimensions:
(a) 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ – this is the largest piece of paper that makes up the largest part of the greeting card.
(b) 2″ x 3 3/4″ – this is the 2nd largest piece of paper that you place next to the largest one.
(c) 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ – this is the thin strip that you lay in between the 2 largest sheets to give it added contrast.
(d) 2 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ – this is the piece of paper that the rectangular caption will be placed on.
(e) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ – this is the piece of paper that the square caption will be placed on.
2. Place the 2 largest pieces of paper (a & b) side-by-side on the white card and glue.
3. Place the thin, long rectangular piece (c) between the two large pieces you’ve just glued onto the card.
4. Depending on whether you want the rectangular caption or square caption, place the decorative paper anywhere on the card and glue.
5. Glue the caption on to the square or rectangular paper.
That’s it! You now have a beautifully handmade card for any occasion.