Get Started Making Your Own Greeting Cards
Why make your own greeting cards?
A greeting card is meant for someone special. Someone you care enough to take the time to send a message of love, congratulations, consolation or whatever the occasion may be. Making your own greeting card makes your message that much more personal – and they can be pretty easy to make!
How do I make a greeting card?
The possibilities are endless. From watercolor cards to cards made from basic card stock and scrapbook paper. Here are a few simple greeting card tutorials I would suggest checking out to get yourself started:
- Easy Watercolor Card Tutorial
- Easy Greeting Card Making Tutorial (paper and card stock)
- Pop-Up Card Tutorial
- Happy Birthday Greeting Card
- Watercolor Birthday Card
- Father’s Day Card – Watercolor
- DIY Valentine’s Card
- Holiday Greeting Card
- Holiday Greeting Card #2
- Floral Watercolor Card
Greeting Card Supplies
To get started you’ll need a few basic supplies. Here are a few I use:
- White Card Stock
- Bone Folder
- Color Card Stock
- Basic Watercolor Set
- Paper Trimmer
- Envelope Punch Board
- Roller Adhesive
Greeting card tips to keep in mind
Mindful Card Making
Take inspiration from cards you see online and in magazines. Look at what you love about the composition, color schemes, layering etc. Try to keep that in mind when you are creating your own greeting cards. Positioning of elements is a huge aspect in making a good greeting card. As you observe example you love, look for how the focal point of the card is created. How did they make the message stand out? Was it through the color scheme? Use of layering? As you keep your eyes open for inspiration you will find that the same thing keeps popping up over and over again. Follow your instinct on this to make creations you and your loved ones will treasure.
Use a map!
Sites like Pagemaps or MojoMonday release card sketches regularly that can be followed to make your own creations. Using a ‘map’ in the beginning is so helpful while you are still finding your own style. Think of them as a blueprint – feel free to add on or take away as you please. Over time you will feel more comfortable experimenting and trying new techniques.
Youtube is your friend
As you can tell by the links above – I love Youtube tutorials. Follow video tutorials of paper crafting manufacturers online either on their own websites or YouTube. It’s a good idea to subscribe to a few to see how their tools or latest paper releases are used in cardmaking. This tip is especially useful for visual types who struggle to figure out written directions even aided with a picture, videos are basically self-explanatory and I can’t forget how many times a simple written instruction didn’t make sense until I saw it ‘happening’ watching a video. You’ll have your light bulb moments too when watching paper crafting and cardmaking tutorials online.
Let yourself be inspired by the bloggers and youtubers out there. Subscribe to their channels and follow their bogs. Finding your own style means being inspired by others and finding out what you love. You can also buy some card making magazines to get a feel and see the latest trends in cardmaking. Be sure to expose yourself to other artists.
Don’t be scared to experiment and see what feels natural to you, either by using a specific product or range or getting enamored with a certain technique. Just add some personal touches to make the styles your own.