Creating greeting cards

Creating unique greeting cards makes them special and personal. You can share them with friends and family, or sell them. 

"Every person has his or her own unique ways of looking for new ideas, and you will find yours. I keep an "idea file" at home. It is simply a cedar chest that I put things in, such as assortment of old jewelry, beads, buttons and charms. I often open this box of treasures when I'm stumped and need inspiration."

By Priscilla Hauser (Create Your Own Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap)

175 fresh card ideas : designs to make and give throughout the year
by Kimber McGray.
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, 2010.
Handmade cards are fun to give and receive! 150+ Fresh Card Ideas is packed with ideas for all occasions - from kid-friendly themes and milestone birthdays to holidays, showers and sweet sentiments - you'll never be stuck without a design idea for any card-giving occasion. More than 50 cards include step-by-step instructions and each chapter features a gallery brimming with more inspiration.
The best of Paper Crafts Magazine
[editor-in-chief, Jennifer Schaerer.]
Little Rock, Ark. : Leisure Arts, c2010.

Making personal connections through the art of paper crafting is what Paper Crafts#xAE; magazine is all about, with greeting cards, keepsake paper creations, bags, tags, and other projects galore. This big 288-page book is the paper crafter#x19;s dream collection, compiling more than 500 of the best projects from recent years of the magazine and its special issues. Cards are a major focus, along with a bonus collection of paper crafted containers and keepsake treasures to accompany simple food gifts (recipes included!). Other projects include gift bags and tags, party invitations and decorations, banners, handmade jewelry, mini albums and journals, magnets, stationery, table place settings, and more. Cards of many shapes and sizes cover a wealth of topics, including birthdays, baby, weddings, mothers, fathers, teachers, teens, girlfriends, seasons, holidays, and all occasions.

Joan Elliott's cross stitch greeting cards : 70 stunning designs for every occasion
Joan Elliott.
Cincinnati, OH : David and Charles, 2010.
A collection of 70 beautifully detailed greetings cards from leading cross stitch designer, Joan Elliott. Features eight themed chapters with everything from sophisticated Oriental-inspired designs and Celtic celebrations to fun childhood events and adorable baby motifs. A number of chapters also include alternative project ideas, providing handy advice, useful making up instructions and stunning artworks. With a design for every occasion, follow the step-by-step instructions and clear color charts to stitch stunning cards for all your friends and family.
Card making with Cricut
edited by Tanya Fox.
Berne, IN : Annie's Attic, c2009.
Demonstrating the endless assortment of shapes and styles that can be made using the Cricut from Provo Craft, this guidenbsp;helps crafters create unique and sensational greeting cards with ease. With simple instructions, imaginative sample projects for occasionsnbsp;such asnbsp;baby showers and birthdays, and unlimited design options, this helpfulnbsp;reference explains how to impress friends, coworkers, and family with personalized homemade cards.

You do not have to be an artist to be creative. Instead, you need only let your imagination run wild.

To produce one-of-a-kind cards does not have to be expensive. Remnant items can be recycled to produce beautiful results.

The first step is to think of a unique idea.  Next, you will need to develop it.

For example, you might want to design a card with dried ferns. This means that you have to find some fern plants, dry them, and then determine what kind of background you wish to mount them on. The materials you use to make your idea a reality can vary. They need not be too complicated.

Add your own personal touches

Basic techniques for making your own cards include collage, printmaking, inking, painting, papermaking, embossing, metallic leafing, and quilling. For each of these techniques, you can create a simple or a complicated design.

Collage is probably one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make a wonderful greeting card. Using a glue gun or clear glue sticks, arrange a variety of materials on colorful cardstock. Pieces of lace, old costume jewelry, buttons, and beads are just a few objects that can be used.

Preserved flowers : pressed & dried
Diane Flowers.
New York : Sterling Pub., c2006.
Includes index.

Try to press your own fresh flowers during the year. When you have a rainy or snowy day, pull them out and create a fabulous, cheery greeting card. Remember that flowers have different meanings. Thus, you can use a specific one on your greeting card to send a message to a friend.

Making your own greeting cards can be family fun. Or, invite your friends and have a designing party. The ideas are endless. The rewards are countless!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff