Homemade cards are so easy to make, I don’t know why I ever bought them (except for those desperate last minute card emergencies). With digital photography today, all you need is a favorite photograph, nice paper, and someone who will appreciate your goodies!
I made these holiday cards by printing out a few of my favorite holiday-themed photographs for a few cents apiece. You can upload and order through online services like snapfish, or find a decent photo lab (preferably at least semi-professional) that will do your photos justice. Then, using double stick tape, photo mount spray (not too much), or even photo corners, simply center and attach the photo to card stock or other somewhat thick paper, folded in half. It’s that simple! Don’t forget to sign your artwork on the back. If using black card stock, your signature in pencil or metallic pen (silver shows best) along with the date is a nice touch.
If you are short on time and/or space, you can buy blank greeting cards that provide a slot for you to simply slide your photo into, or ones that you glue/attach your photo on the front. I have found Strathmore to be a reliable card source and their products are available at most stationary and art stores. If you have a high quality color printer (I don’t), you can print your digi-photos right onto the cards or paper–Voila!
You can easily make your own envelopes by tracing an existing envelope from home, downloading an envelope template you like, using the millions of online resources for envelope making, or buy them in bulk (color = optional) from a stationary store.
Even if you are not the best photographer, the card receiver will appreciate your efforts, especially if you take the time to personalize the card: family, favorite objects, shots taken while the receiver was with you, etc.
Note: Try finding a local store before reaching for the usual chain stores–they are often much cheaper and provide you with thoughtful customer service. Plus, it’s nice to be able to support the stores in your community rather than large corporations.
There are few things so satisfying as making your own gifts! Go wild!
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