How to Make Recordable Greeting Cards

Written by deanne lachner
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Greeting cards make any occasion special. Giving a greeting card lets the other person know you're thinking about her and that you care, whether it be a birthday, holiday or even sympathy card. Many people personalise greeting cards by adding photographs and handwritten notes, but for a different sort of personal touch, add a recordable voice module on which you have recorded a message--in your voice--to the card's recipient. Imagine how Grandma will feel when she opens her card and hears her grandchildren's voices singing "Happy Birthday to You."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Recordable voice module
  • 1 piece 8.5 x 11-inch card stock
  • Card embellishments
  • Adhesive

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    Make the Card

  1. 1

    Make or purchase a greeting card. Premade cards, cards printed on a printer and handmade cards will all work with the recording module.

  2. 2

    Print a card on your printer by using a template you have downloaded, by designing a card online and then printing it, or by creating one of your own by using the word-processing or graphic program of your choice. Some scrapbooking programs, such as Scrapbook Factory Deluxe, and some word-processing programs, such as Word, contain card templates.

  3. 3

    Create a handmade card, if you prefer. Fold a piece of 8.5 x 11-inch card stock in half so it measures 8.5 x 5.5. Then fold again so it measures 4.25 x 5.5, making a side-fold card. Decorate and embellish your card using stickers, markers, pens, watercolours, chalk, glitter or crayons.

  4. 4

    If you prefer, purchase a blank recordable card and decorate it as desired.

    Attach the Recorder

  1. 1

    Purchase a recordable greeting card module (see Resources). The modules come in three styles. One style detects light, so when the recipient opens the card, the recording is activated. Another type works when the recipient pushes a button, and the third module style contains a small clear plastic tab that is automatically pulled when the card's cover is opened.

  2. 2

    Record your message on the module by following the manufacturer's directions. Some of these modules allow one-time recording only so practice what you want to say ahead of time.

  3. 3

    Attach the module to the card. Place it between the two back pieces of paper (behind the writing on the right, inside portion of the card), or on the back of the card itself. Most modules are self-adhesive, but if they're not, stick them to the card using adhesive or tape.

  4. 4

    Prepare the card for recorder activation. For the light-sensitive module, cut a small hole above the sensor so that when the card is opened, the module will play. For the clear plastic tab module, cut a slit in the spine of the card (between the left and right-hand sides of the card when open) and slide the tab through the slit, adhering it to the left-hand side of the card. Place it so that when the card is opened, the tab is pulled. If you purchased a push-button-activated module, cut a small hole above the button and press the button through the hole. Indicate with writing or a sticker that the reader should "Push Here" to activate the recording.

  5. 5

    Cover the voice recording module on the back of the card if you are using a greeting card that has not been folded in such a way that there are two pieces of paper between which you can sandwich the module. Cut a piece of card stock large enough to cover the module and adhere it on all four sides, covering the recorder completely.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are having trouble locating the recording module, buy a card or pack of cards that contain the module advertised as being recordable by the buyer, remove it from the card and use it on your creation. Be sure you aren't buying prerecorded cards that contain a song or something already recorded on it.
  • If your card is a top-fold card, modify the instructions above slightly by making the slit in the top spine of the card if you're using a ring pull recording device.

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