How to Create a Blank Greeting Card Using Microsoft Publisher

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Microsoft Office Publisher software allows users to create a wide variety of publication types such as brochures, calendars, newsletters and greeting cards. Microsoft provides several versions of flat, bifold and tri-fold greeting cards in pre-designed templates for quick creation of a greeting card that fit's the user's needs. Typically, a "blank" greeting card describes a card that doesn't contain verbiage. To create this style of card, a user simply needs to choose a template, remove any pre-designed images and then add images chosen from Publisher's clip art gallery or personal files.

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Things you need

  • Template
  • Images
  • External hard drive
  • Paper
  • Cardstock (optional)
  • Printable card sheet (optional)
  • Printer

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    Open your version of Microsoft Publisher and select a flat, bifold or tri-fold greeting card template. Click "File" > "New" > "New Publication" > "Publications for Print" and then select a publication type (greeting cards) from the categories that open (Publisher 2003); or select the publication type "Greeting Cards" on the sidebar under "Publication Types” and then review the types (Publisher 2007).

  2. 2

    Remove any pre-designed images from the template that you don't want to use. Click on an image once to select it and then push the "Delete" button on your keyboard.

  3. 3

    Select images (clip art or photos) to use on your greeting card. Go to "Insert" > "Pictures" and then select the option you're interested in to access clip art or photos. For example, click "Clip Art..." to open available clip art options or "From File..." to select an image file from your computer or an external hard drive. Follow the prompts to insert the image from either source.

  4. 4

    Drag each image into position on the front, back and/or interior (if applicable) of the card.

  5. 5

    Edit the images. Resize, crop, correct colour (brightness or contrast) or add borders as desired.

  6. 6

    Save the image to your computer or an external hard drive. Go to "File" > "Save As..." Choose a location to save the file, input a file name and then click the "Save" button.

  7. 7

    Insert your paper, cardstock or a blank printable card sheet into your printer and print the card for use.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't find a greeting card template to fit your needs, go to the Microsoft Office Online Templates website (see "Resources" section) and download a template.
  • If you can't find suitable images, visit the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art webpage (see "Resources" section), review the options and download the images as needed.

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