Anyone can buy an anniversary card at a card shop or chemist, but it's more personal to create and print your own card. If you have a black and white printer, you can print black images and text on coloured card stock for a striking look. If you have a colour printer, you can include photos and coloured graphics. When you make your own anniversary cards, the recipients will be touched that you put in so much thought and effort into it.
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Things you need
- Blank card stock
- Scrap paper
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Laser or inkjet printer
- Word-processing software
Decide how big you want your anniversary card to be. A small card is 4 inches by 5 inches; an average-sized card is 5 inches by 7 inches. Create a word-processing document for your card. Set the paper size to be one times the height and twice the width of your finished card. This will allow you to fold the card in half so the recipient can open it to read the message inside.
Format your word-processing document to have two columns. The right side of one page will be the cover of the card and the right side of the second page will contain the s message.
Add artwork to the cover of the card (the right column of the first page). Insert free wedding or anniversary clip art (available online), or a photo of the couple. Use a decorative-but-legible font to add text above or below your art.
Add a message to the inside of the card (the right side of the second page) using a font that matches or complements the font you used for the front of the card. You can skip this step if you want to hand write your message. Skipping this step also simplifies the printing process.
Cut your card stock and a piece of scrap paper to the same size as your word-processing document.
Insert the scrap paper and print the first page of your document. If you are printing a message on the inside of the card, turn the paper over so the blank side will be printed on and insert it in the printer's feed tray. Make sure that the printed side is oriented correctly. For example, if your printer prints on the side of the paper facing up and prints the top of the page first, turn the paper over so that the printed side is facing down with the top oriented towards the printer. Print the second page of the document. If you are happy with the results, repeat the printing process with the card stock. Otherwise, edit the document and print on scrap paper again.
Fold the printed card in half. Hand write a personal message if you want to and sign the card.
Tips and warnings
- You can embellish your printed anniversary cards with glitter, ribbons or coloured markers. You can also use a corner punch or edge punch to create a decorate edge on your anniversary cards.
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