Professional-looking homemade greeting cards are easy to make by people of all skill levels. They can be adorned with any kind of design imaginable, contain beautiful poetry or have a blank inside so they are suitable for all occasions. Handmade greeting cards can be true works of artistic creation. Designers of handmade greeting card are not limited by the number of people with which they can share their cards. Card designers can sell their cards to the general public, and some can turn homemade greeting cards into a lucrative business.
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Things you need
- Cardstock, various colours
- Stock photographs
- Plastic sleeves
Choose a heavy weight paper. Select the paper colour, finish and texture to enhance your desired effect. For autumnal cards use beiges, gold and warm-hued papers. Winter-themed cards should have a cool colour scheme. Bright brilliant colours work best for summer, while pastel colours are optimal for spring-themed cards.
Create original poetry or borrow poetry from past poets. Make sure that whatever words or poetry you use do not have a copyright, and credit their author. Either print the interior of the card or use markers and stencils to hand-write your words. The inside of your card may also be left blank.
Select an image, artwork or overall theme for your card. Take original pictures or locate GNU photography, which is licensed to the general public, to enhance your card. Photographs may be printed in vivid colour, grey scale, sepia tone or black and white. It is OK to crop images or blow up images so that only a certain portion of a picture is used.
Pictures should be applied directly onto cardstock paper with industrial strength glue, or printed onto the card's surface. Notice that if you glue your images onto your card, any interior designs or wording must be printed before the pictures and embellishments are added.
Determine the focal point of your card. A card can have a centre focal point or an off-centre focal point. Choose your desired layout, and place your main image on that section of the page. Be be mindful of the card's visual flow for any additional image placement.
Add buttons, ribbon or attractive odds and ends to the front of your card. Most craft stores are loaded with scrapbooking materials that would provide an extra touch of class to a handmade card. Place finished cards in plastic sleeves for protection.
Create a sample kit. Take samples of your handmade cards to local businesses. Non-franchised pharmacies, florists and mom and pop bookstores are great places to sell your cards. Always be polite when speaking to store owners, and have a good attitude. Remember, you are offering your services.
Sell your cards online. There are several online craft malls that sell handmade crafts. Many of these sites charge a small fee for their services, so always read the fine print in any contract.
Purchase booth space at a craft mall or craft fair. Handmade crafts sell well in that kind of environment. Again, it is important to know how much the booth costs and if a craft mall takes a percentage of your sales before agreeing to any contract.
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