Whether you want to design a one-of-a-kind greeting card for free that you can send out as this year's Christmas card, design a personalised card for a sick friend, or design greeting cards to sell, there is a process you can follow. All that is required is a bit of organisation. Designing your own greeting card will add that personal touch and can save you money.
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Decide on the type of greeting card(s) you want to develop. The purpose of your card will play an important role in this decision. If you goal is to create a unique brand, you may wish to specialise in a certain type of themed greeting cards.
Brainstorm ideas on paper for your greeting card. This includes devising a design for the card as well as coming up with a verse or line for the front and inner panels. You don't always have to have a verse, in fact you may decide to include only one or two words on your card, or you can use a quote. If you want to use a photo or clip art, load it onto your computer.
Choose a free graphics program like GIMP or Inkscape, which will allow you to create a professional looking greeting card, much like those created with more expensive programs. When you open a new document, you will need set the dimensions of your document to reflect the size of the card you want as well as a resolution of 300 to ensure optimal printing.
Create your design using the colour fills, borders and gradients. Use the "Copy" and "Paste" function to place your photo or clip art on the front of the card. Then add any text.
Repeat this process to create the inner part of your card. Save your designs as high resolution JPEGs for printing.
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