Regardless of the reason or season, creating your own greeting cards adds a personal touch to every message you send. It may take some time and effort, but doing the work yourself can also help cut the overall price for each card. There may some initial costs, especially if you want to do fancy cards with stamping or cut out shapes, but all you really have to pay for is the paper.
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Create delicate flowers on a green background for a cheerful or spring-themed greeting card. Fold a piece of green or green and white striped paper into a 6-by-6 inch card. Cut a 3-inch wide piece of yellow tissue paper into a five-petal shape. Cut a 2-inch wide piece of pink tissue paper into a three petal shape. Cut a 2-inch wide piece of white tissue paper into a three petal shape.
Stack the yellow, pink and white papers to create your desired flower shape. Glue the middle of the papers to the middle front of the card, leaving the petals free. Glue a yellow button in the middle of the flower. Let the card dry before opening it to write a message.
Use scraps of wrapping paper and wrapping bows to create a greeting card that looks like a little wrapped gift. Fold a piece of white card stock into a 5-by-5 inch card and set it aside. Cut a 5-by-5 inch piece of white paper from another piece of card stock. Think of the square paper as the gift box.
Cover the "gift box" paper with wrapping paper, taping to secure it at the back of the "gift box." Tie a ribbon in a large bow and glue it to the middle front of the "gift box." Glue the "gift box" paper, front side out, to the front of the white card. Let the card dry completely before opening it.
Create a striking greeting card with only paper, glue and scissors. Fold a piece of cream card stock into a 6-by-6 inch card. Fold a piece of black card stock into a 5-by-5 inch card. Cut the ends of the black card, not the spine, with scissors to create a wavy, lacelike shape. Slide the black card over the cream card and glue it in place. Fold a piece of white card stock into a 4-by-4 inch card and cut it in the same manner as the black. Slide the white card over the black card and glue it in place. Let the card dry before opening it.
Carve stamps from potato halves to cheaply turn plain white paper into a customised greeting card. Use a small knife to carve a raised shape in the cut potato, such as a simple fish. Dip the stamp in craft paint and light stamp the white paper. Let the stamps dry, rinse off the potato and dip it into another paint colour. Repeat the process until you cover the paper with a colourful, overlapping fish pattern. Fold the paper into any size card once it is fully dry.
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