How to Create & Print Greeting Cards

Valentine Candle with a greeting-card - close-up image by Werg from

Creating and printing your own greeting cards is a way to let family members and friends know that you care. Rather than purchasing a preprinted, impersonal card from a commercial card store, make a greeting card that speaks directly to the recipient. Greeting cards require little or no artistic talent.

Anyone with a computer, an inkjet printer and digital layout computer software can create personal greeting cards without the cost.

Open a layout program such as Print Shop or QuarkXPress, or a word processing program such as Microsoft Works or Word.

Go to "File" > "New" to create a new document.

Insert the desired height of the greeting card in the "Height" box. Then, type in double the width in the "Width" box. For example, standard greeting card size is 5 inches by 7 inches. Therefore, the height would be 7 inches and the width would be 10 inches. For a horizontal card that opens from the bottom, double the height instead. Hit "OK."

Select the "Line" tool in the program, then click-drag a line so that it divides the width in half. This will divide the document into a left and right panel. This line represents the fold of the card. Most layout programs have rulers that make measuring easier.

Insert a picture into the layout program for the front of the card by going to "Edit" > "Insert." This command will vary with different layout programs. Select the desired picture from your own files and hit "OK." Position the picture so that it is on the right panel.

Select the "Text" tool and click at the position on the workspace where any text is needed. Type in the greeting if necessary.

Repeat Steps 2 through 4 to create another document. Then, type the inside salutation using the program's "Text" tool on the right panel. Add a funny saying, phrase or remark followed by "Sincerely" and your name.

Insert the cardstock into the printer's paper tray. Use standard 8 ½ by 11 inch cardstock in any colour.

Navigate to the document that contains the front of the card and go to "File" > "Print." Hit "Print" to print the page. Watch the printer to determine the direction that it prints the paper. Note if the printed image is pointing left, right, up or down. Determine how to reinsert the cardstock to print the inside using this notation.

Reinsert the same piece of cardstock and navigate to the document with the inside of the card. The text on the inside of the card should print on the back of the left panel of the front of the card.

Go to "File" > "Print." Hit "Print" to print the back of the card.

Fold the cardstock in half along the fold line. Trim the excess off with a pair of scissors.