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A musical greeting card is one way to brighten up someone's special day. Music is a nice added touch to standard paper greeting cards for holidays like Christmas, Valentine's Day and birthdays. Additionally, you can select music that fits the person's personality or the occasion which is being celebrated. Instead of purchasing manufactured musical cards from the store, you can design your own inexpensively. Homemade musical greeting cards allow you to match a song to a personalise message that's sure to impress the recipient.
Purchase cardstock in a colour related to your theme. For instance, when making a Christmas card, consider using red or green paper as your background colour for the card.
Open Microsoft Word on your computer to create your greeting card. In Word 2003, go to "File" then "Page Setup." In Word 2007, go to "Page Layout" on the tool bar and select "Page Setup."
Change the page orientation to "Landscape" on the "Margins" tab. Choose "2 Pages Per Sheet." Select "Whole Document" and click "OK." Press "Ctrl" then "Enter" to go to a second page in the document. This portion of the document is where your message appears inside the card. The first page of the document is the inner left-hand side of the card which is normally left blank.
Type your greeting on the second page. Use personal messages, poetry, phrases or standard sayings like "Merry Christmas," "Happy Birthday" or "I Love You." Select the colour palette to change your font colour. Use the text tool to change the size and font style of your message.
Go to the fourth and last page of the document. This is the cover of your greeting card. Insert clip art and personal photos you'd like to see on the front of the card. Most software comes with several preloaded clip art images. Choose from cakes, party hats and balloons if you are creating birthday card.
Add lines and borders around your card using the line and shapes tools. Get creative. Borders can be different shapes, sizes and thicknesses. You can even select borders that correspond to your theme, such as Christmas trees or hearts for Valentine's day. Pick a colour that complements the background and images.
Insert a sheet of cardstock into your printer. Click "Print." from the toolbar. Select pages 1-2 to print first. Once printed, flip the paper over and print pages 3-4. Fold your greeting card.
Purchase a music button from a craft store or online retailer. Determine where you would like to place the music button on your greeting card. You can place it on the inside or backside of the card. Use double-sided tape to secure the music button to the card.
Hide the music button by adding a printed image or a personal picture over the button with glue.
Write "Press Here" and draw an arrow pointing to the music button to instruct the recipient to push the button when he or she opens the card.
- "1,000 Homemade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence"; Laura McFadden; 2008
- Dummies: Create Greeting Cards in Microsoft Word 2003
- Don't forget to sign your greeting card in your own handwriting.
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