How To Make Greeting Cards For Anyone

How To Make Greeting Cards For Anyone

Five Simple To Make Greeting Cards

Today I would like to give you a tutorial for making greeting cards for anyone. I will make five different greeting cards and hope that you will enjoy my tutorial. All of the cards that are made for this tutorial are size A2. There is a card dimensions scale listed below. One thing that is not optional when I make my greeting cards. Every card includes love. That’s optional for your cards. LOL

Intro To My Card Making

I have been making greeting cards for more than 20 years. My greeting card making began when my daughter asked me to make a greeting card for her 3rd grade teacher. Her teacher was so impressed by my card making skills that she could hardly talk of anything else when I went to my parent-teacher conference. I was quite surprised because this was my first attempt at making cards. She made me feel so good about my card making that it encouraged me to continue with the craft. When I discovered how much I enjoyed making cards it quickly became a hobby!

I have always been into crafting for as far back as I can remember. I did ceramics, crocheting, painting, drawing and many other crafts, but card making is what I fell in love with. Literally I became obsessed with card making. Staying up late at night, until two or three o’clock in the morning, knowing that I had to be a work each morning at 8:00 a.m. That made no difference to me, I was up until early in the morning during the week nights and hardly even slept at all during the weekend. Sometimes looking like I was doing only God knows what because of my late nights. Looking rough a work some days.

When making greeting cards there are no limits to the options of types of cards that you can make. Your cards can be any size, color or way you want it to be. Sentiments and accessories are endless.

That was the beginning of my probably lifelong hobby. If you have a new hobby and are obsessed with it, I get it!

Supplies Needed To These Make Cards

You will need:

  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Base card stock paper
  • Layering card stock paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Adhesive
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Markers, color pencils or crayons
  • Rubber or clear stamps
  • Accessories
  • Ruler

Scissors or Paper Trimmer – You can use any scissors that you have on hand. If you decide to continue making cards that you would get a good pair of scissors that you use for crafting only.

Card stock Paper – Paper has different weights. Base card stock is 110lb-100lb weight, Layering card stock is 65lb. I would not suggest using construction paper or regular writing paper to make a greeting card.

Decorative Paper – Decorative paper can also be card stock. This can be any decorative paper that you have on hand or that you have purchased from your local craft store or anywhere you find paper that you like. I have found beautiful paper at the Dollar Tree.

Adhesive – There are all types of adhesives that can be used for your card making. Just a few suggestions are glue, blue stick or tape runner. It is all about what you have on hand or what you prefer.

Stickers – These are optional. If you have a certain type of card in mind that you are making you can pick up stickers if you like.

Markers, Color Pencils or Crayons – Again your choice. You may want to draw an image on your card or decorate your card with markers, color pencils or crayons.

Accessories – Ribbon, twine, bling, glitter, buttons or anything that you would like.

So many options to choose from…….it’s a beautiful thang!

Card Dimensions in Inches

  • Large Square 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ Envelope Size 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Medium Square 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ 5″ x 5″
  • Small Square 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Standard (A9) 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ 8 3/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Regular (A7) 7″ x 5″ 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Medium Regular (A6) 6 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ 6 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Small regular (A2) 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ 5 3/4″ x 4 3/8″
  • Tall 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ 8 3/8″ x 4 3/8″

I am giving you the card dimensions because when I first started I had no idea of the sizes. I found out the dimensions when I had to purchase the envelopes for my first card. At the time I did not purchase a package of blank cards with envelopes that they sell at the local craft store. Oh no, not me……. I went in and did everything from scratch! With me it is always the hard way, but each time I learn the hard way it has become a permanent lesson learned.

Today I am teaching you to make your cards the hard way. LOL

The first thing you do is to cut your base card stock, I am using white. The original dimensions 8 1/2″ x 11″.

I cut some card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. This piece of card stock will be folded length wise with the card folding down. This will give you a top fold card.

For the other piece of card stock I cut the card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. This piece of card stock will be folded cross wise and will give you a side fold card.

Then I used some scrap piece of layering card stock which I cut into 4″ x 5 1/4″ pieces

Have a Wonderful Birthday Card

These are supplies that I used to make my Have a Wonderful Birthday card.

  • Base card stock top fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Layering weight card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tape Runner
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Birhday Party Clear Stamps
  • Black Jelly Roll Pen

To assemble my card:

I stamped my images onto the layering card stock. Using the banner, balloons, stars and Have A Wonderful Birthday stamps. To assemble the card I used the tape runner to glue the tangerine, pink, beige and taupe colored paper to the base card stock. Then I glued the adhesive gems into each corner they matched my card background excellently. This is a top fold card.

This is my finished Birthday Card.

Welcome Baby Card

These are supplies that I used to make my Welcome Baby card.

  • Base card stock top fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Layering weight card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Tape Runner
  • Puff Stickers
  • Bling (adhesive)

To assemble my card:

I used my glue runner to tape my layering weight pink, yellow, blue, green and white paper to the base card stock. I then placed my puff stickers where I thought the looked best. Then I went around the edges of the layering card stock and placed my adhesive bling. This is a side fold card.

This is my finished Welcome Baby card.

Thank You Card

These are supplies that I used to make my Thank You card.

  • Base card stock top fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Layering weight card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tape Runner
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Thank You stamp
  • Border stamp

To assemble my card:

I used my stamps on acrylic blocks to stamp my images onto my gold and white layering weight card stock. I stamped two diagonal corners with my decorative stamp and found the middle of my card to stamp my thank you sentiment. Once I allow my ink to dry I taped the layering weight paper to the base card stock. Carefully gluing the white flowers, 3 on the bottom of the card and one flower at the top of the card. Then accenting the flowers with the gold adhesive gems. This is a side fold card.

This is my finished Thank You card.

With Love & Prayers Card

These are the supplies that I used to make my With Love & Prayers card.

  • Base card stock top fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Layering weight card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tape Runner
  • Adhesive Gems
  • With Love & Prayers stamp

To assemble my card:

I used my stamps on acrylic blocks to stamp my images onto my red with lighter red polka dot layering card stock. Then gluing my layering weight card stock to my base card stock. Accessories of small adhesive gems were placed randomly in the tree. This is a top fold card.

This is my finished With Love & Prayers card.

Lifting You Up Card

These are the supplies that I used to make my Lifting You Up card.

  • Base card stock top fold 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Layering weight card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tape Runner
  • Lifting you up stamps (from Gina K. Designs) Praying lady, cross and butterflies

To assemble my card:

I used my stamps on acrylic blocks to stamp my images onto my light green and mint with white stars layering card stock. Then gluing my layering weight card stock to my base card stock with my glue runner. Finishing it off with a purple heart adhesive gem into the center of the cross.

This is my finished Lifting You Up card.

Conclusion

These are five simple greeting cards to make and I hope that you think that they are beautiful, I do. Making greeting cards is my passion. I hope that you have enjoyed this little tutorial and that it will encourage you make a greeting card for someone special in your life. There are so many options that you have when making cards. You are only limited by your own imagination. For more inspiration visit:  https://cricut.com

Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.

I welcome any questions you may have.

Blessings~

Brenda G Ellison

10 thoughts on “How To Make Greeting Cards For Anyone”

  1. Hi Brenda,
    Wow, you’re right, you certainly do have a special talent for creating beautiful greeting cards and I’m so glad that you are sharing your secrets to success with us! I love doing arts and crafts and I’ve made a few greeting cards myself for close friends, but they did not look as professional as yours.
    Anyway, I would rather make my cards form scratch like you do, instead of buying blank cards and envelopes. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, creativity, and strategies! Your finished cards are awesome!
    Sue

    • Thank you Sue,

      I appreciate your comments. Since I have been making cards for so long I have quite a few supplies. I have gathered them over the years and it seems like I am out growing my space to craft. I hope to have a craft room in about 6-8 months. That is a goal for me.

      I am glad that you like my post. Again I appreciate you very much.

      Now I have to find an affiliate to join. Yikes!!!!

      Blessings~
      Brenda

  2. Very good post, Plenty of content. Lots of images. I would work on adding inbound and outbound links. I would also consider affiliate links. your readers don’t have anything to buy from you. I also did not see a landing page or a sign up page for traffic flow. Those things will help you with growing more conversions.

    • Thank you Brian.

      I really do appreciate you and your feedback, but I don’t know anything about inbound and outbound links. I am so new to this, Please advise? I have just finished signing up for affiliate pages about an hour ago, not quite set up yet. Where can I find the affiliate link for WA? I don’t know what a landing page or a sign up page is, Please advise?

      Blessings~
      Brenda

  3. Hi Brenda – How creative you are with this craft! Your cards are beautiful – I see why your daughters teacher was impressed (I am as well) – keep spreading the joy – All the Best!
    Betsy

  4. Hi Brenda,

    Your greeting cards look lovely. Thank you for sharing your talents. I have a friend who likes to make crafts. I’ll forward this site to her. =)

    Shanae

    • Hey Shanae,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback. Can you tell me that when you open up my site if you see any images? And do the product images show up when you click on shop? I only see big boxes with mountains or something in them.

      Please forward to your friend who does crafts. I am far from finished.

  5. To think you came about it accidentally, the pictures clearly show your bountiful talent. Thank you for sharing the materials used and your personal experience. My wife and I often struggle when looking for a card that fits a specific occasion or achievement and matches the personality of the individual we wish to give it to. With the help of this article, we might get to make the cards ourselves.

    • Hi Anthony,

      Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.

      A personal handmade greeting card is appreciated my most. It is very simple to make a custom-personalized handmade card. When someone get’s a card with their name on it, that is really special.

      Blessings~
      Bremda

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