Picture collages and social media shout-outs might be pretty cool, but nothing beats an old-school greeting card. The two best things about a homemade greeting card are that it can be personalized especially for the recipient’s interests and nobody else will buy the same one. It’s a great way to show your loved one how much you know and care about them. Here are some homemade greeting card ideas to inspire you, plus an easy tutorial on how to make one.
Before you start, keep these tips in mind…The great thing about a homemade card is that you have total creative freedom. You can make your card look like whatever you want. But keep these little tips in mind if you want to ensure your card makes the best visual impact:
- Pick a color scheme and stick to it. Don’t overload your greeting card with competing color schemes. Color is great and all, but if there’s too much, it’ll overwhelm your card’s design. Only using a few well-chosen colors will allow your design to do the talking.
- Put the sentiment in a visible area. This goes without saying, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to fill up the card’s front and end up sticking your sentiment in some obscure area. Put the sentiment where it can be easily seen and it’ll make all the difference.
- Use white space. Don’t be afraid to utilize white space - it helps to enhance your design.
- Use no more than three fonts. Like with color, don’t overwhelm your card with fonts. It’ll look messy and confusing. If you have to use more than one font, try and alternate between them so it looks symmetrical, or use them to emphasize a word.
- Plan your card’s design before you start. Planning helps you to organize your thoughts more clearly and logically. Think about practicing or sketching them out in pencil beforehand. This reduces the chance of errors and ensures you’ll get your card right first time.
Now, are you ready for some of our favorite homemade greeting card ideas? Let’s go...
Card with 3D elements
Give your card an extra edge by adding some 3D elements. Juliana Michaels (see her Instagram here) created a funky pizza-inspired Valentine’s Day card. But rather than just leaving the pizza and heart graphics flat on the page (although that would’ve still been cute), she colored in clear stamps and had them feature as 3D elements.
Take notes from Juliana by buying some clear stamps and coloring them in, or drawing your own graphics. And don’t forget to add a witty sentiment in a cool typeface. See how Juliana used two fonts but she used one to emphasize the word “pizza”?
Who says a greeting card has to be one sheet of card with a picture on it? Take notes from Jennifer Timko (Instagram here) and create a layered greeting card. You could just color in the yellow bars by hand, but if you cut them out instead, it would make a much better impact.
Do this by choosing cardstock with different colored sheets on both sides. Mark where you’ll be cutting the slats in pencil. Then, carefully cut them out. The different colored card on the inside (yellow, in Jennifer’s case) will peek out attractively from behind the cutouts. You can then draw and color in your card design on the front.
Mixed media card
Give your greeting card a mixed media edge by using a variety of different materials to create the design. Tracy McLennon (Instagram here) created a lovely watercolor background, stuck some netting-type material down and then fastened a butterfly motif on top. The end result? A very striking butterfly card.
You don’t have to use paints to create the watercolor background that Tracy made. You could use scrunched up tissue paper and blot it. You could even use marker pens to shade in a pretty background. Then, you can color in your motif with marker pens.
Because this card design is a little more intricate and looks “busier” than the other designs, notice how Tracy put her sentiment on a light background? Be sure to do the same so your sentiment is still easily readable.
For an even more intricate and striking design, you can use foil presses. Our very own Cathy Andronicou (Instagram here) used a Go Press and Foil Machine to create her stunning foil rose card. She then colored in the rose with marker pens (Chameleon Pens, to be precise) and used a stamp for the sentiment.
Check out her tutorial video:
You could show off your awesome coloring skills with a geometric card design like StineLeming Christensen. Stine (check out her Instagram here) drew triangles of different sizes within a rectangle border. She then used Chameleon Pens to color in some stunning tonal gradients.
The great thing about this card is how simple the design is, yet the seamless tonal gradients add a beautiful edge. That’s the wonderful work of Chameleon Pens - the product with a unique Mixing Chamber that allows you to access multiple color tones with just a single pen. A few seconds in this Mixing Chamber and you can easily create smooth tonal blends.
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Homemade greeting cards are beautiful, creative and unique. In fact, they’re a great gift all by themselves! Chameleon Pens can help your card design look even more striking due to the revolutionary Mixing Chamber. Our Techniques Guide, which is the ultimate how-to on the different ways to use these pens, can help you master your penmanship.