How to Make Your Own Holiday Printable Cards

Making your own holiday printable greeting cards are a great way to be creative, customize your messages and spend time with your kids and family over the holidays.

With the age of the internet and online e-cards being the norm, mailing or handing out a greeting card is a great way to brighten a special occasion or a holiday and make someone’s day. Personalizing the card rather than going for a generic card makes it even more memorable for the receiver. You can easily print your own greeting cards at home. Nowadays most desktops and laptops come with in-built software or CD’s that can be used to make your own greeting cards at home.

Whether you’re a novice or a savvy software user here are some ready-to-follow instructions to create your own holiday printable cards that will be treasured for a long time to come:

Decide on your printer software. The first step is to choose the printer software you are most comfortable with to design your card. You can use an in-built program that came with your PC like “Paint” or for fancier customizations go for a graphic program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also simply create a card using a word processing program like Microsoft Word.  Another great way to make your card is to head to the internet and find a site that helps you design and make cards that you can print from your home printer.

Here are two links we’ve found to get you started:

Choose your printer paper, toner and ink. Check your printer manual and see what kind of paper it will accept. Depending on if you have an inkjet or a laser printer you can choose between various card stocks, thicknesses and even use photo paper to make a photo card. Also consider paper colour based on your card’s theme. You might find some good deals in your local office supply store for printer paper or even holiday themed printer paper. For getting great deals on ink and toner so you get the most value for your dollar, buy compatible or remanufactured ink or toner from your local, reliable supplier.

Start designing your card. It’s a good idea to make a sketch on a rough piece of paper before you head over to your computer if you’re manually designing your card.  This will help you understand how your card folds and where to print what. No matter what software or program you use you can add clipart, pictures, text, borders and more. When you start printing you’ll realize that you may have to print one side and turn the paper over and print the next side.

If you want to do it the old fashioned way, you can start with picking up some arts & crafts at our website.  There’s nothing more rewarding than to see your hard work on print! And remember to have fun as you go.