Creating A Handmade Card For Rakhi 2011

Put a touch of personality in your card the next time you need to send a personalised greeting card by making it yourself. Handcrafting your own unique cards is easy and fun. The only limit is your imagination.

Before you make the card, think about who will be receiving it. Develop a theme. personalised greetings cards Do they like flowers? Or, are beaches more their taste? What is their favorite color? What is important to them? Are they sophisticated or more on the rugged side? Always think about the person that will be reciveng the card at the end when designing it. This will give the card that personal touch that will make it a cherished keepsake.

Making your own card does not require a lot of expensive supplies. For a basic homemade card, all you need is paper, cutter, glue and some colored pencils. For more elaborate cards, you may want to buy more detailed materials. Scrapbooking supplies work great for handmade greeting cards.

Once you have what you will need to make the card, the creativity begins. A simple picture drawn with colored pencils can add a personal touch. Or, for a more elaborate graphic, use a rubber stamp with an appropriate picture. You can try colouring in the various stamped pictures and use differnet tyoes of mettalic paint pencils for added variety. You can also opt to use fabric or material to make cut out shapes as well. You can add all sorts of extras like stickers buttons, lace, sequins etc. for that extra special finsh to a great looking personalised greeting card. This will give it that truly "one of a kind" look."

Experiment with a few different styles and techniques to see what works best for you before investing too much money in more supplies. Find a friend who makes their own cards or scrapbooks and ask to borrow some of their supplies to try them out. This will give you a good idea of what you want to purchase in the future. A custom made stamp with the words "Made especially for you by..." will add your own unique branding the card.

Not only do you get joy out of making these unique cards, your recipients will love getting them, too. Knowing that someone took the time and effort to make them a card with their unique tastes in mid will be very special. Chances are a handmade card won't go in the trash after a couple days. Instead, it may be put in a keepsake box to enjoy for years to come.

A few kinds of easy to make cards you might consider are:

Collage Card: These can be made with anything that is meaningful to the recipient, such as movie stubs, photos, or travel brochures.

Vintage Photo Card: Print a favorite picture in black and white. Add a caption or small embellishment for a classic-looking card

Window Card: Make a two layered card and cut a shape out of the top layer. Add a photo, embellishment or text personalised greeting to the bottom layer for a personal touch.

Don't wait for a special occasion to send these distinctive cards. Surprise someone you care about by sending them a card "Just Because."

So, the next time you are faced with sending a greeting card to someone, stop yourself before you head to the nearest store. Instead, make the card yourself. Create a card that is as unique as the recipient. And when they ask you, "Did you make this yourself?" You can smile with pride and "Yes, I did!"