DIY: The lost art of card making

Who doesn’t love receiving cards? They are a beautiful gesture and can make a person’s day…but they can be expensive! If I do end up buying cards, it’s typically the blank on the inside pack of 10 at TJ Maxx for $4.00. But I’m here today people, to encourage and support you to get out your Elmer’s glue, glitter and sharpie pens and start hand making your cards! This is coming from someone who still scrapbooks. This may not be fun for everyone and you might love wandering the isles in Target for that perfect card – but I think nowadays we don’t do much with our hands but type, scroll, pin and click away, the art of making a card is an escape from technology to cut out scraps from those magazines you have piling up, drawing, doodling and glittering to customize your card for your person. Even if it looks janky, I promise they will love the time and thought you put into it!

Step 1: Gather the essentials: scissors, glue, glitter, magazines, card stock paper…etc. For your actual card, it can be as simple as a piece of white printer paper or some fancy/colored/thick scrapbook paper you’ve had since middle school. Maybe use a brown paper bag, or use a gift bag that has a fun print on it that you’ve been saving to re-use.

Step 2: Weed through magazines and cut out letters to spell out their name or a word that describes them that you want to use on the card. Look for images or words that remind you of them when you’re flipping through magazines or when you’re drawing.

Step 3: Start gluing away however you please! Put polka dots and sprinkle glitter on top, write out their name and then sprinkle glitter on top, cut out a picture of their head and put it on Oprah’s body…etc…etc…oh and don’t forget the back of the card! That’s prime real estate to get creative!

Happy card making to you!


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