Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Halloween Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Halloween cards are so much fun to make. Maybe you’re not used to giving out cards for Halloween, but you will be after this easy tutorial!

This project is one of a series of 5-step greeting cards that I have posted about. I have two tutorials for greeting cards here and here, as well as a tutorial for a birthday card here.

Follow along as I show you how to make a simple Halloween card in 5 easy steps!

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Materials:

  • blank greeting card with envelope (links to white cards but I used an orange one – you could always glue a piece of orange paper to the front to achieve the same look)
  • glue  (as usual, I used Elmer’s)
  • washi tape or scrapbook paper in a Halloween pattern/color scheme
  • stamp of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object
  • black inkpad
  • scrap of white paper (I used an envelope!)

The best thing about this project is that it will not cost you a lot of money. Blank cards are cheap when bought in a pack and so is scrapbook paper. The stamp and inkpad will probably be more expensive, but they can be reused many, many times.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Stamp the image of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object onto a piece of white paper 3 times.

2. Trim the paper with the stamped images so that there is a small border. It should look something like this:

3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the paper above OR do what I did and cover a piece of paper with washi tape. It didn’t quite line up right, but it didn’t matter.

4. Glue the paper with the stamped images onto the piece of scrapbook paper/washi tape-covered paper, like so:

5. Glue the piece you made in step 4 onto the front of the card, and you’re done! As an optional last step, you could write something like “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat,” but I felt like this was an obvious enough Halloween card as it is!

Final Thoughts:

I hope you liked this easy Halloween card! I want to make loads more of them and give them out to all my friends because it will only take me 10 minutes (or less) to recreate. Not bad!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media.

See you next Friday (I know this was a day late) for yet another Halloween post!

Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Greeting Card in 5 Easy Steps! Pt. 2

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Today I’m going to show you how to make yet another greeting card in only 5 steps. (The first in this series can be found here.)

The finished product will look something like this:

I love how bright and colorful it is, and it was so easy to make. Read on to learn how I did it!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

5-10 minutes

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Glue (I always just use Elmer’s and it works fine!)
  • Flat paper bow (there are several tutorials online such as this one from Craftsy)
  • Enamel stickers or rhinestone stickers in a coordinating color
  • Washi tape in coordinating colors OR scrapbook paper
  • A blank card (I have some from Michael’s that I use but you can buy simple white cards and envelopes online here)
Washi tape, paper bow, and enamel stickers

Cost:

  • One of the sheets of enamel stickers that I found on Amazon worked out to 11 cents per sticker.
  • The blank cards linked above work out to around 38 cents a piece.
  • Scrapbook paper is around 25 cents per sheet x 3 (for the bow and stripes)

Grand total = $1.24 per card! Not too shabby, really.

This will be more expensive if you use washi tape instead of scrapbook paper.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Add a piece of the wider washi tape along the card, somewhere near the bottom. Alternatively, you can cut a strip of paper and glue it down.

2. Add a piece of the thinner washi tape on top of that, or cut a thinner strip of paper in a different color to glue on top. I ended up moving the orange piece up a little, as you can probably see.

3. Glue down the paper bow. Make sure to center it on the washi tape or paper. It should look something like this:

4. Space out the enamel stickers along the thinner (in this case, blue) washi tape or paper.

5. This step is really optional. I didn’t like how the pattern in the middle of the bow was perpendicular to the pattern on the rest of the bow, so I added a small bit of paper to cover that up, and got the final product!

Final Thoughts:

That wasn’t too hard, was it? 🙂 I can’t wait to post more 5-step design ideas!

If you missed my other two posts, I showed you how to make a different 5 step greeting card here and how to make a 5 step birthday card here.

As always, remember to connect and share on social media, and I’ll see you again Monday!

 

Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Birthday Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

You know, making birthday cards doesn’t have to be stressful.

Last week, I showed you how to make a quick, simple greeting card (in 5 steps!). This week, I’m showing you how to make a quick, easy birthday card with the same number of steps, but a very different look:

I made this pretty card for my sister’s birthday, and she loved it! She especially liked that the balloons had different textures. If I were to make this card again, though, I would probably use different colors rather than different textures to make the balloons a little easier to see.

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

30-60 minutes. It depends how you’re making the balloons and how long it takes to lay out the design.

Materials:

  • Two markers/sharpies OR a stamp/sticker that says “Happy birthday” plus a marker/sharpie
  • Glue – I just use Elmer’s, it works fine for me!
  • A balloon paper punch OR scissors
  • A blank card (I have some from Michael’s that I use but you can buy simple white cards and envelopes online here)

If you want to make a card similar to this one, you’ll need:

  • Gold glitter washi tape (like this)  and a piece of gold foil (like this)

Otherwise (and this is probably cheaper/easier):

  • several sheets of scrapbook paper in different colors

Cost:

This card will cost more to make if you want to use the glitter washi tape, gold foil, and balloon paper punch and you don’t already have those things. For those supplies alone, you might spend fifteen dollars.

If you decide to use various pieces of colored scrapbook paper and scissors instead, it comes out to a little more than a dollar per card (assuming you have the basics of scissors, glue, and markers, and are willing to invest in a pack of blank cards with envelopes) :

  • Blank card: roughly 38 cents apiece if you buy them from the link above
  • Scrapbook paper x3: single sheets of scrapbook paper will only cost you maybe 25 cents ($0.25 x 3 = $0.75)

Grand total = 1 dollar and 13 cents! You could definitely get multiple cards out of the scrapbook paper, too, as you only need a small piece of each.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Use the paper punch to make balloon shapes out of the washi tape/foil or scrapbook paper. My card had 16 balloons total: 7 glittery balloons and 9 shiny foil ones. If you don’t have a paper punch, you can use scissors to cut ovals out of washi tape/foil or scrapbook paper. I actually think it would look better to use several different colors, instead of relying on texture to differentiate between the different balloons.

2. Start to arrange the balloons in a pattern. I had to fiddle with them for a while before they looked close enough together for my liking.

3. Glue the balloons down. Make sure you leave room below to draw strings and include a message.

4. Use a marker to draw strings hanging from the balloons. I added a little bow so that all of the strings would look like they were tied together:

5. Use a marker, stamp, or sticker to write “Happy birthday” or some other message of your choice! You’re all done!

BONUS STEP: I also used the glitter washi tape to decorate the envelope a little!

I just added a bit along the flap. Pretty, right?

Final Thoughts:

I’d really like to try making this card with plain scrapbook paper in a couple of different colors to see how it turns out. (Update: check out the version I made using three different colored papers here.)

Let me know if you’d like to see more card designs, and as always, connect an share on social media!

Be sure to check back Thursday for another pretty little post!

Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Greeting Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Do you want to make a quick, easy, handmade card for someone, but feel intimidated by all the doodads you would have to buy or the techniques you would have to learn? Trust me, I get it. I don’t have the time or money for that either!

Do you know how to use a ruler and a pair of scissors? Do you possibly have nice handwriting or can use a stamp or place a sticker? Then you’ve got what it takes to make this simple greeting card!

(I tried to make it look artsy.)

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

5-10 minutes.

Materials:

  • Marker/sharpie or a stamp/sticker with a message of some kind
  • Glue – Elmer’s is fine!
  • Scissors
  • A blank card (I have some from Michael’s that I use but you can buy simple white cards and envelopes online here)
  • A piece of patterned paper, a little smaller than the front of the card
  • A very small piece of paper in a solid color that coordinates with the patterned paper

Cost:

Less than a dollar per card (assuming you have the basics of scissors, glue, and a marker, and are willing to invest in a pack of blank cards with envelopes) :

  • Blank card: roughly 38 cents apiece if you buy them from the link above
  • Patterned paper: single sheets of scrapbook paper will only cost you maybe 25 cents
  • Solid paper: see above – 25 cents

Grand total = 88 cents! You could even use the patterned paper again to make more cards, if it’s big enough. Same with the solid paper as you only need a very small piece.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. First, you’ll want to measure the patterned piece to fit the card. I like to leave a small border, since I use colored cards and I would like for some of that color to show.

 

2. Cut out the patterned paper and glue to the card. It should now look something like this:

 

3. Next, cut out a strip of the plain coordinating paper (mine was solid green, in this case). I made mine way longer than it needed to be because sometimes I mess up on the handwriting. 😛

 

4. Write (or stamp/print/use a sticker) your message on the strip of paper. It looks better if it’s shorter, although if you wanted to write something longer, you could make the strip stretch across the length of the patterned paper instead.

I had to figure out which color marker I wanted to use:

 

5. Glue the strip with your message onto the patterned paper towards the bottom right, as shown.

Ta-da! Your card is finished!

Here it is from another angle:

Finally, here is another card I did in the same style, just turned a different way!

Final Thoughts:

 I have more card designs that could be done in 5 steps! Let me know if you’re interested in seeing a series that teaches you how to make greeting cards in 5 easy steps. I would post one tutorial a week until I ran out of ideas!

Also, please follow/comment/share on social media if you liked this! I look forward to hearing from you.