Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day…so many special occasions call for a card. I know I’ve wasted more time than I care to count scouring the shelves of the greeting card aisle, skimming over one sappy card after another. These manufactured messages can just be so cheesy sometimes. That’s why whenever possible, I like to make personalized greeting cards for my friends and family. A handmade card says so much more than a company-contrived message featuring a cat in a party hat, right? We’ve pulled together some great video tutorials on handmade card making from the paper crafts playlist on our FaveCrafts YouTube channel for your crafting convenience!
Not-So-Sappy Happy Birthday
We’ve all seen the usual suspects in the birthday card section: blue-haired seniors whooping it up; dogs in costumes; glitter-glue-bedazzled birthday cakes. My mom could probably build a spacious two-car garage out of all the martini-glass-fronted cards she’s received over the years. The next time you’re in need of a birthday card, try out this tutorial video. It shows you how to make cute paper flowers for a 3-D effect!
Here are some other great card making techniques that will make your loved ones feel special on their birthday:
How to: Paper Piecing – This video shows you how to create dimensional paper pieces that will really make your cards “pop!” Make cupcakes come alive, create billowing balloons…get creative!
How to Mix Patterned Paper – This tutorial is good for card making or scrapbooking. Learn how to combine prints and patterns for a fun, colorful card that looks almost like gift wrap!
Sweet Notes for Your Sweetheart
Many consider Valentine’s Day to be a phony holiday made up for the sole purpose of selling greeting cards. Stick it to the card companies by making your own V-Day love note! Let your lover know they’re the only one for you with these super sweet handmade card ideas.
How to Make Quick Valentine Cards – If you’re strapped for time, you can make these simple cards in a snap.
Meaningful Mother’s Day
She birthed you, she raised you, she tolerated your angsty teen years–the least you can do is make her a hand-crafted Mother’s Day card to show her you really care. Don’t let some manufactured message tell your mom how you feel about her. This neat video shows you how to make gorgeous Vintage Pressed Flower Cards fit for the loveliest lady in your life.
Here are some other pretty techniques that will make your personalized card look better than store-bought:
Perfect Pearls Techniques: Stamp Lift – Wow! This tutorial shows you how to make cards with beautiful swirls of color.
How to Make Marbleized Paper – Your mom will definitely be hanging this card up on her fridge.
These are just a few of the many handmade card ideas we have on FaveCrafts.com and on our FaveCrafts YouTube Channel. So next time you need a card, ditch the sappy store-bought poem and make your own personalized card using one of these great card making techniques!
How about you: Have you ever received a handmade card? Do you prefer handmade cards to store-bought, or does it not make a difference?