I prefer making cards for people rather than buying them. Be it for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or other special occasions, a handmade card is always so much nicer.
This photo card is very easy to make and does not require much skill in drawing or cutting. 😉 And, if you want, you can insert a flat gift (tickets, money, vouchers etc.)
This is what you’ll need …
- Two developed photos
- Colored card stock paper (color should fit photos)
- Cutting mat
- Metal ruler
- Cutter knife
- Bone folder
- Photo tapes
Choose nice photos that fit the occasion, pictures of you and the other person, or make a collage or a personalized gift voucher.
The important thing is to make sure that both pictures have the same size so it will look symmetrical. I mostly go for 10×15 cm photo prints. But of course you can go for whatever size that you want the card to be.
The Card Stock
Place the pictures on the card stock like this.
Make sure they have the same borders. Measure the size you want the finished card to have and cut the card stock to size.
To make the card fold neatly and easily, mark the exact middle of the card with two little dents on each side. Use the metal ruler and run the bone folder over the card stock twice to make an indented line.
Fold the card along this line.
Please don’t think you can fold the card without a bone folder. If you fold this thicker card stock without an indented line, the crease will be uneven and look crappy.
Before I discovered bookbinding and hence discovered the existence of bone folders, I used scissors for this purpose. It works, but you always have to be very careful and the result is still not half as good.
Glue on Pictures
Using the photo tape or something similar, glue the photo onto the card.
A Place For The Gift (Optional)
If you’re giving something flat and light—like tickets, money, vouchers—there is a quick and easy way to add a small pocket for it inside the card:
1) You can use a piece of the card stock that you cut away when cutting the card to size.
2) Using the metal ruler and cutter knife, cut off a small corner with a width of at least 1/3 of the card.
3) Using photo tapes, secure this little pocket in the corner of your card. (Note: On this picture, I traced around the pocket with a different color so you could see it better. It is very hard to see when both the pocket and the card are made from the same card stock.) But of course remember to only glue on the left side and on the bottom so you can shove stuff in there. How big you want this little gift pocket to be depends on what you’d like to put in there.
Now, all you need is the gift and your personal message and you’re ready to go… 🙂
A very quick and easy-to-make but also personal and handmade gift card. The degree of personalization lies in the photos. You can use single pictures or create an elaborate collage (requiers a good picture editing software) with images and text …