Digital Card Making Software
Hallmark Card Studio
With this programme, you can create stunning cards and other projects including invitations, labels, certificates, note cards, photo frames, stationery, stickers, gift tags, postcards, scrapbook pages and much, much more. The cd rom contains more than 11,000 images, over 5000 sentiments and over 6,000 ready made cards with hallmark images. The current version is 2011 and is so easy to use. Once installed, select the occasion i.e. birthday, easter, thank you etc, personalise, choose sentiment or make up your own and print - it's so simple to do. If you prefer, you can add a photo or image of your own. Envelopes can be printed with the click of a button. Another feature of this which I love is a built in events calendar which means that you need never miss another special date again. I have received lots of compliments on the personalised cards sent to family and my friends. If you are a card maker and want to be able to produce quality cards that can be personalised, then this programme is worth checking out. Retails at around £20 or $30. For further information, visit their website - www.hallmarksoftware.com
This is another great programme which is so easy to use. It has many built in designs and pictures to choose from, or you can use your own images, designs and photos. Print Artist enables you to make and design your own greetings cards, bookmarks, boxes, stickers, calendars, door hangers, photo frames, gift tags, invitations, labels, trading cards, napkin rings, business cards stationery and much more besides. The current version is 23 and details can be found on their website - www.printartist.com. It comes in either "gold" or "platinum" edition and has many features, i.e.
- over 15,000 professional templates
- over 275,000 graphics/images
- over 700 fonts
- built in photo editor
- over 25,000 professional templates
- over 375,000 graphics/images
- over 1,000 fonts
- built in photo editor
The current version (23) retails at around £20 for gold and £30 for platinum. (Around $29.95 and $49.95 respectively)
My Craft Studio
This is a graphics software which has been designed by crafters for crafters. It allows you to make your own greetings cards using the pre-loaded images or your own images or photos. I made my own beautiful wedding imitations using this software and printed onto some embossed cream coloured card for a truly professional look. You can add text, shapes, or borders with a simple click of a button. It works by dragging and dropping images onto the screen and has an overlay feature. Layers can be added or printed off to make wonderful decoupage cards. A lot of professional card makers use this software as it gives you scope to play around with images until you get the design that you are happy with. It is advertised and a regular feature on "Create and Craft TV". There is a wide range of My Craft Studio CD-Roms featuring many different themes. More details can be found on their website www.mycraftstudio.com Prices vary and can be bought for around £10 upwards depending on which CD-Rom you choose. ($10+)
Card making is a great hobby to take up. Kids love crafts too so it's good to get them involved - they could make cards for their friends, or even make their own party or sleepover invitations. It relieves boredom when the weather isn't kind, which in the UK is most of the time!
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