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Make unique photo greeting cards!

Updated on April 25, 2014

How I turned a cute photo into a Greeting Card for Halloween!

A few years ago I made the cutest handmade "lift the flap" for my family. Everyone loved them so much, I have decided to share how I made these clever (even if I say so myself) greeting cards! The step-by-step photos below will help you make these unique homemake cards for every season that you want.

Wouldn't your kids or spouse, for that matter, look so cute as an angel for Christmas, an Easter bunny or a Valentine cupid?

Supplies You Will Need For This Handmade Greeting Card:

1. Photos of you children or family members. Ours were taken at the zoo when the Halloween Decorations were up.

2. Purchased Halloween (or other holiday) stickers with faces and masks, etc....

3. Copy machine with the capability to enlarge or reduce

4. Photo paper, card stock, etc...

5. Clear tape and, perhaps, a glue stick.

6. Scissors and box cutter or exacto knife.

All photos belong to me, Mickie_G. Ask before using.

How to make a lift the flap Greeting Card:

A Paper Craft Your Entire Family Will Love!

After you find the photos and the stickers (or illustrations) you want to use, I advise you to make copies of them.

I made copies of the "mask" stickers because I am cheap and think I might use them later. I can also control the size of the "masks" so I can make them fit a variety of sizes. If I want to make a card that is larger, I just enlarge the photo and print it. Same goes for the stickers.

You can print the "masks" on photo paper or card stock. It is up to you and your budget. Sometimes I just like to use what I have on hand.

If you decide to use the original sticker, be sure to put it on another piece of paper so you can have a "tab" at the top. (See the instructions below to understand what I am talking about.)

Be sure to have some card stock or heavy paper to mount your finished picture.

If you are going to mail the card, it is a good idea to have the envelopes already on hand. Be sure to cut the card stock to fit the envelope before you mount the finished "lift-the-flap" card.

Rub on Lettering for your greetings:

I am NOT an artist and I find it challenging to create lettering for handmade cards. I was so surprised to find out how easy it was to use "rub-on" lettering. I think you will love these products so your cards will be the best they can be.

Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions for this Unique Handmade Card: - (Click on each photo to enlarge it and read the instructions for the greeting card)

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Carefully cut a slit above the head of the person. Be sure to put cardboard or a cutting mat under the photo.I made a copy of the stickers of Halloween faces. I found one that was a good size that would cover the face of my grandson. Then I cut it out, leaving a "tab" at the top of the mask.Another view of me cutting the mask out.See the tab I left at the top of the mask.I insert the tab into the slit I cut in the photo above Coopy's head.The back of the photo with the tab showing thru. Apply the clear tape over the tab.Voila--a little monster!Lift the tab to see the cute kid's face under the mask.
Carefully cut a slit above the head of the person. Be sure to put cardboard or a cutting mat under the photo.
Carefully cut a slit above the head of the person. Be sure to put cardboard or a cutting mat under the photo.
I made a copy of the stickers of Halloween faces. I found one that was a good size that would cover the face of my grandson. Then I cut it out, leaving a "tab" at the top of the mask.
I made a copy of the stickers of Halloween faces. I found one that was a good size that would cover the face of my grandson. Then I cut it out, leaving a "tab" at the top of the mask.
Another view of me cutting the mask out.
Another view of me cutting the mask out.
See the tab I left at the top of the mask.
See the tab I left at the top of the mask.
I insert the tab into the slit I cut in the photo above Coopy's head.
I insert the tab into the slit I cut in the photo above Coopy's head.
The back of the photo with the tab showing thru. Apply the clear tape over the tab.
The back of the photo with the tab showing thru. Apply the clear tape over the tab.
Voila--a little monster!
Voila--a little monster!
Lift the tab to see the cute kid's face under the mask.
Lift the tab to see the cute kid's face under the mask.

These Stickers would be perfect for a handmade Halloween greeting card project:

A Halloween card is really so much fun to make. The kids get a kick out of lifting the monster mask to find their own cute face underneath!

Teacher Created Resources Halloween Stickers from Susan Winget, Multi Color (5729)
Teacher Created Resources Halloween Stickers from Susan Winget, Multi Color (5729)

The jack-o-lanterns make good "masks" for the lift the flap greeting card.

 
Jolee's Boutique Themed Simple Stickers, Halloween Pumpkins
Jolee's Boutique Themed Simple Stickers, Halloween Pumpkins

Too cute. Can you imagine a photo of your grandchild appearing under one of these Halloween pumpkins?

 
Carson Dellosa Halloween Prize Pack Stickers (168049)
Carson Dellosa Halloween Prize Pack Stickers (168049)

Stickers are approximately one inch in size. Not a bad size for a handmade greeting card.

 

Christmas Stickers to use for a Holiday Greeting Card:

The bigger the faces on the stickers, the better they are for making handmade greeting cards. I love all of these stickers I found on Amazon.com.

Teacher Created Resources Santa Stickers, Multi Color (1999)
Teacher Created Resources Santa Stickers, Multi Color (1999)

Everyone can be made into a Santa! Use these stickers and have your spouse be the jolly ol' elf revealed.

 
Christmas Snowman Carols - Sticker Sheets (4 count) Party Accessory
Christmas Snowman Carols - Sticker Sheets (4 count) Party Accessory

Great for featuring your family on a hand made greeting card.

 
Santa & Elf Suit // Jolee's
Santa & Elf Suit // Jolee's

Again, what a surprise to feature family members on a homemade greeting card.

 

Face Stickers for a Spring Holiday card: - Think "Easter" or "Mother's Day"

Here is an idea: create a flower garden. When you lift a flower face, there is the picture. Would be cute for Mother's Day, Easter or May Day.

More Photo Greeting Cards I made for Halloween: - (Remember, you click on the small photos to make them larger. Comments are on some.)

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"Lift-the-Flap" scary cards with "rub-on" spooky letters!  I mounted the photos on card stock (a heavy paper) to hide the back of the photo with the taped flap.I used rub on letters to make the captions. These were easy and they look great!BOO!
"Lift-the-Flap" scary cards with "rub-on" spooky letters!  I mounted the photos on card stock (a heavy paper) to hide the back of the photo with the taped flap.
"Lift-the-Flap" scary cards with "rub-on" spooky letters! I mounted the photos on card stock (a heavy paper) to hide the back of the photo with the taped flap.
I used rub on letters to make the captions. These were easy and they look great!
I used rub on letters to make the captions. These were easy and they look great!
BOO!
BOO!

Will you make greeting cards after reading about how I created mine? Why not? It was a breeze!

This craft project will make your creative juices run. Just imagine what wonderful homemade keepsakes these greeting cards would make. I would like to point out that you do not need to buy stickers to make lift the flap faces, just find an image that you think would be appropriate and make copies of it to cut out.

Good luck and have fun creating your home crafted greeting cards featuring photos of your loved ones.

This Greeting Card Project is so easy, even I could do it!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Those cards are delightful and seeing your card making process was entertaining too. One thing I know is you had fun making the cards and making this article. Is Halloween here, yet? One of my favorite celebrations.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      This looks like so much fun. I will have to do this with my boyfriends girls for Christmas. Wonderful idea.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      @pkmcruk: Thank you for the blessing! I love creating cards--especially when my grands are the subject!

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      Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

      Nice, instrictional lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very nice and practical explanation of how to make greeting cards - Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      great!

      very simple to learn,

      here has another article to learn: http://www.imediacreator.com/tutorial-photo/make-h...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very creative!

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Fun ideas for creative cards! Nice lens... great instructions!

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      LindaBee LM 7 years ago

      How creative and so simple.