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Make unique photo greeting cards!
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)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!
The jack-o-lanterns make good "masks" for the lift the flap greeting card.
Too cute. Can you imagine a photo of your grandchild appearing under one of these Halloween pumpkins?
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.
Everyone can be made into a Santa! Use these stickers and have your spouse be the jolly ol' elf revealed.
Great for featuring your family on a hand made greeting card.
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.)Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.