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How to Create a Greeting Card Using Word

Updated on September 9, 2012

Using the columns function in Microsoft Word will allow you to make new types of documents. With two columns you can make greeting cards. No special software other than Microsoft Word is needed. The instructions are easy. Below are the items you need to start working on your card project.

Computer running Windows

Microsoft Word, versions 2003 or older. These instructions can be used for Microsoft Word, versions 2007 or older but the menu locations will be different and are not described in this article. You can still use the ideas here to get the results you need to make a greeting card.

Run Microsoft Word. In the Main Menu, click on File, and select Page Setup. See Fig 1.

In the Page Setup window, click on the Paper Size tab, and select Landscape for the orientation. Don’t hit OK yet. See Fig 2.To maximize the space for adding information, click on the Margins tab. Enter 0.5 for the left and right margins to create half inch margins on the left and right side. See Fig 3.

In the Main Menu, click on Format, and select Columns.

Select Two Columns. Notice how the ruler margins split. A greeting card example will demonstrate the use of two columns.

To go to the right side, hit the return key until you are taken to the second column.

When you are at the second column, type in text and other objects if desired. In this example, a clipart and a box drawing (with no fill) was added around the text. This will be the inside of a greeting card. See Fig 6.

Save your work. For example, call the file "greeting card2" since this is the inside of the greeting card.

Create a new document and repeat all the step for making another 2 column document.

On the second column of the new document, enter text and other objects for the front of the greeting card. See Fig 7.

Now you can print the two documents separately to assemble the card.

As an alternate way to assemble card, print one document in heavy bonded or light cardboard on one side. Later, use the same paper and re-insert the paper so that the printing can be done on the reverse side.

For a professional look, use a glossy photo paper to print the card on. If you use an ink jet printer, set the color on the highest quality. Using a laser printer will be even better. Things may not always work the first time. Before you print a final version, test your work in low quality settings and with regular paper. Do any final editing on the card and make any necessary adjustments on the printer. Once you are satisfied with all the tweaks, print out the final copy.

Additional resources can be found in the following links.

You can go to the Microsoft Office website and do a search for greeting cards. Here you can find many greeting card templates that you can use as is or customize.This comment has been flagged.

You can find additional help using social networking with the following:

Fig 1.  Page Setup.
Fig 1. Page Setup. | Source
Fig 2.  Selecting Landscape View.
Fig 2. Selecting Landscape View. | Source
Fig 3.  Changing the Margins.
Fig 3. Changing the Margins. | Source
Fig 4.  Selecting Columns.
Fig 4. Selecting Columns. | Source
Fig 5.  Selecting 2 Columns.
Fig 5. Selecting 2 Columns. | Source
Fig 6.  Inside the 2nd Column.
Fig 6. Inside the 2nd Column. | Source
Fig 7.  Front of Greeting Card.
Fig 7. Front of Greeting Card. | Source


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