How Do You Make Handmade Greeting Cards?

How Do You Make Handmade Greeting Cards?

How Do You Make Handmade Greeting Cards?

To make handmade greeting cards, use large scraps of wallpaper and find complementary envelopes. Using a pencil, trace a rectangle on the reverse side of the scraps that is twice the size of the envelopes, minus 1/8 inch around the border. Cut the paper, fold it in half, and flatten it with a heavy book overnight if the paper curls.

Another way to create handmade greeting cards is to use the potato stamping method. Use larger potatoes and miniature cookie cutters to create a stamp. Cut the potatoes in half widthwise and press the flat end over the cookie cutter as it lays flat on an even surface. Press the cookie cutter about 1/2 inch deep and then use a knife to cut away the excess potato around the shape. Remove the cookie cutter.

When working with paper, use pigment-and-dye ink. If working with woven material, use dye-based ink. Always wipe the surface of the potato to remove excess moisture before pressing it into the ink. When using paper for the card, use a piece of felt or a towel under the paper to cushion the surface before stamping the potato on the card. Use multiple potato stamps and various ink colors for a unique design. Add water to the ink for a watercolor effect.