Inexpensive Alternatives to Store-Bought Greeting Cards

Happy Birthday, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Grandparents’ Day, Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, Hanukkah, New Year, Easter; Merry Christmas; Get Well; In Sympathy for the Loss of Your Loss of Parent, Child, Pet, Marriage; Get Well Soon; Thank You for Your Gift, Hospitality, Help; I Love You; I Miss You; I Just Want To Say Hello – and the list of greeting card occasions and sentiments goes on.

The cost of staying in touch can add up, as can the piles of cards you receive from your friends and family. Most cards get thrown out soon after they’re received, so why not consider alternative ways to celebrate and commemorate those occasions that traditionally r


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6 Responses to Inexpensive Alternatives to Store-Bought Greeting Cards

  1. With the scrapbooking craze, it is incredibly easy to get creative making cards. Two additional tips:

    1. Embellishments are the difference between a ho hum and wowza message. How about trying?

    (a) Punch a couple holes in the card spine and tie a piece of ribbon as ‘binding’.

    (b) Glue on little faux rhinestones, sequins or buttons (wouldn’t they make great Christmas Tree ornaments?)

    (c) Make a collage of torn pieces of other used cards or bits of wrapping paper for the front of a new card.

    2. Make a matching envelope from the same cardstock as your handmade card for a beautiful professional looking finish. Contact me for a free template if your home publishing computer doesn’t have one.

  2. Julie says:

    I buy my cards at the dollar store and only spend 50 cents each.

  3. Bj says:

    Letting the children make or help with the card creation is both rewarding for them and the reciever of card. They know it was make with love and feeling.

  4. Kristina says:

    Microsoft Word has some easy templates for making lots of cards. just type card templates in the help menue, lots come up. select the one you want, type in a message and voila, instant card. i use them at work all the time.

  5. Teri Newton says:

    I love the idea of sending $2 in an envelope – LOVE it.

    We are pretty anti-card around here and I don’t really like the idea environmentally. For the kids in the family I am going to have to start sending $2 to them electronically or something to make the point- hehe.

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