Inspiration Week: Handmade Greeting Cards

Handmade greeting card

I can't believe we're at the end of our Inspiration Week! It's been fun sharing these posts. Today, we're talking about handcrafted cards. I make cards for my church's library gift shop. It's one of the services we provide our members which helps support the library ministry. I enjoy making them. I primarily print my cards on my computer to help me save time but I still use things like stickers, card stock papers, buttons, lace and other little trinkets to give it a handmade look. It's good to give myself a rest from the crocheting and knitting and allows me to think about my art differently.

Here's some images that I found of cards that drew my attention. Let's take a look!

handmade birthday card

I like the background on this birthday card and fonts are fun to play with! A card doesn't have to be complex to be cute. It can be a simple design.

Thinking of you card

Very cute card, love the different roses in the many shades of color and positioned slightly different. Less is sometimes more. Also, inspiration doesn't always come in a full design, sometimes it can be just one element on a card that'll spark a new creation.

Thinking of you greeting card
I love illustrated cards. It's that whimsical look that is so cute and original.

The software program I use is CraftArtist 2 Professional. It's great for creating digital scrapbooks, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. You use it with digikits which are themes that you download and use with the software.

Each digikit is packaged with backgrounds, embellishments, and layouts that you drag and drop into your design. Serif, the maker of CraftArtist, sells digikits for different occasions as well as offering free ones. They also have a YouTube channel that they demonstrate new digikits when they come out.

Here's a few cards I made with CraftArtist 2:

Get well card
Get well card design 2015

Deck the halls greeting card
Christmas card design 2015

Valentine's Day card
Valentine's Day card design 2016

Thank you card
Thank you card

You can also upload photos into CraftArtist to use in cards too. I typically don't because I want to use artwork and illustrations. I really love the vintage look as well so that's sort of my go-to style.

Here's a few paper crafting YouTubers to follow:

Thanks for spending Inspiration Week with me! We'll have to do it again another time :)