How to Prepare a Blank Greeting Card Surface

How to Prepare a Blank Greeting Card Surface

How to Prepare a Blank Greeting Card Surface

Why buy when you can make your own blank greeting cards!

Yes, you heard me right.

If you're like me and don't like to depend on the store's selection, then you can create your own greeting card surfaces.

Of course, if you purchase a set of blank greeting cards, you'll save some time. But, if you want to have a variety of choices when making your cards, then it's time for you to start making your own.

First, you have the freedom to choose what kind of paper surfaces you want for your cards; there are a variety of cardstocks that you can choose from.  From plain white to pastel shades to glitter cardstocks, the choice is endless.

When buying cards ready made, you'll only get to choose from either a set of white blank cards or watercolor blank cards.

Second, you can customize the size and shape of your greeting card surfaces.  You can make cards any size you want, e.g. 5" x 7" or 4" x 6", or you could create a gatefold or easel card.

By doing this, you infuse your creativity to another level and you have endless opportunities to make your own blank cards.

Before you watch my video tutorial, read the three steps, listed below.  They will help you understand how I began making my own blank greeting cards.

For your info, I design all my greeting cards; both my printed art cards and handmade cards, from blank greeting card surfaces that I've prepared in advance.

Step 1:  Choosing Cardstocks

The real reason why I decided to make greeting cards from my own cardstock is that I wanted to design my own signature cards; producing top-quality cards, sturdy and long lasting.

I start with an 8.5" x 11" linen cardstock.  I use linen because that cardstock is really nice in both texture and feel.  As a result of this cardstock's texture, my cards are sturdier and quite thick when I layer my blank cards with pattern papers.

I bought my cardstocks from one paper company that I found online back in 2008, when I first started my greeting cards line.  I love the variety of papers that this company offers and I've never bought my cardstocks from any other companies since then.

In my tutorial, I'll show you how I trim the cardstock from 8 .5" x 11" to 10" x 7 ", since that's the final dimensions of my cards.

Step 2:  Scoring

Why is scoring important in cardmaking?

If your intention is to sell your greeting cards someday, learning this method will help you to create beautiful, professional-looking cards.

Even if you're only making the cards for fun, learning this will still be good practice for you, and make your cards look more professional.

Folding papers, especially cardstock, which are heavy and thick, in the normal way will produce an ugly and inconsistent crease.

You can fold and score with any of the following tools:

  • butter knife and ruler (it's readily available)
  • bone folder (when you're ready to make a small investment in your paper crafting hobby)
  • scoreboard (when you're designing and selling tons of greeting cards)

Step 3:  Back Label

Wouldn't it be nice if your recipient knew that the handmade card she received was from you?

Of course, you can leave the back of your greeting card surface blank.  But, having a 'handmade by me' label at the back is a nice option too;  it lets the recipient know how much you care.

If you are serious about cardmaking, putting your own company's logo at the back of your cards is vital, so your customers know where to contact you and buy more cards.

However, if that's the case, I suggest that you prepare a number of blank cards and print the logo on them all at once.

Now, here's the video showing you how I make my blank greeting card surfaces.

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