How to Make Giant Greeting Cards
Getting StartedClick thumbnail to view full-size
Making a Giant Greeting Card Is Easy!
Standard greeting cards cost anywhere from $.99–$7.00. I haven't purchased any of the cheaper greeting cards recently because my eyes always seem to be drawn to the high-end area—the shiny, sparkly, break-the-bank cards. The great thing is that you can make your own greeting card for a mere fraction of the cost with a few simple items.
The first few things you will need are some varying colors of scrapbook paper, poster-board, and a glue stick. Glue sticks work a lot better than standard glue for the beginning of your project because they allow for the paper to stick completely flat to your poster board, easier to work with and they are a lot less messy.
- HINT: When you are choosing your color palette, start with more pieces of paper than you need and then narrow it down to what works.
- HINT: Use colors that appeal to the recipient or, look for themes from their life, such as: if they like to go fishing use paper with fish on it.
Basic Greeting Card ConstructionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Start by strategically placing your paper before you glue it down. (Practice) Once you feel you have a good layout, glue each piece down by starting with the bottom layer first. You may want to use a ruler to make your glue guidelines.
- HINT: It's more appealing to the eyes if you off-set the paper placement.
When you have everything glued down, allow enough time for everything to dry properly.
If you have paper that is over-sized, you may need to trim the edges off before you begin applying the notions and fine details. It's best to use very sharp scissors and cut with long even passes.
Adding Detail and Character to Your Greeting CardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Adding the Final Touches
When your giant greeting card is dry, and the edges are cut, you are ready to add the best parts. Come up with a saying that fits your occasion whether it's a birthday, message of love, hope, get well or Happy Father's Day! The best quality about giant greeting cards is that you can tailor them to the individual in multiple ways.
Once you have chosen a slogan, practice writing it on a separate piece of paper. Make a habit of practicing everything prior to putting together your final project.
- HINT: When writing your slogan, you can choose to write it all together or as separate words that you cut out individually. It looks great both ways.
- HINT: Instead of purchasing books that help you find different fonts (what I did) you can go online and find thousands of free fonts!
When you have completed your slogan, set it aside to wait until you are prepared to apply all of your ornaments.
Ornaments are the most important part of your giant greeting card because they really personalize your project. You can use die-cut ornaments, hand-drawn and colored ornaments, pictures, magazine photos—be creative! Use specific details about the recipient.
Here are some ideas:
- If they are having surgery, you might want to put a nurse's hat or stethoscope on the card.
- If you know what they are having surgery for, address that specifically.
- If they enjoy meditation, use meditation symbols and colors.
- If you are attempting to convey a message, put an envelope with a message inside on the card.
- I always add a small additional note on the card with the name[s] of who the card is from and the date it is being sent.
Now that you have the ornaments finished, place all of your artwork onto your giant greeting card. Arrange and rearrange until you have a placement that is pleasing to your eyes. When you have everything in place, begin gluing everything down with a glue stick or a glue gun.
- HINT: If you find that your slogan isn't standing out, find a solid color or a print colored paper that matches to put behind the slogan. Glue them together, allow drying time, and then cut around the edges enough to leave at least 1/4–1/2 inch to show on all sides.
- HINT: It's easier to glue down bulkier items with a glue gun. Items that are thin will glue much better with a glue stick.
After all of your ornaments are glued down, it's time to add the glitz. (glitter, jewels, ribbon, brads, stickers). Adding glitz will change the giant greeting card completely. If you have your own logo, you may want to add it in a small inconspicuous place.
Personalized greeting cards are wonderful to send because they let people know that you spent time thinking about them. You don't have to spend a lot of time making a giant greeting card. They can be simple, or they can be very ornate, but they are always from the heart.
I made this card on behalf of my team, Hubaholics Anonymous for our teammate Meloncauli. It was inspired by Sid Kemp. I couldn't have done it without Watergeek.
© 2012 Kristi Sharp