Friday, February 20, 2009

Frugal Friday: Greeting Cards

A few years ago, my mom picked up an expandable file folder from WalMart, and we now keep it stocked with homemade cards. Each section houses cards of different types, like "child birthday cards," "men birthday cards," "women birthday card," "sympathy cards," "get well cards," "thank you cards," etc. Greeting cards can be quite pricey, so we use a half piece of cardstock folded in half, which perfectly fits in invitation size envelopes, and ends up being around 15 cents per card!

To make the Cards:
Supplies: In the office supply section of Walmart, you can get a 150 pack of cardstock for less than $10. (It was around eight in August, but we haven't had to buy any more since, so I'm not sure of the current price.) The same section carries 50-packs "Invitation-sized" envelopes. (4 3/8" x 5 3/4") for under $5. You'll also need some pretty papers. :) We got a Scrapbooking back of 40 coordinating, patterned, 12"x12" sheets of paper, and matching cutouts that have letters and whatnot on them. (cost $7 when we purcased it)
Steps: Take one piece of 8.5" x 11" cardstock, and cut it in half, so it's 8.5" x 5.5". Fold each half in half so that it is 4.25" x 5.5". You now have two cards that fit perfectly in the invitation envelopes. All that's left to do is to "prettify" them.

Some ideas for cards:
I was making a card for a friend's father, really liked the outcome, and so made three. :) For each of these cards, I cut out a large square of colored paper for the background......a little shape (in this case an airplane, car, or train) from some printed paper......and about an inch and a half of paper for the ground, cut with mini scallop scissors.I also added a little banner to the airplane, to carry a message. :)
You don't necissarily have to use fancy papers, though. I made this card using just watercolors (for the water) and acrylics (for the swans) for the nice lady who let us stand in her yard to see the some Trumpeter Swans in a recent birding trip. :) (More on that another day.)
So grab some supplies, get creative, and save money! :)

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