How to Make Miniature Greeting Cards

A friendly note is always welcome — by itself, as a thank you or with a small gift. I know that I always love receiving them. Cards don’t have to be store-bought though. Some of the greatest cards I’ve ever received are hand-drawn by kids or uniquely handmade by artists.

When I set out to make my own, I channeled what I liked about many of the cards I’ve received, and took the kraft paper card stock down a route of simplicity with some delightful stamps. I shrunk the proportion of the cards and envelopes to further differentiate them from the store-bought cards, and to make them more appropriate for smaller gestures – like when accompanying a hostess gift, an impromptu surprise for mom, or to serve double purpose as a gift tag.

DIY mini greeting card.

The stock I worked with was from a pack of 50 3″ x 5″ cards with coordinating envelopes, a bundle that I bought at the local craft store for $5. See how I made this mini greeting card using existing card stock!

 

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Step 1

 Open GalleryHow to make your own mini-cards.Cut your paper to size. I worked from a larger blank card with a pre-fold, and cut it in half with the help of a ruler and a utility knife.

Step 2

 Open GalleryHow do you prefer greeting cards to fold?Consider how you want your card to fold. Is horizontal or vertical your style?

Step 3

 Open GalleryCustomize the size of an envelope to fit a smaller greeting card.When it comes to making the envelope to suit your mini-card, consider your options: You can create your own template and make custom encasements, or you can retrofit larger envelopes to work. I chose the latter, picking a coordinating greeting card envelope and measuring it to mark its new dimensions.

Step 4

 Open GalleryResizing a large envelope for a smaller card.Cutting the envelope nearly in half, I repositioned the folds and trim details in the body and the flap to mirror the manufactured side. Glue along the cut end to form the pocket.

Step 5

 Open GalleryChoose your mini-card stamps and decor.Back to the card. Have you picked out your stamps and creative touches yet? My casual greeting cards sport a “HELLO” stamp that I ordered through Perrodin Supply Company.

Step 6

 Open GalleryAdd extra details to your greeting card with a sewing machine or embroidery thread.If you want to get uber-creative, take a sewing machine with colorful thread to your mini greeting card. A zig-zag stitch would be fun. Sewing through cardstock is easy if the stock isn’t too heavy, but using a needle and embroidery thread is another creative approach if you’re not armed with a sewing machine.

Step 7

 Open GalleryHow to make a mini greeting card from a larger card and envelope.Or nix the details and let your cute stamp and the handwritten greeting stand alone.

Step 8

 Open GalleryCustom mini-card made from a larger greeting card.Seal it up and top it off with an extra customization for the envelope on the front, or on the flap.

Project Resources

 

Materials

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Stamps and Ink

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Utility Knife
About Emily Fazio 

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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2 Responses

  1. James says:

    Presenting a hand-made greeting card can be the best way of expressing you love, but if you do not have sufficient time for designing a card, you can buy it online, and present it to your loved one.

  2. Bee Tee says:

    Lovely Idea….loved it…
    we too made some DIY cards for mother's day http://www.pinkonnet.com/do-it-yourself

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