Card Making Tips and Tricks for Father’s Day

Mussy Raitman June 13, 2019

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We all know that smartphones give us the ability to keep in touch more than ever, so, it’s surprising that millennials are responsible for keeping the card industry alive.


The idea of taking the time to exchange physical cards is more appealing to the generation who is always so caught up in their buzzing digital devices. Generic email replacements weren’t making the same meaningful connection and as we all know millennials like to make things their own.



Approximately 6.7 billion greetings were sold last year, but more than that is 1 in 5 people who prefer to receive a good old-fashioned handwritten card.


Thank you millennials for bringing back the thrill of giving and receiving handmade paper cards.


In honor of Father’s day, we got some tips and tricks from @graphicsbyfaigy on how to make personalized cards.


We all love our dads even when they tell the lamest and most cringe-worthy jokes. The least we could do is gift them with something sentimental that lets them know just how special they really are.


Here are some tips and tricks to remember:



Tip #1 – Start with a little

When you decide to make a card at home, it doesn’t mean you have to go all out and spend a ton of money. You don’t need fancy scissors or tools to tap into your creativity. The trick is to start with the simple things that you have around the house and work from there. You become really good at scouting the dollar store for cheap supplies, and before you know it, you’ll have a small collection to mix and match from.


Tip #2 – Look beyond the normal sources for your paper supplies

Whenever I’m in the card section of a store, I’m usually drawn to the textured gift bags and wrapping papers. There are absolutely no rules when it comes to any DIY projects, and alternative paper sources are perfect for card making. I especially love cutting up gift bags because the heavier weight paper makes a handmade card look that much more professional.



Tip #3 – Stock up on must-have basics

Before you start buying colorful and patterned supplies, it’s essential to stock up on the basics. This would include some black and white textured card stock to be used as the base card. It should be thick enough so that once you fold it in half; it can stand without falling over.


Tip #4- Determine your card’s background color

For many beginners, it’s always hard to make that initial decision of what colors to incorporate. The trick is to pick a background color based on the main image you wish to use. If your dad is wearing a green t-shirt in the picture, go with green. It will give it an automatic pop of color and will look very thought-out. You can also use one or two more colors to add embellishments and accents to your card.



Tip #5 – Get Inspired but Add Your Own Twist

There are thousands of Pinterest boards and card making websites out there, but there is something special when you find that balance of being inspired by something and making it your own. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what comes naturally to you. You and your Dad will get more satisfaction when it’s something you’ve created.


Happy card making!