I always have trouble finding the perfect card for the occasion. And I like giving cards with Scriptural themes. So, I’ve found that putting together a handmade Scriptural greeting card is often quicker – and definitely cheaper than hunting around for a store-bought card. And I can really personalize them for the person and occasion.
Sure, I’d love to make fancy embellished cards, but I usually don’t have the time, so I have a folder on my computer of prints I’ve already sized – all I need to do is print a few on cardstock, cut them out, and glue to my blank cards. And now I’ve started making quarter-fold cards which is even quicker and easier, just print and fold.
How To —
I compiled a list of Bible verses and inspirational quotes that I use on my cards, and a folder of images. I pull the image into Photoscape X and add the text right on top. I use Photoscape for all my photo editing – but it’s perfect for creating digital cards too. I decided to share my digital prints for others that would like to make easy personalized cards. You can find them in my Nani’s Notebook Shop.
My prints are sized for either small invitation size or large 5×7 card size. Just print in high quality on white heavy paper. (I just use 24lb.) Then, cut out and glue onto the blank cards. I recommend using a paper trimmer to cut clean straight lines. It makes the cards look more professional.
Blank Cards to Use
These cards can be made in 2 sizes – small 4.25 x 5.5 inch. And 5×7 inch. For 5×7, I like to use Natural blank cards that look like brown kraft paper. They add a rustic touch. I like the large size for special occasion cards, like anniversary or wedding cards.
Bear in mind, the recipient may love the print well enough to want to frame it – many of my recipients have! I’ve also made up a bunch of the smaller thank-you cards and given small sets as gifts. Circuit overseers’ wives appreciate them, as do elderly sisters who are not able to shop for cards themselves.
Michael’s has some nice small blank cards that are perfect for this project. They’re 4.25 x 5.5 inch. I like to stock up when they have them on sale for just $5 – for 60-80 cards. (Regular price is $20, so wait for the sale, or use a coupon.) They come in lots of colors, prints and textures. Amazon has similar colored textured cards with envelopes (link below.) NOTE: I’ve found that the texture on these cards make it hard for the glue to stay stuck sometimes, so I recommend Zip Dry glue listed below.
My digital card files now include the quarter-fold cards, which you can cut the front and insides out and glue onto the blank note cards front and inside if you prefer making note cards instead of quarter-fold cards.
- Blank Cards – Small size (4.25×5.5)
- Blank Cards – Natural 5×7
- Epson Matte Presentation Paper
- White Cardstock
- Zip Dry Glue
- Paper Trimmer – I recommend this trimmer for nice clean cuts.
- Digital Prints – from my Shop
Note: These are Amazon affiliate links for which I receive a small commission for my recommendations, but it doesn’t increase your cost. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.
NOTE: See my updated post on making quarter-fold and half-fold cards. Even quicker and cheaper!