So we're nearing the end of June which means we've reached the time of the year where my card buying/giving peaks! The end of the school year means cards for co-workers, bosses, notes of appreciation for friends, students and parents of students, and tons of birthday cards (honestly it feels like 99% of my friends have June birthdays)! I don't know about you, but I LOVE to get a good card and I also love to give a good card! When I go card shopping I'm immediately drawn to the cards with laser-cut wood details, elaborate pop-ups and hefty price tags! Once in a while I'll splurge on a card for $8.99 but lets be real... $8.99 for a card is a little ridiculous!
This week I decided to get crafty and make my own 'WOW' cards! I bought a huge pack of plain coloured, blank cards at Michaels (at 60% off), a few cute stickers, rounded up some Sharpies and my Martha Stewart glitter set (don't judge) then got to work!
The first step is obviously choosing a theme for your cards! I picked mine based on what stickers I was drawn to while shopping at Michaels. The unicorn sticker pack and donuts immediately caught my attention- they're just SO cute- and when I found the bees I couldn't resist them either- they look so sweet and summery!
When I got home I started to brainstorm words to put on each card that would coincide with the stickers and be relevant to the reason I was giving the cards! Once I settled on something I liked...I used my Sharpie to add it to the card!
The final step was adding glitter. Even though it's so tempting to put glitter on everything, I think the trick to making cards look 'wow' and not tacky, is being selective with the glitter! Choose 1-2 words or letters/lines that you'd like to highlight and only glitterize those!
Here's what I came up with:
Not only are the cards I made significantly cheaper than store bought versions, but I'm confident that my friends will appreciate the personal details.
HAPPY CARD MAKING! Let me know if you've ever tried making cards, and whether you have any tips/tricks to share!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,