It started by making 16 cards using traditional materials. Then I scanned the cards, touched them up in Photoshop and added common card phrases in Photoshop from a scan of the same paper I used making the cards. Then I created 12 x 12 files of the cards (2 on a page), ordered printouts, and bought square envelopes. I cut & folded the printed cards and added a few embellishments like the googly eyes. I made little packets of cards; blanks, Happy Birthday, Thank you, Get Well Soon to give away as Christmas gifts. The "Happy Holidays" I sent out as my Christmas cards.
thoughts on the project...
First my hat goes off to anyone who actually makes cards and gives them away as gifts. Making multiple cards is a lot of work no matter how you make them!
I constantly second guessed if the recipient would even use the cards. Were they good enough? was the style too personal? Would the recipients appreciate the cards? You see all of the textures of the original papers but the cards are smooth and look like real cards. They look "crafty" without being too crafty.
Were they a good value as a gift? Each packet of 6 printed cards & envelopes cost me approx. $8 to make and wrap. I hope people like & use them. It's a small gift but I would be bummed if they just end up in the trash.
Even though I bought what I thought was a ton of printouts, I ran out. The good news is it is very easy now for me to buy more and to switch out the sayings if needed.
What would I do differently in the future? I didn't need so many original cards (I made 16), 6 different cards would have been plenty. I would make a common rectangle card size (not square).
And look for better "card printing" options. I probably could have gotten a better price using a holiday card printing sale.