Use A Photo to Make a Handmade Greeting Card




See this adorable cat? (I'm just a tiny bit biased--she was ours. We lost her a few years ago, but we keep her memory close.)  Lucy was taking time to smell the flowers. LET'S ALL DO THAT MORE OFTEN. 

Now, another challenge to myself this week is to create a card using this photo.  (I'm going to throw out the ideas first, and then show you the final result in a new post.  And I'd love for you to show me how you used the ideas too!)

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I like to use real photos in my papercrafts.  Scissors, tape, real paper, ink. (I do print a lot of my pictures, which might be a little outside the norm!)

And, anyone who knows me well, knows that I am kind of a...paper collector.  I love beautiful papers and tend to stash them instead of using them...

So,  I decided to use some of that paper and  make this Lucy picture into a greeting card.

Here are some ways to transform a photo into a card:


Stamp a border around the edges of the photo with a permanent ink. (Ranger archival ink works well for this. Plus it's archival. Stazon ink can also be used, but it seems to work better on photos that are professionally printed vs. photos you print at home.) Then attach the photo to a piece of cardstock or paper of a coordinating color.

Stamp the greeting directly onto the photo. (Again, with permanent ink.)   Then create a postcard with the photo by adhering it to a 4x6 piece of cardstock.  You can then just address the back of the postcard.

Layer  the photo onto some pretty papers and cardstock.  Choose colors pulled from the photo.  Then hand-letter or stamp the greeting onto the cardstock.

Cut around the main subject of the photo and layer this cut-out onto coordinating cardstock.  Hand-write your greeting around the shape of the cut photo.


Stamping on photos can be tricky.  Press straight down so the stamp doesn't slide around, and be sure to let the ink dry thoroughly.

For this particular card, I will find some cardstock in my stash that coordinates with the colors in the photo (just as I would do for a scrapbook layout) and try to get inspired. I'm deciding between  green and pink cardstock.  Or I might keep it neutral with some black or dark gray.

I'll then hand-letter the greeting with brush lettering onto the cardstock. (If you don't have brush markers, no worries.  Do you or your kids have some Crayola markers?

Stay tuned to see which of these ideas I will use on this photo!

(If you choose to use rubber stamps for your card, this comes with a warning that sometimes those stamps can get a bit addictive.  They are fun and there are SO MANY choices!)

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My challenge to you is to find (or take) a photo that you love and create a card with it. Then send it to someone to bless you both!  (And I'd love to see your card too!)

Some of you may be wondering where I've been...  We recently moved, and then some unexpected medical stuff happened (that was in addition to our usual medical stuff!)  I was on an especially long break.  So, I'm so happy to be back. There are a few changes in the works, as my blog emphasis will be shifting a bit.  There is a blog name change in the future and a little more emphasis on my artsy side!

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4 comments

  1. See that's a topic I can love. I always want to make photo cards, of my own photos, of course. It seems rewarding.
    I'm sorry about your cutie pie cat.

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    1. It's a fun way to share your photos. Your photos would make some beautiful cards.

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  2. Sounds like a fun project using your own photos - you could really personalize it then.

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    1. Thanks Carol! Yes, it's definitely a personalized card for sure.

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