I love greeting cards, but who wants to spend $3-5 on one? If you don’t, then read on for an easy DIY card that can be customized with any stamp combination imaginable! It will put a little extra cash in your pocket and impress your friends. Promise.

Supplies

  • Cardstock
    • Main piece (any color) cut to 5.5″ x 8.5″; score at 4.25″ on long side
    • Two white pieces cut to 5.25″ x 4″
  • Stamps
    • One for a background and one for a message/greeting
    • You can find some great stamps, like the ones pictured, in the dollar bin at Michaels/Jo-Ann!
  • Ink
    • If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend the studio g brand at Michaels (I’ve also seen it at Walmart) for colored ink. It’s only a dollar. I like VersaFine in Onyx for my greetings. You can also just go with one solid color!
  • Not Shown: Tape runner or glue, paper cutter.

Create the Front Piece

  • Ink up your background stamp with whatever color ink you chose for your card.
  • Stamp your background to one of the white pieces you cut. This is now the front of your card.
    • Make sure to re-ink before you stamp. Multiple images will suck all the ink off your stamp!
      • I blow on my stamp before I press down. It sounds weird, but it works.
  • Find a good spot for your greeting stamp (if you want a greeting) and ink up with black (OR any color). Stamp your message.
  • Let your newly stamped front piece dry COMPLETELY before you move on.

*Optional: Stamp a message on your second piece.

Assemble Your Card

  • Fold your card in half along the line your scored when you cut your paper. Set aside
  • Grab your tape runner/glue stick and place adhesive along the outside edges of the back of your second piece first. You can also place a little bit in the center to hold it down.
    • Place your second piece, glue side down, on the right side of the inside of your card. Press firmly to adhere.
  • Repeat for your front piece. 
  • Optional: place a heavy book on top of your folded card to help it hold its shape.

Repeat!

The options are endless when stamping your own cards. You can swap out your message (think birthday, hello, miss you, thank you, etc.) to create any type of card imaginable. And the background is interchangeable, too.

If you make a card like this, please tag me on Instagram! My username is @victorialynne.

Happy crafting! //Victoria

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