Greeting Cards On A Budget

October 29th, 2008 by Solange

Sending stylish personalised greeting cards does not have to cost the earth using free internet cards. Making greeting cards is not an expensive hobby, but sending cards for all occasions quickly mounts up, soon you will be looking for tips to keep the cost down.

 

Personally I love beautiful cards, it is great to be able to use embellishments or little gems but they cost therefore I am always on the look out for bargains  I research and compare their price, bid or buy on line.

 

Cheaper alternatives don’t have to look tatty, with a little imagination you can create great looking cards worthy of their  expensive counterparts.

Here are some tips to keep the cost down:

 

l  if you are a students, part of a club, or taking your kids to school, ask to put a notice up. The card making community is extremely large, you will meet card-makers this way, then you can get together to swap material or buy material with a bulk discount.

l  Soon you will have collected quiet a lot of material, making it easy to forget what material you already have, moreover some of the bits are often extremely small and tend to “disappear”. Make sure that you keep track of your collection. Tidy is the word that comes to mind.

l  I buy my base-cards on sheets rather than pre-cuts one, the card is easy to cut offering you more flexibility, you can have different shapes too as well as various sizes and it is less expensive

l  I am always on the look out for freebies scattered across the internet and free downloads.

l  Giving is receiving:  the more you send cards the more you will receive, which will allow you to recycle the design, using decoupage technique.

l  Some techniques use surprising recycled material: aluminium shapes made out of cans: cut a can open and use the aluminium inside. Recycle CD cases instead of envelops : glue your design inside the box.

l  Cards which are not overly “busy” often have a stronger impact, few carefully chosen materials goes a long way

l  Recycle whenever you can, my friends always laugh when after a party I rummage through ribbons and wrapping papers. With a little mischief my booty will be included in their next card.

 

If you want to have fun as well as cutting the cost, making paper is great fun however it is much more involved and you will possibly will have to spend some time teaching yourself before you can get a nice sheet.

Halloween Is Around The Corner

October 7th, 2008 by Solange

This fall, I have decided to celebrate Halloween with all the ghoulish trimmings. Away with doom and gloom, I want spooky, I want to thrill my guest with Halloween party invitations. I want to treat them with candy-cards.

Not only am I going to carve that pumpkin, put the decorations up not forgetting the costume, I am definitely going to pay much attention to my Halloween greeting cards. According to the NRF (the Voice of Retail Worldwide) 64% of the US population compared to 59 last year is going to join me in spirit, so to speak. A bit of magic relief after months of spooky economic news.

Think about greeting cards as the prelude to any celebration. They have to convey the right impression for your party. A lot of people enjoy the spookiness of Halloween greeting cards, black cats and ghouls often make the staple for cards sold in stores.

But why not use the internet and KwikeCards, most other sites also allow you to send your cards via e-mail, you can be more creative, add special effects: sounds and animation. Animated cards have become very popular for Halloween.

This year, the trend is with photo-cards, just add your own pictures and merged it to the background and there you are, looking like a lovely witch or an handsome Dracula. Cards don’t have to cost the earth, use free e-cards: all what you have to do is to think about the message. This year, I might quote Mark Twain: “Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows anybody”.

For the design, there is a half way house or should I say a half-way spooky castle. I am using this method with my candy-cards. The cards are made downloading backgrounds. For the front subjects, I will cut and paste my main designs with 3D pads. This year I opted for 2 types of card, one with castle, one with pumpkin. Using small round plastic box filled with candies kept in place over the moon or the pumpkin, my simple cards are turned into treat-cards. These cards are rather effective and will be remembered for a long time.