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Creating a Greeting Card

Commercial greeting cards come in a wide variety, from mushy to merry, cheery to charming, heartfelt to hilarious. Hallmark, Zelda Wisdom, the Far Side, and other brands seem to fill every niche imaginable. So why would you want to create your own greeting card? Let's start with price—for a few pennies' worth of ink and paper and just a couple minutes, you save a couple bucks on the card. By doing it yourself, you also save a trip to the store and the (seemingly) endless search through the racks for the perfect card. One other benefit of doing it yourself is that you can create a completely customized, personal card for the recipient. (And just think of the compliments you'll receive!)

Setting Up Your Template

You can use any word processing program or illustration program to create custom greeting cards. In this exercise, I demonstrate using Microsoft Word:


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