Gifts and Cards
What You’ll Need
- Photo, brochure or other heavyweight paper
- Scissors or utility knife (for cutting gift cards)
- Glue and double-sided tape
- Ruler (preferably with metal edge)
- Pen or pencil
Tips and Tricks
If you can print a craft, you can give it as a gift – and certainly, there’s no shortage of craft ideas in our list of tips and tricks. But you’ll also want to make sure your gift comes with a card, a gift tag, and perhaps even a gift box or paper flower – all memorable items that even the most basic inkjet printer is capable of delivering beautifully.
Selecting your paper is easy enough – you’ll want a sturdy, matte or glossy stock, and if you’re making greeting cards, you’ll want to make sure it’s capable of being printed on both sides. Some photo papers, for example, feature manufacturer logos or unprintable finishes on their non-business ends, so try before you buy if possible. Brochure paper (check Staples, OfficeMax or Amazon), on the other hand, is a safe bet – it’s made for multiple-sided designs.
Printing your cards is really just a matter of selecting your design from the hundreds available at sites like Canon’s Creative Park and Epson’s CreativeZone. (Make sure you have Adobe Reader installed first – these and many other printable sites require it.) Both sites – and these are just two of many to suit virtually every taste or occasion – offer free, high-quality print templates with easy-to-follow instructions that’ll have you producing gorgeous designs in minutes. Some basic craft skills are helpful from there, however, you may need to cut, glue and fold your cards and creations to match the sample photos.
More great sites for printable card designs: