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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. The ink will take a bit longer to dry on glossy photos, so be careful with it for about 20 minutes, or heat set it. 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 4×6 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 might 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!

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!)

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  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.

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

  3. I've never stamped on photos to make card. I like the idea and will give it a try. I printed a photo of my sister for her birthday and printed on front and then sent it as a 5×7 postcard. She loved it. I have a template for a postcard that I just print on the back of my pictures. Will look to see what you did for the cute furbaby's postcard. Same here, I found my Tess furbaby when camping few years ago. She was very hungry. No one would take her so I did go back few days later to see if still there and took her home. She only lived few years but she was one of my favorites and still miss her.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

    1. I love the idea of a template for printing a postcard on the back of the picture! I have a postcard rubber stamp that serves that purpose too, but my stamps were in storage for a while. So I'm excited to have them out again! Tess sounds sweet. It's so hard to lose our pets, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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