DIY Photo Cards


Do you find yourself taking a ton of photos, but storing them unseen on a computer or phone? Me too. This year I'm making an effort to share photos the old fashioned way: in printed form. My favorite way to do so is by making photo greeting cards. With card stock, glue, scissors, and a printed photographs, photo cards are inexpensive and easy to make. It requires a bit more effort than picking up a store bought card, but cards made by hand are more meaningful to the maker, and hopefully to the receiver too. Photo cards also elevate landscape and family photos into art. I use three different methods to create this type of card, including full view, inset, and framed, all of which are detailed below. To further add a personal touch, I like to mark the back of cards with customized stamps (tutorial here). If you have photographs you love and want to bring out from behind the screen, try making your own photo cards.


Basic Card 

Supplies
1 sheet card stock
Ruler
Scissors

Determine what size card is desired (think about the size of the photo and what size envelope is available). In the examples pictured, I did a small landscape version (3.75" x 4") and a large portrait version (8.5" x 5.5"). For landscape oriented cards, the piece of card stock needed should measure one times the width and two times the desired height. For portrait oriented cards, the piece of card stock needed should measure two times the width and one times the desired height. Use a ruler then scissors to cut the card stock to the appropriate size. Fold the paper in half to create the card. Stamp on the back if desired.






Full View Photo Card

Supplies 
Card
Glue or other photo-safe adhesive
Photo

Cover the entire back surface of the photo with glue. Center the photo on the card and press firmly. Allow the glue to fully dry before mailing.






Inset Photo Card

Supplies
Card
Self healing cutting mat
Exacto knife
Photo

Unfold the card and place the cover side up on a self healing cutting mat. Position the photo on the card as desired. Near each corner of the photograph, create a forty five degree angle cut underneath the photo into the card stock. Replace the photo into position after each cut to ensure accurate fit. Tuck each corner of the photo into the slits created. If the photo bows out slightly, make the top or bottom incisions longer.





Framed Photo Card

Supplies
Card
Glue
Framing material (wood, bark, card stock, contact paper, etc)
Self healing cutting mat
Exacto knife
Photo

Cover the entire back surface of the photo with glue. Center the photo on the card and press firmly. Cut the selected framing material to the same size as the card cover. Determine the desired frame thickness (in this example 0.5"). Place the framing material on a self-healing cutting mat and use a utility knife to remove the unneeded interior rectangle of the frame. Glue the frame on top of the photo, being sure to align the frame with the edges of the card.






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