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Make Your Own Custom Birthday Cards and Stationery



Whenever a spot a great deal on custom cards (or sometimes even a freebie), I stock up and make my own stationery or birthday cards to have on hand. While writing this post, I took a quick peek at the cards my son received for his 2nd birthday last year and they ranged anywhere from $.99 to $4.99 – with majority of them around $3.00.

If you make a custom card, a single one is about the same price at about $3.00, but keep it mind it is personalized. For more savings I would suggest making a set of at least ten cards and of course waiting until a sale comes up. It’s not uncommon to see sales on cards of 30% to 50% which then brings the price way down for something you can personalize to your taste (or your recipients’). Groupons for custom cards and other daily deals also pop up frequently so there’s plenty of opportunities to stock up.

Here’s a bunch of cards I made recently to have on hand for all sorts of occasions. The ones below I’ve printed with Shutterfly, Mixbook and TinyPrints, but I’ve also printed with Picaboo as well for holiday cards.

Custom cards and stationery tips

IMG_9759The most recent cards I made is a set of kids birthday cards with Shutterfly. The cover of the card features a photo I took of the iconic Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. I’m sure it’s a photo that has been taken a million times, but I changed it up a little using one of those popular instant filters for a cool retro glow. Even though I have a lot of photo editing options on my own computer, I uploaded the original photo to PicMonkey.com. It’s one of my favorite free online photo editing tools that I use often to quickly make title photos for my blog posts. I played with the different filters until I found one I liked. I also picked a font from there to write “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” on the cover.

IMG_9760From there I uploaded the completed cover image to Shutterfly and then selected a sunny yellow for the inside and added a simple, “to you!” text on the inside. That’s it!

I love how they turned out and because I waited for a freebie, I only paid shipping which came out to about $.50 per card. Now when a birthday party rolls around I don’t have to scurry around for a card! There’s nothing I love more than the words, “custom, cheap and quick!”

Photo Book Girl’s Custom Photo Cards Tips

1) All occasion cards are great to have on hand. All you need is an image and a blank area inside or on the reverse so you can write your message.

Go through your favorite photos and pick:

  • A beautiful landscape photo you shot while on vacation;
  • Your prized peonies right in your backyard or local garden;
  • A still life – the classic bowl of fruit, collection of shells, a globe or map

2) If you want to make custom birthday cards for kids, photos at an amusement park like my Ferris wheel shot, or baby animals at the zoo would be a good choice. Or think of anything kids like – a big ice cream cone, a giant lollipop, a close up of toys. Bright and colorful colors are always attractive to kids;

3) A set of personalized stationery makes a great gift. If you have a graduate leaving for college, wouldn’t it be nice to send her off with some notecards so your graduate can write home?

4) Give yourself some credit! I didn’t give myself a photo credit on the Ferris wheel card, but on the card featuring underwater and sea life photos, I did. I also added an appropriate quote on the back.

tiny prints stationery

If you want more tips on custom photo cards and a handy dandy price comparison of various printing options, don’t miss my PHOTO CARD GUIDE!

Don’t forget about graduation invitations and Father’s Day by the way! 

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