Another gift I'm giving this year is sets of 5 or 10 hand-made blank cards with envelopes. These are pictures of some of the cards I made this year.
I am a scrapbooker, so I have a large supply of scrapbook paper and stickers. But cards could also be made from acid-free card stock, which comes in a variety of colors and weights. It can also be bought in bulk packages, or in smaller numbers.
I tried using my 8 x 10 inch and 8.5 x 11 inch papers first. These were easily cut in half to make 4 x 5 inch and 4.25 x 5.5 inch card blanks. I then folded the card blanks in half. These fit nicely into # 5 1/2 Invitation Envelopes which measure 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 inch.
I used a combination of rubber stamps (of which my children have a large collection), stickers, die-cuts, and papers to create my cards. When I made a dark-colored card, I attached a square of light paper on the inside so a message could be easily written. I like the simple cards with a coordinating paper strip or paper circle on the front. I also liked a card I made with a circle cut out of the front and a coordinating paper attached inside to show through the hole. However, my circle cutter broke, so I quit making the cut-out cards.
Scrapbook stores, large hobby stores, and even Walmart carry a variety of scrapbooking and paper craft supplies. I know some people prefer to use glue sticks, but I really like the photo splits that are little squares of double-stick tape.
I have never made cards before this year. I know I am just a beginner, but it was fun. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop this craft, for my personal use, and for gift-giving.