By Natasha Chamberlin

To make angelic gift greeting cards you will need some blank cards. You could either buy the ones that are all ready in a greeting card form and that are blank - you can find these from any craft shop. Or if you prefer then you could use an A5 size card and fold it into a card shape. You will also need an envelope to fit your card as well as a tiny envelope to put your gift in.

Next you will need materials to decorate your card. You could use peel offs, boarders, motifs, materials and fabrics, paints, glue, double sided tape, pictures, stickers, 3D sticky pads, 3D cut outs, foil, wrapping paper, backing paper, clay or dough, coloured beads, felt tip pens, paper and fake flowers, gem stones and crystals, cotton wool, glitter, heat gun, embossing powder, glitter, special pens, ribbon, buttons and any other odds and ends that you find laying around.

Now think of what you would like to create and then put your idea down onto your card. Make each card special and inspirational. Let your imagination run wild. Since we are making angelic cards try finding pictures of angels or fairies. You could print off pictures or find them in books or on wrapping paper, you could even trace a picture and then transfer it to your card and paint it.

You could use transfers which you can find in a craft shop. In side your card right in the middle on the right side you could stick the tiny envelope. In the envelope you could add a small gift or special poem or prayer, badges, stickers, money, keep sakes, necklace, flower seeds, bracelet, ring, handmade gift, sweets or even a prayer card. Once you have made your special hand make card then you can give it to someone special as a gift.

Another way of making greeting cards is below...

By A Labedzki

This simple card is great to showcase your own collages and artworks. Accurate measuring and cutting is essential because you want the card to be able to stand up on its own. Use stiff paper, card stock, in whites, beiges and vanilla tones. Depending on the time of year you can make birthday cards, Christmas cards and any other holiday cards. Use colors and found objects accordingly. For example use green, red, and gold for Christmas cards.


Sheet of handmade paper, card stock, or stiff paper
Scrap piece of card for window template
Bits and pieces of handmade papers, fibers, ribbons, fabrics, trims and interesting found objects
Matching paper for envelope
Craft knife
Self-healing mat
Bone folder
PVA adhesive and brush
Double-sided tape (optional)

Basic Methods:

If you feel a bit uneasy you can always practice these steps first on an inexpensive sheet of paper. Then keep your first card as a template.

1. You will need one sheet of 8 1/4 x 11 ½ inch paper. On the back mark the paper into thirds across the width. Score with a bone folder and fold both end panels inwards.

2. Open the card and lay it on a self-healing mat and cut a window in the center panel using your window template this way you can be more certain of the position of your window, before you start cutting. Your window template should be approximately 2 x3 inches. You can change the size of the window for different cards if you prefer. Rescore the fold lines.

3. Create a collage on the inside of the first flap. Have fun and be creative. Use your little scraps of paper, ribbon, and other embellishments. Study the composition by closing the flap; check how your collage looks through the window before gluing the pieces in place.

4. Glue the two front panels together with watered down glue or double sided tape.

5. To make the envelope, use another sheet of matching or contrasting paper. Lay the card diagonally across it and fold up the sides. Glue down two sides and bottom fold to create the envelope.

Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at

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