What says you “scare” more than a Halloween greeting card? Halloween cards are one of the best ways to send out those Halloween wishes. Stores don’t offer much of a selection. And, while you can find several online and hard copy versions, making more personal greetings to share with friends and family is much more fun!
First, in making Halloween cards, you must think of a theme for your cards. Keep it simple. Your card can be anything from spooky, comical or silly. Think of those old Dixie cup jokes and you pretty much have your Boo-time message. The theme can be a personal joke or a parody of a common phrase.
Second, you should consider the type of card you want to make. Will it be a folded card, a single flat card, a 3-D card, or an online message with animation? Commit to whether you are going to use drawings, clip art, or photographs.
Third, you need to collect the materials you need. For crafty folks, lots of paper, colored pipe cleaners, glue, pens, pencils and inks might be all the task requires. For those wanting to add special accents, things like plastic plates, glitter, felt, linoleum, and even paint can be used. More technologically savvy folks can use a basic word processing program or more elaborate card design software. Be sure to have a reliable printer with lots of colorful ink.
With all these things in place, you are ready to begin. Not everything about Halloween needs to be black and orange. So, you can add your own colors and style to your card.
If hand crafts are your thing, caricatures of Halloween favorites, like Frankenstein, the Mummy, Vampires and Witches, can compliment a card. If artistic talent is more of a wish than a reality, Halloween stickers and keepsakes, like spiders and black cats, can be used to decorate your paper cards. If penmanship is an issue, there are several types of nice stencils that you can find in stores and online.
If you are a computer geek, there are several types of card making software, such as Printmaster Platinum and Hallmark Card Studio. However , free options, such as Serif DrawPlus 4.0, are available on the web for easy card making. Even standard Microsoft applications, such as Publisher, can be useful. With these card designing programs, you have the ability to mass produce your clever greetings and adjust colors and sizes easily.
While Halloween is not the biggest card-giving holiday, making and sending cards for Halloween is a great way to enjoy the fun of the holiday with friends and family. To find great resources for making home-made Halloween cards, check out these sites:
http://familycrafts.about.com/ od/halloween/ig/Halloween-Card -Gallery/
http://www.freedownloadscenter .com/Search/greeting_cards.htm l
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