Personalize the thank you cards and regular greeting cards you send out to friends and family by adding a little extra decoration to the inside or outside of the stationery. People will be excited to receive your notes in the mail so they can see the new creative design you’ve added to make it special. Coming up with unique card decoration ideas takes time, but if you need a few suggestions, try the embellishment ideas below:
That’s right, embroidery isn’t just for fabric. This is a fun way to add a little texture to the card face. Achieving this look is actually easier than you’d think. First, you’re going to trace the image or saying you want to use onto your paper. From here, use a needle to poke holes every ¼ in. along the lines. When the whole design has holes, thread your needle and start with a backstitch to embroider the image. Tie off the end and voila! You have a cute saying or image to accompany your full message.
2. Draw or paint
If you are artistic, don’t be afraid to show off your skills. Sketch a funny picture around the card design, or send your friend an original work of art with a painting. You could also try using those artistic skills to write your note in calligraphy.
Give the card a little more depth with the art of quilling. According to Martha Stewart Living, quilling is when you create shapes from strips of paper. Use this technique to construct flowers, letters and other paper crafts. The detail these add to your cards make them a wonderful keepsake.
4. Edge designs
If you want to try removing parts of the card for a cool design, find yourself a few different paper edgers. Using these scissors, cut around the edge of the card to stray away from the typical straight-edge look.
5. Write inside a shape
Make images out of your words by writing inside a heart, star or other shape. We Lived Happily Ever After suggests using cookie cutters to help make perfect shapes for your card. To do this, trace around the cookie cutter on a sheet of paper and then cut out the picture. Lay the paper with the cut out space over your card and write inside the space. This will help you create a shape without the need to erase any lines off your card when you’re done.
When implementing any of these extra card decorations, make sure not to go overboard. It’s probably best to just choose one or two per letter. The main part of the card is the message, so while you want to make the paper unique and fun to look at, make sure the note tells a story.