I am sitting back reflecting on how much has happened this year and how quickly the year is coming to an end.  It is September and Christmas advertisements are already in my newsfeed.   Oh! The Pressure!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza, I have a great idea to share with you for quick, easy and affordable gifts.

If you are reading my blog, chances are you love taking photos and creating things with them.   My plan for this holiday season is to share some of the photos I take  in the gifts that I give.

In Artisan, you have the option of creating a variety of cards in various sizes.  CLICK HERE to see the options available. You also have the option of creating flat and folded double sided card.  They are sold in packages of 10 for as low as $9.90 per package.  For this holiday season, I plan to print 5 to 10 sets of cards and then create batches of card to give as a low cost and thoughtful gift for some people I associate with.  I have not made my final decision as to what  my cards would look like, but here are some ideas.

  1. Create 12 different sets of cards with a different quote or word of inspiration on the cover.  Make sure the back/inside is light enough and the textures are subtle enough for someone to write on later.  Because I will get 10 of each card, I will be able to create 10 collections of cards  with 12 unique designs.  I can then wrap each collection in a small box or cellephane with a bow.  This will make a great gift.  Depending on the quote, the recipient can display the card (4×6 or 5×7) on their desk in a frame.  They can swap them out every month.   They can also just use them as cards, handwrite a note on the other side/inside and mail a bit of inspiration to someone else.
  2. Create 5 different sets of cards, each with a different photo on the front.  The photos should be of something useful to others.  Some ideas of great photos to use are flowers, pets, scenery, and food.  Artisan 5 has lots of filters that can give the your photos an artistic flair.  You can then create 10 sets of 5 different cards to give as a gift.
  3. Create several sets of recipe cards.   4×6 and 5×7 Flat Cards allow you to have the recipe on one side and a great photo on the other. Folded cards will also be great as recipe cards.  A photo and the name can grace the cover of the card, the inside can be reserved for ingredients and instructions, and the back can be reserved for the story behind the recipe or personal notes.  You can then give away 10 Collections of recipes.  Whether you choose folded and flat cards, think of how perfect they would be to store in a recipe box on the kitchen counter.  What’s even better, you can add to the recipe collection several times per year on birthdays, Mother’s Day, Anniversaries, and just because.  This is the perfect small gift that keeps on giving.

There are so many collections you can come up with for gifting.  The more and more I think about it, I believe a recipe card collection is the way I will go.  I can’t wait to put some smiles on some faces and make lots of tummy’s happy.

Here are some useful kits if you are making 6×4 flat or folded landscape cards.  If making folded cards, these recipe card templates can be used on the front and back cover of a 6×4 landscape card.

6x4 Recipes For Life Blueprint Cards Digital Art - Digital Scrapbooking KitsForever Friday Freebie - Recipe Digital Art - Digital Scrapbooking Kits


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3 Responses to Blog: The Gift of Cards

  1. Shirley Klinger says:

    Love this idea! It will add to my other card making…as I create a personal birthday card for all of my family members…grandkids, Nieces and Nephews and their kids, and lots of other family members. I always try to come up with an idea where I incorporate a recent photo of them…sometimes I have to download that photo from Facebook, but they all love receiving their birthday cards! Just love what I can do with Artisan!!

  2. Donna Pullan says:

    Love this idea!

  3. lvail@telus.net says:

    Great ideas for Christmas or others gifts. Love them. Thanks for sharing!

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