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Friday, March 22, 2013

How To Print Custom Greetings For Your Cards  
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Custom made greetings featuring Simple Stories Snap!

Today, I am going to show you how to create a custom greeting that can be added to the inside of your cards. For this project I am using Microsoft® Word 2010.

Begin by opening a new document file. Click on the insert tab and look for the text box selection.

Step 1


Click on the text box option and look for the draw text box option.

Step 2


Click on the white canvas. Hold the left mouse button and drag to draw a box. This will cause the program to automatically switch to the format tab. After drawing your box look to the right for the box labeled size and type in the measurements for your desired box size. If for some reason you do not see this section click on your box and it will appear. When sizing the box I typically make mine 1/2 inch smaller than my card base. This allows me to cut out the panel leaving a 1/4-inch border on the panel and another 1/4 inch of the base showing around the panel.

Step 3


Once your box is drawn and the size is adjusted it is time to decide what color to make the border. This can be found under the shape outline option.

Step 4


At this point you should have a box drawn with a colored border. Now, it’s time to add the greeting. To do this you will add a second text box inside the previously drawn box following the same procedure as before. For this box I choose the no outline option.

Step 5

Finally add the desired text formatting as you would like.

Step 6


The greeting is now ready to save, print, cut out and adhere to the inside of your card.

You can dress up your panel in a variety of ways by drawing multiple text boxes in graduating sizes, changing colors, and even adding shapes, which are also found under the format tab.

Here is a card I created using this process. I used the above process to print the double frame and greeting onto Simple Stories patterned paper. I then cut it out with my square dies. Finally I stamped the heart image.

Card Inside

The Epson printer that I use has trays for not only 8 1/2 x 11-inch papers but also a second tray for smaller sizes such as 4 x 6 inches. In order to save paper, if my base is smaller than 4 x 6 inches, I like to use that tray instead. When printing on a 4 x 6-inch paper, instead of a full-size sheet, simply change the size of the canvas you are working on. This can be done by opening a new file then selecting thepage layout tab and choosing the 4 x 6-inch option under the size drop down box.

Step 7


This process also works well for adding a greeting to the front panel of a card as well. You can follow the same steps and place the text box in the desired location leaving space for stamps or other embellishing.

Here is the front of the card I showed earlier. I printed the double frame onto a 4 x 6-inch piece of Simple Stories patterned paper with the placing the greeting in the top left corner. I then stamped the lamp image and paper pieced the image with more Simple Stories patterned paper. Once finished I matted the image and placed it on a base made from Core’dinations cardstock and more Simple Stories patterned paper.

Card Front

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Posted by T_Mayberry