I do like making birthday cards for special friends & family. Sometimes I start off with nice pics from old cards & use them to create a new one with embellishments etc. Other times, I just start from scratch & create 3D pics & add stickers, ribbons etc. Anything a little special is soooo expensive in a Newsagent so I'd prefer to make my own.
Yes. You can buy the blank cards with the middle already cut out & then buy sheets of images which you can cut out & make into 3D images. Then I just finished it off with some gold stickers which you buy in sheets. It's amazing what you can create with a little effort & the people I give them to always appreciate them.
We exchange e-cards in our family because we all know how expensive it is to send cards nowadays. It's buying the card, and then spending an equally exorbitant amount of money to mail the card, which will maybe eventually end up in the bin. E-cards are quick and free. It's the thought that counts anyways.
I still have some left over from when I had a wholesaling business some 15 years ago, so I use those.
Oddly enough, even when I had them by the thousand, I do not often send them, and nowadays I mostly send online ones, so my stash of greeting cards that I have kept for 15 or so years, will not get used up!
My daughter makes hand made cards that I could never, ever hope to match so I usually buy cards from our local IGA, cheap but nice. I also like to make my own on the computer using Publisher that way I can pick pictures and write a verse exactly for that person. I always make a four fold card and then make an envelope from some nice A4 paper that complements it. I use an envelope template that I confess I thought I would never use - it is so handy.