I make my own cards.
I take photos ..lots of photos. I decide on the photos to be printed..usually at Wally World.
I am a regular at the local five and dime, because I like to have one fine collection of papers to choose from. Colors of every hue.
I coordinate the photos with the papers.
I have several paper cutters.. A large one and a small one.
And double sided tape..I use Creative Memories tape runners. They have improved their design from the worthless design they had a few years ago. The new design is a breakthrough..simple and easy to use.
I have four different card and envelope colors I work with..white, ivory, a heavy cream color and my new favorite a recycled brown paper color.
This is my second round of making cards this winter. I still have to make more sympathy cards. I have several people who I write to at least once a month..so I go through cards at a pretty good pace.
Sometimes I make fancy corners..I have several different punches that I can use, but for the most part I like them plain.
I like to play with paper. Making my own cards is a good excuse to have some play time.
I like to have a good stash of cards on hand all the time. They are blank inside, so I can write something personal that fits the occasion.
My cards cost about a dollar each to produce. That is still much cheaper than a card you can buy in the store. I often give them away as gifts or for silent auctions for fundraisers…I have cellophane envelopes that I can put them in to keep them clean, I can bundle them up with a piece of ribbon and viola..I have an instant gift! :)