Store-bought cards are more expensive than ever, especially decorated varieties embellished with glitter, ribbons, and three-dimensional graphics. It is not necessary to buy expensive store-bought cards. Buy ordinary greetings instead, and use the following new ways to decorate the graphics and text. Cards are fun to decorate, and they will save a considerable amount of money over the top-shelf varieties found in stores.
Cover Text with Fine Eye-Catching Glitter
When store-bought cards are plain, decorate them with a little glitter. Do not use the coarse variety typically used by children. Browse the craft supply section of a discount store, or shop online for very fine glitter. Apply clear-drying craft glue to larger text on the fronts of store-bought cards, and sprinkle on fine eye-catching glitter. Tap away the excess glitter, and save it to decorate other store-bought cards. The text will look fancier, and the cards will look more expensive than they truly were.
Decorate with Narrow Satin Ribbon
More expensive ready-made greetings sometimes include small ribbons. Why pay more for store-bought greetings that include pretty ribbons? Add small securely tied satin ribbons in appropriate locations. For example, store-bought cards depicting vases of flowers can include ribbons around the vases or the flower stems. Attach pre-tied ribbons with craft glue, or punch two small holes in an area where ribbons can be used to decorate in eye-catching new ways.
Use Fine Glitter to Highlight and Decorate Graphics
Use fine glitter to highlight and decorate specific areas of store-bought cards. It can make ordinary store-bought cards extraordinarily beautiful and unique. For example, apply clear-drying craft glue to the centers of flowers on store-bought greeting cards, and cover them with fine yellow glitter. Decorate and highlight the wings of butterflies, rainbows, designs, and more. The possibilities are limitless.
Decorate Store-Bought Cards with Dimensional Scrapbook Stickers
More expensive greetings are sometimes dimensional. They include graphics that stand out from the front of the greetings, and they are very impressive. They can be made using dimensional scrapbook stickers. Buy relatively plain greetings, and decorate them further with scrapbook stickers of your choice. They will turn out far better than store-bought varieties, and they can be personalized in endless ways.