DIY Personalized Notecards
August 29, 2013
I love personalized notecards with names and monograms, they add something extra special to written correspondence. I decided to make my own notecards with designs I created so I that I had an abundance of choices when I needed to print and send a quick note as a thank you or to attach to a gift.
Adding fonts or typography to images can be done with Photoshop or Illustrator but many people don’t have access to that software. You can do it with Microsoft Word too as long as you have a template to start with and use the Text Box tool. Here’s how I created all of these personalized note cards with downloadable templates and Microsoft Word.
First, just a bit of background on the designs themselves: I made them by playing in Photoshop Elements, creating diagonal stripes, a Greek key pattern, a confetti pattern, and using my leopard fabric pattern repeat too. I used basic Photoshop Elements shapes to create the rectangle, square or oval label on top (glimpse below).
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To create the printable templates, I used Microsoft Word with the Microsoft Office 2010 software. If you have Microsoft Word, download any of the notecard Word templates (find them here) and get started adding your own text or monogram. Insert a simple text box over the top of the template where you want to place your font.
Make sure you choose “no fill” for both the Shape Fill and the Shape Outline selections, which makes the edges and background of the text box transparent (just like in Photoshop and Illustrator, wahoo!)
Choose the style and color font you wish to use from any of the fonts stored on your computer using the font selection tool in Word (see list of font suggestions below).
You can move the text box around to center your type or get creative with its placement.
Hey I know that girl…
I saved my final notecard Word docs as a PDF for better quality printing. I found that my printer didn’t want to print a Word doc outside a “printable area” but it was fine with a PDF.
These templates are all formatted to work with Avery quarter fold greeting cards (I found mine at Staples) but you can print them on your own basic 8 ½ x 11” white cardstock and trim them with scissors.
I ended up with a thin white border on many of the designs, but again you can trim your notecards with scissors if you prefer a clean edge.
Use the templates to make personalized or monogrammed note cards…
… or to add your own generic, celebratory, or cheeky sentiments.
Pack them up in the envelopes for when you need them for gifts or correspondence.
Looking to add to your font collection? Check out my Pinterest Typography and Fonts board which will lead you to a lot of good ones.
If you want to skip the “add your own font” part and simply download these printable notecards, find them here.
Easy, creative, and fun! My favorite kind of DIY project.
Enjoy the templates and printables !