How to Make a Printable Card Free

by Filonia LeChat

When you've got a special occasion and a store-bought card won't do (or is too expensive), tackle both the financial and creativity issues by creating your own printable cards for free on your computer. Your system comes installed with Paint, a simple drawing and sketching program which may be quickly set up to make printable cards for birthdays, holidays, pen pals or "just because." Within just a few minutes, you can make an entire collection of free printable cards, far more customized than you could find in a store.

Open your Paint program, click "Image" and select "Attributes." Set your preferred card size; for a standard mailable card that also fits into traditional envelopes, set your dimensions at 4 inches by 6 inches and click "OK."

Click the "Paintbrush" tool, select the medium round brush head and choose a paint color from the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the screen. Draw the outline of the card design, such as a flower, balloon, pumpkin or gift box. Click the "Paint Bucket" tool, then click inside the drawing, which fills with the color.

Switch to another paint color and add more designs to the drawing.

Select a new paint color and click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A" on the "Tools" palette. Click under the drawing. If the text toolbar does not appear, pull down the "View" menu and select "Text Toolbar." Choose a font and size, then type the card message, such as "Happy birthday," "Missing you," "Happy Mother's Day" or "Thank you so much."

Give the card a colorful background by changing to a new paint color; choose one you have not used yet. Click the "Paint Bucket" tool again, then click inside the white space of the card, which then fills with the background design color.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.