Software

How do I... Create holiday cards in Microsoft Word?

By Nicole Bremer Nash

Page Setup

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Holiday greeting cards are a great way to recognize and remember business contacts, friends, and family that you'd rather not buy gifts for, but do want to wish a Merry Holiday and Happy New Year. If you want to add a personal touch, try making your own holiday cards - no special software required. Microsoft Word has everything you need to make create, charming greeting cards for the holidays.

Set the page layout
Before you design the card, you must set the page layout. Go to File | Page Setup (in some versions of Word, the menu may be File | Page Layout).

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26 comments
SchultzyBeckett
SchultzyBeckett

Why bother going to store spending hours looking for a perfect greeting card and then buying something that you don't like? Use our software to create your personalized greeting card. Choose from readymade greeting, verse and then modify the way you like, select and draw shapes and text; resize, tilt, change color, fill with gradient color or do anything with your design elements to make the right card.

thanks

schultzy

SM http://www.exportingart.com/

bronzebrazil
bronzebrazil

Thanks, I have been trying to figure that out for some time now!

MrsBryant8
MrsBryant8

Thank you for the time you took to give step by step screen prints and instructions. One thing you should have mentioned from the beginning was to use heavier paper, at least 24lb. When printing both sides, especially when printing in color, you need that to not have it show through. Light Card Stock is best since most recipients want to stand their cards up. Sincerely, Melissa Bryant Empirical Consulting

arstemmer
arstemmer

I like the idea only wish it was presented in a different format so I could print out the entire directions. Easier for me to follow than jumping from page to page.

jackmcg21
jackmcg21

I am extremely disappointed that Ms. Nash has chosen to use the PC (Politically Correct, not Personal Computer) term "Merry Holiday and Happy New Year" when referring to Christmas cards.

visunk
visunk

This very interesting. We have everything with us but still looking somewhere to buy. I like it because it makes me creative by putting in my own words of expression. Victor Sunu

visunk
visunk

This very interesting. We have everything with us but still looking somewhere to buy. I like it because it makes me creative by putting in my own words of expression. Victor Sunu

gkorablev
gkorablev

It could be more usefull if it contains merging functions. For example - how to print 10 personalized cards from 1 .doc file with list of target names in another file...

father.nature
father.nature

I'm using a Canon iP4300 and have had no problems with it or with an assortment of earlier Canons, HPs and Lexmarks. Suggest checking your printer Properties and selecting card stock. I use Publisher because it allows me to easily arrange blocks of text and images for maximum effect. I long ago made a saved .pub template for greeting cards containing borders, centerfold line and my logo in an appropriate position but otherwise blank, and simply start from that. Once I have an idea and have assembled the necessary graphics to illustrate it, a highly personalized card takes about 20-30 minutes to complete this way. My cards consequently get saved and shown around because of the content, while the canned ones get pitched.

clara.welch
clara.welch

I have made many cards using digital photographs. These are good directions. However, the printers can be very important. The last couple of printers I have purchased do not handle card stock very well (the target printing area will slip while feeding). What printers do you recommend?

john3347
john3347

Even tho I have Office 2003 and Office 2007 including Publisher on both versions, I still use Publisher 97 for my card making. Is is so much simpler and MUCH, MUCH more intuitive than later versions; yet every bit as capable as the newer versions for the greeting card function. I use often 67 or 110 pound paper and print on both sides for single fold cards.

Staccato
Staccato

The last screen shot shows a print range of pages 4-5 instead of 3-4 as stated.

pstanley
pstanley

It's much easier in Microsoft Publisher. I've taught people to make cards in 10 minutes.

The Flaming Maiden
The Flaming Maiden

Personally, I agree that Word is probably not the best option. However, it is very standard -- not everybody has access to a desktop publisher. Plus, this highlights some of Words less-used capabilities.

ladygnome
ladygnome

I'd rather use Powerpoint or Publisher or a card maker program. Word I use for labels, ballots, envelopes, documents.

Xenafan
Xenafan

Wonderful. Definitely a keeper. Al

1Cat2Many
1Cat2Many

Especially if you have to send stuff out en masse and want to personalize with your own pics. The only software I have is MS Works.

Meesha
Meesha

Why would I want to use MS Word when most PCs these days are bundled with Picture IT or Corel Photo or one of a myriad other "free" card, calendar, banner, etc. makers. To many steps to go through for so little payout.

bd1235
bd1235

there is a link in the first text line of the first page to download the whole article.

jhnhth
jhnhth

You can easily print personalised cards by using the mail merge function in Word. Set up a table with your names in one document, and then put the merge field codes in your card document, run the merge and print. Easy peasy.

charleswdavis6670
charleswdavis6670

A method of creating cards was thoughtfully presented. But, so many of you didn't comment on the method, but presented your own. Yes, I also use Publisher. But the subject was Word, and the functions that it offers for those that didn't know. As for that person that stated "everyone has Publisher" doesn't live in the real world. Thank you for your post.

dariced
dariced

That's nice if you can afford those programs.

catzgraham
catzgraham

I think what Ms Nash is doing is for the sheer joy of creating and being creative and to give to her friends the gift of actually caring enough to take the time to make something like this instead of click click print. This takes time and effort and searching for the right words and graphics - I am sure her cards are not as simple as she has illustrated here for the purpose of instruction. It is the same reason home-cooked meals taste so much better than fast food click click -- because of the time and effort to make it special. Thank you Ms Nash for your contribution to this column.

NEES
NEES

You can easily do this by simply setting up a Word Doc, inserting whatever photos & words you want, and printing both sides. Then cut the paper in half. You can print out two cards on every standard size sheet of paper. For a big card, print in Landscape Mode and fold over once. You've got it. I've done it many times. What do you think?

Nsaf
Nsaf

Looking at your profession, you should be able to afford it since you too rip people off.