Using Your Printer - for letters, words & quotes
Your printer can open a whole new world to personalising your cards, from a
simple Happy Birthday, to monograms, quotes, dates and times, anything you
want, and you needn't worry if you don't have a stamp or peel off to suit.
Big thank you to Jackie
Okey-Dokey for all her lovely
examples that she did for this article.
I have put a selection of images on
this page to give you more ideas and are bigger images,
than shown here.
You can print directly onto your card, or print onto a seperate piece of paper
or card and then cut out or use a punch to out. Circle and tag punches are
great for this type of thing, but there are loads of other shapes that are
ideal. Don't forget to experiment printing on other surfaces too, such as
acetate and vellum.
Inking around the edges can also give a nice finish. Mount onto your card
using double sided tape or double sided sticky pads.
Individual letters and words
With a printer you can print any sentiment you like, there are many free fonts
available – again check out the or check out the links
There are loads of fonts that you can download for free, and are perfect for your projects. If you intend to sell it might be worth checking that it is copyright free, there are many that are so
you should find something. I stumbled across this site and it has some fantastic fonts Kevin and Amanda
Or you could print really big letters and cut around them – ideal for monograms
or short words, or if you can't face cutting around them, punch out individual
letters with a shaped punch. Inking the edges of the sentiment adds some
depth and you can also embellish with other bits and bobs.
Here is page I made for a circle journal, I printed a selection of words,
changing the colours of the letters and the fonts. Then I cut them at
angles and inked the edges for a funky look.
The sentiment on this 'goes down' the page, it was printed on pearl paper and
cut with a trimmer.
Words or Music for a background
Make some background papers with words/greetings or download some music
score. You can print the in different fonts, colours and on different
coloured card/paper. There are some samples that I have produced
here at the end of the page, you can easily do this type of
thing in Word or Excel, using fonts that are installed on your computer.
Here is a set of pink greetings for you to
I printed a complete page of the download onto pink card and then cut a
strip for this card.
Here is a card I made some time ago, using the same piece of card.
Word Art in MSword can be fun to play with and will allow you to put words in
circle, curves different colours and a variety of shapes.
To get the WordArt tool bar go to --> view -->toolbars -->
WordArt. Many of the paint shop/photo shop type products will let you do
this, but might take a little while to learn.
I have designed some circles here in
Word and you can change the text to your own.
Jackie made this one using Word putting a coloured border around it.
Here is a card I made, using the text circle available on the site.
Word as the focal point
You can make your words the focal point of your cards, either with the
greeting, or search around for that perfect quote - there are a number
available here or check out
the links pages for a poem or quote.
Here is a card a that Jackie has made.
Joanne has made this card - the sentiment was computer generated and embossed
with gold detail embossing powder
You can make your own rub ons with an inkjet printer and acetate - Joanne
(AngelNorth) from the forum has tried it and has made the following comments -
this is the basic
method - although you don't always get absolutely crisp
transfer, it's fun and would be great for projects with a slightly more
grungy/eroded look to allow for imperfect transfer! version:
This is a stepped-up - I haven't tried this so don't know how
well it works. You can do image transfers with laser printers and acrylic paint
but I don't know how many people have easy access to a laser printer.
You can use embossing powder and heat emboss with an inkjet. You just need to
print "best quality" and black onto paper or card that is not too absorbent and
get the EP on there as fast as possible then carry on as normal. Example
attached - sentiment was computer generated and embossed with gold detail EP.