Personalized Cards & Envelopes + GIVEAWAY

Hello! One of the best things about making your own cards is that you can personalize them for the recipient. Today I show how to use stamping for personalization… and also a fun design for mass production.

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[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Please know that this card design was heavily inspired by a card over on Concord & 9th – a card the owners created. Greg and Angie said it would be great if I shared how to make it in a video – they hadn’t had time to do so yet. Thank you to them! Be sure to check out their great blog HERE.

I am always in need of birthday cards, so I decided to sit down and make a bunch. And what better way to make a birthday card then with a personalized message! This design is excellent for mass-producing and having ready for personalization when needed.

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For my cards, I used the new Concord & 9th Happy Words Stamp Set to form the birthday sentiments. (Look closely at the set – it can be used to create many happy messages!) Be sure to watch the video for tips on lining it up and mass-producing. Although I used the MISTI stamping tool, I show how you can create these cards without one.

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After all the sentiment stamping, I personalized the cards by stamping the person’s name with the Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned Stamp Set. This set is amazing! The trick is to stamp each letter one at a time… allowing the letters to overlap a bit. It is easier than you think! So much easier to stamp than letters that need to be lined up perfectly. This one is forgiving!

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This design is a fun way to experiment with new inks and color combinations.

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I even created a few with an ombre look…

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I finished off the cards with a bit of accent stamping, Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen and mists of Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. The sparkle is such a great added touch to this simple one layer card.

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Although I stamped names on a few of my cards, I left many without names. That way I have some I can personalize in the future when needed…

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In the video, I also show how I like to personalize envelopes with the Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned Stamp Set.

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It is definitely worth the added time to make the envelope look nice too. You could just use the cursive letters for the name and hand-write the rest of the address if you wanted to save time.

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By the way – in the video I also gave a peek at the newest Tsukineko Delicata Inks, including Black Shimmer, White ShimmerDark Brown Shimmer, and Celestial Copper. I will do more videos with these great inks in the future.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Concord & 9th? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 10/24/16 telling me if you ever personalize your cards. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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307 thoughts on “Personalized Cards & Envelopes + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I sometimes personalise my cards with and old dymo label maker. This would be such a way to freshen up personalisation! Thanks for sharing

  2. I like to personalize my cards using die cut letters, but the Concord & 9th set would make it easier!

  3. Love how easy this stamp set will make personalizing cards. I rarely personalize beyond theme because nothing looks just right and I don’t really care for mixing a printed portion with a stamped image. Would love to win a gift certificate to purchase this set for sure!

  4. Fabulous design! As always your ideas are so inspiring! I love to personalize cards and gifts as much as possible, thank you very much for all you do and share!

  5. I’ve personalized a few of my cards but haven’t routinely done it. After seeing this, now I want to personalize all of the cards I send out! ?

  6. I love personalized cards! I try to do them whenever I have a chance to. This stamp set is a must have! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I haven’t thought about personalizing my cards before! The tutorial really helps give me an idea on how to start 🙂

  8. I try to personalize cards, but don’t have the great script stamps to do so. (probably my next purchase) I do try to make them special for a persons tastes, though. I think people feel really special when they know you used designs or colors that speak to them.

  9. What a beautiful font! I have done wedding invitations, birthday invites, as well as baby shower announcements, but they have all been done on my computer. How awesome it would be to make them even more personalized by stamping them myself!!!! Thanks for this great opportunity to obtain this stamp set. I love it!!!

  10. What a great idea! I don’t often personalise cards, but have done on occasion for family and close friends. I’ve done it either with alphabet stamps, an embossing label maker or an old typewriter. My calligraphy skills aren’t good enough to risk ruin a card front, which is where those gorgeous calligraphy stamps would come handy, but I have addressed some envelopes using a calligraphy nib and gouache.

  11. Great card! Just received the Perfectly Penned stamp set and can’t wait to start personalizing my cards and envelopes.

  12. I love the personalized birthday cards. Thank you so much for the tip on mounting the stamps on acetate I needed it.

  13. a long time ago, I used to write in calligraphy (a lost art), this would be much easier to personalize with the Concord & 9th script stamp set than calligraphy. Love this stamp set & love the cards – FANTASTIC

  14. I am delighted by all the different approaches and techniques I learn with your videos. I’d love to be able to purchase the letters as a winner. I have about 20 staff and always send handmade cards. Personalizing it even more, would make them that much more special.

  15. I just personalized two birthday cards about a month ago, it was my first time. I love your card and the way you showed/explained how to mass produce.

  16. I have personalized a couple of cards. Usually for the little ones in my life because they get a kick out of seeing there name on a card : )

  17. For many of the cards that I make I have a particular receiver in mind, so I choose design, colors and sentiments accordingly. Thank you for continuously sharing!

  18. I don’t usually personalize my cards, but this stamp set makes it look so easy. I will definitely give it a try.

  19. The most personalization I’ve done is to add the year, e.g., Happy 5th Birthday, but this new stamp set will make it so easy to add names. Love the idea! Love that you did the birthday song, too. The tip about mounting the works on a clear sheet and then using that in the MISTI is priceless. Thanks for another great video and for sharing your creativity with all of us!!!

  20. On occasion I will personalize a card. I’ve also tried envelopes. I’m just not as good at calligraphy as I’d like. I need to get my Concord and 9th Scripty letter stamps out and give them a go. Thanks!

  21. Love your colorful, personalized cards! I’ve never personalized with a name (I do make them specifically for each person, though) but I recently bought the Perfectly Penned stamp set so I’m ready to go! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!!

  22. Yes, I like to personalize my cards if I can. For my son’s birthday this year, I made a card for him with his two cats on them, colored each one the right way and everything. Gave my brother-in-law a birthday card with a Corgi I colored to match his dog. So yeah, I personalize cards 🙂

  23. I like to personalize but more so with things that people like then names. I hate to mess up my card by doing th stamping of names wrong! Love that this has the script and block alphabet and the two rs will make it look so much more realistic!
    God bless!

  24. Hi Jennifer,
    I’m new to your site and so excited to find you. I love love love the sophisticated lettering from concord and 9th as it looks like the handwriting I wish I had. I purchased both the upper case and lower case today and I’m looking forward to personalizing many cards and using for Scrapbooking soon.

  25. I have never personalized my cards, but I will order the stamp set with the alphabet. It looks so fantastic and I love it. Thanks so much for your tutorial videos, I treasure every one of them and learn more and more with each one. Bless you, Jennifer! <3

  26. I usually personalize envelops by adding some heart shaped cut-out with washi tapes used in the hand made card inside, since I don’t have a lot of stamps. I just ordered the perfectly penned set so i’m looking forward to using those to further personalize the cards and envelops! Thanks for featuring the products!

  27. I do personalize most my cards – just because most cards I make are from the start intended for a special occasion or a special person and then it just adds so much more when personalized.
    Your cards are lovely and such an inspiration – thanks for sharing!

  28. The personalized you created are really nice. I think everyone likes to receive a card made just for them. Thanks for a chance to win.

  29. I sometimes personalize my cards, since I have the freedom to do so. Wish my handwriting wasn’t so sloppy though!

  30. Oh how I love the personalization! I have done some in the past with my own handwriting but it never turned out the way I wanted. I think I get those urges after watching Kristina! Ha! Love this stamp set. It is a must have.

  31. I don’t personalize my cards with names but I do make them with the person in mind so they are personalized in that way.

  32. I have not personalized my hand made cards but I can’t wait to try your ideas!! Thank you for the inspiration as always!

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