In this post we introduce you to our series on selling handmade cards. We will be looking through all the important aspects of making a success of your handmade card business, from pricing through to marketing tips. Are you thinking about selling your handmade Christmas cards this year? If the answer is yes, then you need to get a move on and get organised!
Whether you sell one off handmade cards designed to be given to special family and friends or bumper packs of printed cards, you need to ensure you have done a little homework! Barbara shows you her techniques for quick and easy batch making of cards to save you time and money. Lisa, who takes some gorgeous photographs of her work is here to share some very basic steps on editing and enhancing photos using Picasa.
Taking great pictures of your work can help you sell cards online, win papercrafting challenges and get picked to be a design team member! Lisa can well remember the challenges of starting a business from scratch and over a short series of posts offers tips and advice gained over the past decade.
It's like adding another barrier between you and the customer, lots of people won't interrupt you, and you will miss opportunities to talk to browsers. This one-on-one interaction is what massive companies would pay millions for, so use this opportunity to add a face and a personality to your business. One tactic I use to pass the time is to bring some sewing with me, it makes it obvious that the products that I'm selling are made by me, I get work done during quiet times, and it's a way for opening up a dialogue with customers. It has the opposite effect of a book, it makes people curious and I end up talking to lots of people about crafting.
Another handy tip is to wear your product if possible, it shows a pride in your work and it also illustrates how well your pieces look when they are worn. Sometimes it can be a little thing like this that make that last final decision in a sale. This is also something you can do in your everyday life too, I often wear my felt brooches, and if someone comments I tell them I made it and either give them a business card, or tell them that I sell at a local market.
Moo keyring business card holders come in very handy at those times! I know it may seem pushy but you are marketing yourself and your business, and it does lead to sales. Recently I've found my facebook fanpage to be a fantastic resource for the market. It's a great way to advertise locally for free, during the week I post pictures of the things I've made to build up an interest for my weekend market. Then the day before I post a reminder about the market, with opening times and a link to the website. Without fail every week I get a new customer at my stall saying that they were reading about my work on facebook and they came down because they read my update.
I can't recommend it highly enough, it's not that time consuming and it's free! For the past few years things have not always been rosey at the market, sometimes it can be tough. Thanks for this article!! I can't wait to get started. Can you tell me what size note cards to order and what size photos work best? Thank you so much: Can anyone tell me the best way to get a greeting put on the inside of a card am new at this.
Have a lot to learn! I sell a lot of them at the craft shows I attend. I had to come back again and read your wonderful hub. Your tips and information are so very helpful. Thanks again and I will share. This article makes me want to start taking interesting photos and making my own greeting cards! Love your tips to consider regarding putting text on the front of the cards. I love taking photos so this craft idea is perfect for it. The greeting cards look very good too and can be used for family and friends as well as to earn money.
I love this hub very much. You have a great tips here, including the step by step instruction.
The photos you included are the best. Thanks for writing and share with us. We are finally expecting some snow.
Tomorrow night and Christmas Day, we are supposed to get inches! My camera and I can't wait! Yes making greeting cards with your own photos is easy to do and very enjoyable too. Thanks for the comments and vote. I do enjoy taking photos all year round and have great fun looking for ideas for the cards. Thanks for sharing and your votes. Very interesting ideas and so easy to follow.
The greeting cards made this way will always stand out as something very unique and having an individuality of their own. You haven't left out a thing! Excellent step-by-step instruction with beautiful photos. Thanks so very much and voted up, useful and awesome. Will pass this on as well. I love taking pictures and would like to use some of them for greeting cards, I just haven't taken time to do it. This really sounds fairly easy and such a novel idea! Thanks for sharing this information.
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I show you How to make greeting cards from start to finish. Where to get the materials needed to create cards you can sell at a profit. How to make a card that can be used for birthday, Christmas or Valentine day. Where to sell these handmade cards. Advice and tips about taking photos specifically for greeting cards. How to use the Photo Printing Service available. Step by step instructions with videos and photos so it is very easy to follow.
Making Greeting Cards to Sell Spend time preparing your work surface. Get this right and you will not waste any of those precious photos Prepare a space on a table Place some clean paper on the flat surface. Have some smaller clean sheets of paper ready too. Place 4 small sheets onto the larger piece Select the photos you plan to work with.
Separate those for landscape and those for portrait cards. The packets of blank cards come flat so they need to be folded Fold ten of the cards This should be done carefully making sure to join the edges correctly. Have your glue and pen or pencil ready Place your first photo onto a blank card and position it evenly as possible When you are happy take the pen and mark a small spot under each corner.
Do it as close as you can to the edge but never over it. Take one marked card and photo and place in the centre of the work surface. Turn the card over and add the glue. There are two ways you can do this so use whichever you are more comfortable with. I use a bottle of glue and squirt along the sides. It is important not to go too far to the edge. Then I use a paint brush to smooth the glue towards the edge of the photo.
So you've seen friends or a loved one making handmade greeting cards, and you want to give it a go but don't know where to start? Put the card away and do the same for the second card. Good luck and enjoy what you create! Alternatively buy two notice boards and hinge in the middle so they can be free standing. Hello Edwige, All the details you need to know are in the article above. Password Forget your password?
This must be done carefully so as not to have too much glue on the edge. Using the Glue This prevents the glue from spilling out onto the card as you stick the photo onto it. Place the photo carefully onto the card.
You only get one chance at this so use the marks you made earlier. Use a dry clean cloth to smooth down the edges. Do not use your fingers. You may think they are clean but there is bound to be some dirt on them. Put the card away and do the same for the second card. Place both of these on a flat surface and add an A4 clean sheet of paper on top Place a book or other heavy object on top of this.