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Greeting cards are the most simple, run-to gifts that anyone can get. Instead of running off to the shop to get one of those generic cards that say the same things over and over again, why not get artistic and creative and make a customized card. Customized cards are really easy to make nowadays because of the internet. Sites that offer designs and template for any kind of greeting card can be found by just searching it on the net. These sites have card makers, which give you a step-by-step process in making a customized card and printing it out at home.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

These sites allow you to make greeting card out of the many designs that they have to choose from. You can make printable greeting cards just by selecting a design or theme you want and editing it. These printable cards can be used for any occasions and there are some designs that have specific themes such as Christmas, Halloween, and birthdays, just to name a few. Some of the designs can even be used for wedding cards and invitations. Personalizing the cards is easy since all the instructions are given to you and most of the sites are very user friendly.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


One of the most made printable cards is photo greeting cards. These cards allow you to use a photo of something that you or the person you are giving the card to loves. You upload the photo on the site and then add decorations and designs to it. You can also add texts and captions on the photo. Most would use a beautiful photo as the front of the card and just pick out a design with a customized greeting at the back. These photo cards are helpful especially if you don't want to fuss around with designing a card or if you want to make a card that's more sentimental.

You can print out your customized greeting card by yourself or order it from the site. Some sites even offer their printing services at a more affordable price compared to the shops at the malls. If you want to print out your customize greeting cards, you really don't have to use a special printer. You can just use your regular ink jet or laser printer and you're good to go. Make the cards more special by using special paper like parchment, handmade or even recycled that you can but at most arts and crafts stores.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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