If you enjoy using your computer to make your own greeting cards, consider trying out some free programs. These programs allow you to create and customize your cards with just a few clicks.
Free Downloadable Card Making Software
Crafters in search of free downloadable card making software have a number of options to consider.
HP Photo Creations
HP Photo Creations is a free program you can use to make your own personalized greeting cards, announcements, invitations, photo books, and calendars. This program is ideal if you want to add photos of friends and family to your cards. The Windows version is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, and Windows® 10. The Mac version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.9+.
Serif Page Plus
Page Plus is an amazing free desktop publishing program that lets you design greeting cards as well as brochures, fliers, newsletters, and other documents. The basic version of the program is free, or you can choose to upgrade to the premium software by paying a small fee. The program is downloaded right onto your computer and has all the templates and images you'll need.
Craft Artist Compact
Serif's Craft Artist Compact is a free program that can be used to make both greeting cards and digital scrapbook pages. New free kits are available for download each month, and you can choose to purchase additional graphics if desired.
Card Making Templates for Microsoft Word
While most people associate Microsoft Word with basic word processing functions, this software can actually be used to design your own greeting cards. Microsoft Office Online is the best resource for finding free greeting card templates to use with Microsoft Word. A number of styles are available and the site is very easy to navigate.
Microsoft Greeting Cards Studio
Microsoft also offers a free Greeting Cards Studio app for making photo greeting cards. A limited selection of frames and graphics comes with the app, but users can choose to purchase additional items if desired. You will need either Windows® 8.1 or Windows® 10 to use the app.
ArcSoft Print Creations
ArcSoft Print Creations comes in both Mac and PC versions. It features an extensive selection of templates, as well as built in photo editing tools to enhance your images before you add them to your card making project.
Scribus is an open-source version of the desktop publishing software used by professional graphic designers. Learning how to create your own cards in this program will require some time, but the results can be well worth the extra effort. Different publishing techniques and layouts are available from the program.
Cloud Based Card Making Programs
If you're worried about accidentally downloading viruses and malware, or you're working on a shared public computer, you may prefer card making programs that are cloud based.
Canva has multiple card templates for customizing. Share your finished creation via social media or download a PDF for printing.
Greetings Island lets you customize, download, and print cards free of charge. Some designs even have matching envelopes you can customize and print. There is also an option to send your project as an e-card if you don't have easy access to a printer.
The Avery Wizard makes it easy to design and print greeting cards using your favorite Avery stationery products. There are three free programs available for use:
- Avery Design and Print Online, which has thousands of templates and clip art for use
- Avery Wizard for Microsoft Office, which can lead you through a step-by-step process from creation to printing
- Avery Templates, which are simple and easy to use templates that you can customize yourself
No download is required; just activate the program and start designing.
Google Docs offers templates for making greeting cards. However, since anyone can upload a template to share, the quality of the designs varies widely.
With the number of free programs available for card making, you're sure to find a good fit with your interests and needs. Try several different programs to find the one you enjoy using that returns results that you will be happy with.