Every year or so I stitch up a bunch of greeting cards that I use in all kinds of situations. I just finished a new set, so I thought I'd share the process and include all the materials I use.
I start by ordering blank cards and envelops. These are 5x7 and work great with a 4x6 image. Here's a link to the set of 50 I like.
I also order 50 4x6" photos from Shutterfly. I just go through my recent work and crop them to a nice detail. I think I chose about ten different images and ordered five of each. I ordered glossy prints this time, but I think I prefer matte.
Then I stitch the photo to the card using a coordinating thread color and a wide stitch. I start in the middle of the bottom of the image and stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge.
I leave the threads long...
Then trim them a little.
Here's what they look like from the inside.
Several years ago I ordered a self-inking personalized stamp from Etsy. It took several weeks to arrive, so I'm not sure I'd recommend that particular shop, but you can easily find lots of options and decide what info you want to include.
I use this same stamp for the back of my small art quilt collages that are mounted on mat board.
Ta Da! I'm not sure it's "easier" than ordering professionally printed cards. It's probably cheaper. It's also easier to get multiple images, usually when you order printed cards, you order just one design. Plus, I like that they feel a little hand-made and it's certainly not a difficult project.
Let me know if you make some!