Learn how to create personalized greeting cards using GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus. This year I decided to change things up a bit and do some cards for my family, friends, co-workers and calligraphy guild members (card exchange).
I created 60 personalized 5″ x 7″ (A7) greeting cards. Each card had a persons (or family’s) name done in authentic calligraphy draped on top of seasonal stock photography and textures. The inside of the cards have greetings also done in authentic calligraphy — around six greetings that are mixed and matched with the cards. I also created a couple of stock cards for events that come up throughout the year.
This project workflow consisted of starting in GIMP for processing the background images and the typeface itself, then Inkscape for the layout of each card (outsides & insides), then Scribus for the production of a single 120 page PDF (version 1.4) file that was sent to the print shop. This was a really fun project that anyone can do using completely FREE software.
Overall I am really happy with the outcome. The quality of the print job was exceptional. It is unusual to get a completely personalized card with your name on it so everyone has expressed thanks and some have said they look forward to next year. I really love the look of these cards. The printing specifications include
- 5″ x 7″
- Double sided
- Scored & folded
- Full bleed printing (added 1/8″ around – 7.25″ x 10.25″)
- FSC Standard Gloss Cover – White – 111lb paper
- Uses standard A7 Envelopes
Your family photo, custom calligraphy or anything design oriented can be created. Create these yourself using GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus!
Cheers & Seasons Greetings
They are really beautiful!!
Fabulous, Steve! What an encouragement for the rest of us to try combining our calligraphy with technology!
You should offer a course on this, it would be wonderful!
I do have two courses that teach this at http://gimpmagazine.org/courses . The Digital Arts Course and Desktop Publishing Course. If I can get enough people I would be happy to offer a live custom course around just cards.