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Design Free Printable Greeting Cards for All Occasions

By Rach DePaoli | Designer Tutorials

Even with the world going digital, greeting cards continue to be a staple for conveying thoughts and sentiments to the people we care most about, especially greeting cards for all occasions. That’s the good part about greeting cards is that they can be sent as a holiday greeting card for Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day, or to convey more intimate sentiments like thank you’s, anniversaries, and well-wishes.

We are going to show you how you can design your own 5x7 greeting card using BeFunky’s Graphic Designer. The best part is that you can create your very own greeting cards for free from our selection of free greeting card templates. If you have a BeFunky Plus account, there are endless options available for you.

Design Inspiration for Making a Custom Greeting Card 

We have dozens of pre-made 5x7 greeting card templates, which is the standard size for greeting cards on the market. These design templates have been designed by professionals to make creating your own greeting card easier than ever. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite options for each of these categories.

Celebratory Greeting Cards

Celebrations of all kinds are a great reason to send a greeting card. These can include major life events like graduations or weddings, or they can include greetings for specific holidays!

celebrating greeting cards

Good greeting card holidays include Christmas, Easter, Diwali, and any other holiday you celebrate. This is a great time to send greeting cards in order to update your friends and family.

Here are some BeFunky Plus greeting card templates that you can look at in order to get inspiration for your own designs.

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Sentimental Greeting Cards

Sentimental greeting cards are a great way to send someone well wishes or a thank you for helping you with something you need. Here are some of our favorite free options for sentimental cards.

sentimental greeting card

You can send a greeting card of encouragement, or simply tell someone that you’re thinking of them. I find that sending get well cards to people who are sick is a great way to cheer them up.

thanks greeting card

If you are having a hard time figuring out what kind of greeting card to send someone, you can send a thank you for any reason – even for them simply being them!

How to Design a Free Printable Card for All Occasions 

BeFunky has tons of templates to choose from. You can either choose a template and change the text for a quick and easy greeting card, or you can easily customize templates to achieve the exact design you want. We are going to start with one of our free templates in BeFunky’s Graphic Designer to get started. We are going to design a 5x7 card since this is the standard size for greeting cards on the market. You can design with the same dimensions or start with a blank canvas for a custom size. You can also set the dimension as a landscape or a portrait, depending on the orientation you want.

Step 1: Choose a Template

Select a design from the Templates tab if you want to use a pre-made design, or select Blank Canvas if you want to create your own and start from scratch. We are going to use a free premade template to create a well-wishes card that says “You’re One Tough Cookie.”

choose greeting card template

Simply, select the template you want to use, and then select Use This Template to start customizing your design.

Step 2: Add Your Own Image

If you have a design that has an image in it that you need to change, here is how to do it.

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Select Image Manager from the left-hand menu. You can either select your own image to put in there by selecting Computer or you can choose from thousands of free stock images that BeFunky offers by selecting Stock Images. Simply select the images you want once the search menu pops up and the images will be automatically added to your Image Manager library. 

You can then drag and drop your image from the Image Manager and hover it over the image of your choice on your design. When you release, the image will automatically populate into the area.

customize greeting card image

With the new image selected, you can customize things like Size, or add a Border, Color Overlay, or Tint. I choose these customizations when I need to alter the image so that it doesn’t take away from the message of the greeting card. For this one, I am adding a Border to the image and adding a slight white Color Overlay by moving the Opacity down to 13. I am also adjusting the size of the image by clicking and dragging the corner of the image inward and then repositioning it so that it is centered on the canvas.

Step 3: Add Personalized Text

Next, we are going to adjust the text. Our message is going to say, “You’re One Tough Cookie.” You can either use this if you are creating a well-wishes card, or use your own phrase!

Select the Text tab from the left-hand menu. Next, double-click on a text box in the design and type in your custom text. Do this with each text box in your design.

add greeting card text

You can then customize your text further by adjusting the Font, Size, Color, and more in the Text Properties menu that appears when you single-click any text box in your design. If you want to add more text boxes, select a text box and press “D” on your keyboard to duplicate your text, or select Add Text from the Text menu. I usually like to duplicate my text because it also duplicates the text properties that you have assigned to that specific text box.

Step 4: Customize Your Greeting Card Design

I like to make sure that all of my colors are synced at this point. For this design, I need to adjust the background color and you can do this by selecting the Customize tab in the left-hand menu. 


Select the first swatch and then choose the background color of your choice.

If you want to add any graphics to your design, select Graphics from the left-hand menu and then select Search Graphics to select some new design elements from our catalog of over a thousand free graphics. 

graphics for greeting card

I like this design without any added graphics, but if you choose to add some, simply search for the graphic you want, click it, and it will be automatically added to Your Graphics. When you are done selecting your design elements, exit out of the screen in the top right corner.

Next, click and drag your element from the library to the canvas and position it where you want it. With the graphic selected, you can then customize the Graphic Colors and even add a drop shadow if you want. 

Step 5: Save Your Custom Greeting Card

When you are finished with your design, head up to the Save tab. We are going to send this as a physical card, so we need to save it as a PDF and make sure that the Print tab is selected. If you are sending this as a digital card, you can simply save it as a JPG. When you are finished with your settings, select the Save button.

save custom greeting card

At this point, I like to select Save as Project so that if I need to make any changes in the future, I will have a copy that I can edit at a later time.

Design Standout Greeting Cards With BeFunky

Whether it's a holiday, celebration, or you just want to say a quick thank you, BeFunky’s Graphic Designer makes designing your own custom greeting card easier than ever. Not only is designing your own greeting card a cheaper alternative to purchasing one in the store, but it also allows you to customize the message and the design exactly how you want it.

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