Fun way to make greeting cards

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So, back in the day, I loved making greeting cards with PrintMaster Plus for the Commodore 64. We would print them out on a dot matrix printer (black and white). Modern custom greeting cards are a lot different. I miss PrintMaster Plus, but it's basically back in the 1980s.

So, it hit me today that it would be easy to simulate something like PrintMaster Plus without a computer. I mean, all you need is a proper collection of stencils or stamps, and away you go.

The old PrintMaster Plus didn't use photographs (which are a hallmark of commercial greeting cards and modern custom greeting cards). They didn't have pre-set taglines. They had borders, and stamp-like pictures (not huge ones, and not with scenery and stuff). You could print them on regular paper, and just fold it. Most importantly, it guided you through a wizard, had you pick a border, maybe frames or patterns, the non-photo images, and the text, and whatever else (it didn't just have a list of cards that you picked between and changed the text or added your own photographs).

Anyway, it was fun. Some modern greeting card systems might be cool and fun, too, but they're pretty photograph-centric, and you tend to need special paper to print the stuff on. They don't tend to have cool customizable borders and things, either.

So, I got to thinking and realized that PrintMaster Plus basically looked like something that could be made entirely with stencils (or stamps). So, just get some cool border stencils, and graphic stencils, and alphabet stencils--and away you go. The possibilities are endless. No computer necessary. No printer necessary. You can even make your own frame stencils, border stencils, graphic stencils, and such.

I've always been a fan of stencils and stamps--but I've rarely, if ever, had any.

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Okay, so here's an example of what we need:

* Frame stencils (for the outside front of the card)
* Border stencils (to go directly inside the frame, or to outline the borders of the inside of the card, or some such)
* Graphic stencils (like birthday cakes, hearts, Christmas trees, and animals and stuff)
* Alphabet stencils (to write taglines, if desired, the message, or whatever)
* Pattern stencils (maybe for the back of the card, to make it look fancy)
* Header/footer stencils (for enclosing text above/below)

Here are some links to stencils that might work:

Border:
* https://www.amazon.com/CrafTreat-Stencil-Reusable-Painting-Scrapbook/dp/B07MFV8C81/
* https://www.amazon.com/Stencils-Reusable-Template-Painting-Ceramics/dp/B092PW9VJF/

Birthday theme (note that you don't necessarily have to use the entire stencil every time):
* https://www.amazon.com/Konsait-Birthday-Stencils-Templates-Scrapbook/dp/B08R3YXH5F/
* https://www.amazon.com/Color-Factory-Adhesive-Multi-Media-Birthday/dp/B07K1MB5WN/
* https://www.amazon.com/She-Love-Stencils-Self-Adhesive-Transfers/dp/B08KXYHWB3/

Hearts:
* https://www.amazon.com/Template-Painting-Reusable-Notebook-Scrapbook/dp/B08Q2X2537/

Here are some things we might want stencil graphics for:
hearts
stars
Christmas trees
nativity scene
holly/mistletoe
santa
presents
animals
birthday cakes
pizza
Thanksgiving dinner
cornacopia
nativity scene
Santa claus
reindeer
wedding couple
baby
mother
father
girl
boy
brother
sister
house
clouds
roses
flowers
plants
vines
ivy
trees
rivers/streams
constellations
ice cream
parties
balloons
food
spaghetti
fruit
pumpkins
bats
ghosts
and so on and so forth
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