Remembering loved ones is important, and you may want your funeral or memorial cards to have a personal touch. You don’t have to save them for funerals or memorial services; you can also create keepsake cards for birthday parties, graduations or anniversaries. Using free software or templates, you can design, create and print your own memorial cards at home.
Design Your Card
1. Decide what information you want on your card. Typical funeral cards include name, date of birth, date of death, and a personal quote, poem or religious verse. A graduation memorial card may include name, graduation year, school name, courses of study, and favorite quote.
2. Gather images and other graphics. If images are not already in a digital format, scan the photographs. You can search online for clipart, backgrounds, borders and other graphic elements. AllFreeDownload offers a variety of vector graphics and you can find other free images at sites like Public Photo, Stock.xchng and Bigstock Photo.
3. Decide the size of your memorial cards. For this set of instructions, we’ll use Avery 8869 non-perforated business card paper to create 2″ x 3.5″ cards. Other templates for larger card sizes are available.
Use Avery Design & Print Online
4. Open your Web browser and access the Avery Template & Software page. Click to access Avery Design & Print Online.
5. Enter your Avery paper product number or, if you’re not using an Avery paper, “business card” in the Quick Search field. Click “Go.”
6. Click the appropriate template row to select it, and then click “Next.”
7. Browse design categories. Once you locate a design, click it to select it, and then click “Next.”
8. Customize your text and graphics for both the front and back sides of the card using the tools on the left side of the screen. You can change font size, color and position, and add shapes and custom images.
9. Click “Save” to save your card (optional), and then click the “Preview & Print” button.
10. Load your paper, set your print options, and click “Print” to print your cards.
Need some design ideas? Search Google Images for “memorial cards.”
Avery also offers a Microsoft Word add-on that allows you to search for and open Avery templates within Word and downloadable templates for Word.