How to Create Photo Cards in 3 Easy Steps

by Virginia Lu

Hello Altenew friends! It's Virginia here. As we approach our summer months in North America, that doesn't mean I have to stop my fun indoor projects! One of my favorite things to do during the summer is turning special photos into photo cards! It is a fun and meaningful activity to do with kids, especially. With the steps below, I hope that you will be inspired to create your very own special photo cards!

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When the Whimsical Flowers & Quotes Stamp Set was released, I knew it was ideal for a photo card. It has an ornate and lovely hand-drawn borders with a fairly large opening in the center. Not only it is suitable for coloring enthusiasts, it is also ideal for creating a photo card! Here are my 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Select a photo and theme: I chose my daughter and son-in-law's wedding photo from last fall. The design of Whimsical Flowers and Quotes Stamp Set pairs well with their elegant clothing. The white-embossing on Vellum Translucent Paper matches my daughter's dress and works well as a photo frame.

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Step 2: Fussy cut, trim, fit and arrange: after embossing the image (in Pure White Embossing Powder) on Vellum Translucent Paper, I cut around the frame from the inside. I trimmed off a few small parts of leaves and branches to make the photo fit in better. When cutting detailed images, I've learned to rotate the paper as I cut.


When gluing the vellum to photo, I used Altenew 3 Pack Glue Tape. It is strong and invisible behind the white embossing. I also added extra glue behind the sequins.

Step 3: Embellish: the Satin White Sequins are beautiful. I only needed a few of them for that extra sparkle.

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Photo cards are perfect for sending to relatives and friends who live far away. I think any of them would LOVE to receive this family photo card!
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Mary-Anne V May 29, 2020 - 9:27 AM

So beautiful…I love the vellum on top of the gorgeous picture. BTW how did you adhere the vellum?

Anonymous May 29, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Hi Mary-Anne V. I used Altenew 3 Pack Glue Tape for gluing vellum and card stock. It is strong and invisible behind the white embossing. I also added extra glue behind the sequins. The post has been edited for that info. Thank you!

Stephanie Lu May 29, 2020 - 10:43 AM

I may be a bit biased, as I am the bride in the photo, but I love this card! Beautiful work as usual, Virginia!

Michele F May 29, 2020 - 10:53 AM

So very lovely! You were so right about that die being perfect for this photo frame, Virginia – and stamping it onto vellum was the first perfect step!

Cindy C. May 29, 2020 - 11:16 AM

What sweet and wonderful project!! I love it!!

Charlen May 29, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Such a gorgeous project @virginialu ?

Pam Garrett May 29, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Beautiful!! What a wonderful use for this charming stamp set. I never would have thought to use it in this way. And your daughter is beautiful, too!

Denise Bryant May 29, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Beautiful photo and card! I love the way the floral design frames the picture!

conil May 29, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Oh so beautiful…ideal frame for this wonderful picture of the happy day. Looks like it was made for the photo. Using vellum was the perfect choice of material. What a terrific idea.

Vera Feldman May 29, 2020 - 11:57 AM

That is the most beautiful card I have seen in a long time. Can’t wait to try and make one. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Hale May 29, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Gorgeous, love the vellum!

Karthikha Uday May 29, 2020 - 12:23 PM

I lovvvve this creative idea and wonderful outcome! The vellum floral frame really suits the photo perfectly :) Thank you for sharing the steps with us!! <3

susiesews4 May 29, 2020 - 12:46 PM

That is such a beautiful card! I haven’t tried working with vellum, but I think I need to.

Anne Datres Hedlund May 29, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Absolute perfection! This type of frame of heat embossed vellum could be in other colors. I am glad you were not afraid to fussy cut the interior to match the picture. Just lovely and it will be a great addition to my cards.

Judy Price May 29, 2020 - 1:06 PM

So beautiful, the card and the couple! Ideal for a first year – and beyond – anniversary card. It would also make an awesome focal point on a wedding quilt!

Erica K. May 29, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Very beautiful couple. The card is gorgeous. The use of the vellum really steps it up to different level. So elegant! Who would not enjoy having their wedding pictures or child’s birth in that frame.
Thanks for sharing.
Erica K.

Annette Gordon May 29, 2020 - 7:04 PM

For my wedding thank you cards, I knew I wanted to add pictures from my wedding on them. However, I wish I had your example and idea back then. I just love this look the vellum, it looks so pretty against the picture. Stunning! I will have to use this idea for christmas cards. (Although, it look me 6 months to send out my thank you notes from my wedding! So might not get them until after christmas. A late New Years holiday card. lol But it would be soo worth it.

jintyoo7 May 29, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Beautiful idea, Virginia – perfect for such a special occasion. :-)

Sue D May 29, 2020 - 10:25 PM

This is beautiful!

Conniecrafter May 29, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Beautiful, it frames the picture so nicely!

Kris May 30, 2020 - 8:27 AM

Love the white embossing on vellum for this card, Virginia! The stamp is, indeed, perfect for picture framing, and I think I’ll use your idea to create a first anniversary picture-card for my daughter this fall! Thanks for this lovely idea :)

Amanda Steele May 30, 2020 - 12:43 PM

Oh wow, this is absolutely beautiful Virginia! What an awesome idea and so well executed too!!

Inkin' Chickie May 31, 2020 - 1:15 AM

I like the look of the embossing on the vellum. Great use of the stamp set for a frame.

Savita May 31, 2020 - 1:47 AM

Very beautiful

lizbechtel69 June 2, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Virginia, this is a beautiful card and a keeper! What a great keepsake too. You have a handsome daughter and SIL. Lucky woman. Thanks for this beautiful and inspiring card!!!! Crafty hugs!

apalmer2019 July 23, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Beautiful photo display, thinking of one similar for my granddaughters 1 year old photos. Thanks for waking up my creativity.

dawnnz July 12, 2021 - 3:06 AM

So beautiful Virginia. This is just gorgeous.

tara prince November 24, 2021 - 11:54 AM

so beautiful


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