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Create Cards

Updates: April 10, 2024

  • All cards and bookmarks must be 100% handmade. Please focus on creating uplifting cards with general themes to be enjoyed year-round.  

  • We are currently running low on the following cards and would appreciate your help in creating them: 

    • Non-seasonal English children's cards

    • Military-themed cards: view sample messages

    • Cards for seniors

    • Cards in Spanish

    • Dog-themed cards

  • If you plan on making seasonal cards, please send them to us at least one month before the holiday. This will ensure enough time to review, count, package, and ship the cards before the holiday. 

  • Email acknowledgments: If you provide us with an email address inside your package, you will receive an automated email. Please note that we only send emails after we have counted and sorted your cards, not upon receipt.

    • Our lovely volunteers must manually input the data provided by the cardmaker, so there may be errors. Please make sure that the information you provide is legible. We apologize in advance for any errors or omissions that may occur.

When packaging your cards, please label the outside of your box/envelope with the type of cards included (see example here).​

Creating cards is a simple way to give back individually, with family and friends, as an organization (group or club), or as a corporate involvement project.

On this page, you'll find instructions for:

  1. Planning a group event

  2. Making cards independently

  3. Packaging your cards

  4. Mailing your cards

How To Plan A Group Event

1. Set a time and location for attendees to make cards. 2. Ensure participants have enough art supplies to make at least two cards. If you need help with what to get, check out the Recommended Supplies PDF below. 3. Remind the participants to write positive messages in their cards. Cards with messages like 'Get Well Soon' cannot be delivered. To ensure all your cards succeed, refer to our Friendly Reminders PDF. 4. Encourage everyone to sign their first name and location, for example, "From Angie in Ann Arbor, MI". 5. Please take pictures or screenshots and a group photo of the artists holding their cards throughout the event. Post them on social media, tag @cardzforkidz, and email them to photos@cardzforkidz.org. Please note that we may use these images on our social sites, website, newsletter, and other promotional materials. 6. Follow the instructions below to package and mail us your cards.

Make Cards As An Independent Artists

1. First, gather all necessary art supplies! If you need help with what to get, check out the Recommended Supplies PDF below. 2. Once you have the supplies, start making the cards. Make sure to write positive messages on them. However, messages like 'Get Well Soon' cannot be delivered. To ensure all your cards succeed, refer to our Friendly Reminders PDF. 3. Please sign your first name and location,​ i.e., From Angie in Ann Arbor, MI. 4. After you have made the cards, take pictures of yourself holding your artwork. Post them on social media, tag @cardzforkidz, and email them to photos@cardzforkidz.org. Please note that we may use these images on our social sites, website, newsletter, and other promotional materials. 5. Finally, follow the instructions below to package and mail us your cards.

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Card Making Overview

This video can be played before your next card making event

Hosting Tips

Background information on Cardz For Kidz and best practices for hosting an event. 

Friendly Reminders

Printable table reminders such as Do's and Don'ts, example card designs and messages,

Recommended Supplies

A list of preferred supplies that are easily decorated, durable, and able to be cherished for a long time. 

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Packaging Your Cards

To ensure the safety of your cards during transport, we recommend placing them in a plastic sealable bag before shipping.

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Mailing Your Cards

Send completed cards to:

Cardz For Kidz

516 N. Ogden Ave. #177

Chicago, IL 60642

Kindly label the outside of your box or envelope with the type of cards inside (see example here)


Email us photos of the artist and their cards to photos@cardzforkidz.org to be featured on our social media pages.

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