Make a Father's Day Card

Show Dad you care.

Father's DayCard
Dad is your hero, he always knows just what to do to make the world seem better. This year on Father's Day, show him how much he means to you.

Creating a custom Father's Day Card is as easy as opening a document, adding a few touches and pressing the print button. You don't even have to print, you can just send a PDF version to his email or post it on his Facebook page. In fact, it's so easy, you'll be making one for every Dad you know! It's so simple -- and it makes such an impact. Here's how:

Step 1: Choose Your Design

Your first action should be to pick the design of the card you'd like to send. If your Dad is fairly conservative, you can find a classically elegant design. If he has a great sense of humor, find a card that will make him grin. If you're making one for a new father, you'll even find cards that include photographs of the new baby.

Step 2: Personalize Your Card

Once you choose the template you like best, you'll see some icons to download the card. If you select "personalize" you'll be able to edit your choice "live" on our site. It's just another way to make things even easier when creating beautiful, original cards. Try this option out -- you'll be hooked. If the card is available to personalize online, you'll see that in the download options box. Follow the instructions and you'll end up with a PDF file that you can send electronically, print or save.

Alternate Step 2: Download the Document

Or, when you see the download options, click on the Word icon. A word document version of the card will open and you can edit and save it to your desktop.

Step 3: Save Immediately...and Frequently

As soon as the document is open, save it in a file, on a disk or on the desktop. As you make changes, no matter how small, continue to save. If you're using the personalize online version, your saved copy will be in the "my home" section of the site saved under "templates."

Step 4: Make Your Changes

If you're editing online, all you need to do is replace the copy in the boxes on the left with the copy you want. Click the refresh button and you should see your changes on the card. If you want to make more robust changes, download the word document then click on an area of text you'd like to change. A box should appear around the area. Click within the box and make your changes -- a different font size, type or color, for instance, or a larger image.

You can also delete or insert images. Right-click and click on "delete" to take an image out. Click on "insert" and then "picture" to retrieve a different image from your computer and add it to your cards.

Step 5: Pick a Printing Option

If you're using the online version, you'll end up with a PDF file that can be printed from home, taken to the printer on a data stick or just emailed or posted on Facebook. If you chose the word document, you'll print from home or with a printer. Consider your paper choice as well. Different weights of paper will produce different effects. Generally, the heavier and shinier the card paper, the more formal a look you'll achieve. Visit your local office supply store so you have card stock on hand when you're ready to print. You can either purchase the paper and print it right from your home or work printer or you can also have the cards printed for you at most chain office supply stores so you can free up your printer (and some spare time).

The choice is up to you. Show dear old Dad you care: send a card that's custom designed…and all with just a computer, a template and your own creativity.

Written by: Dawn Applegate