Cards for friends

No one needs an excuse to send a card just to say ‘hello’ to friends and family, especially those we may not have seen for a while. But, if an excuse was needed to create cards for friends, our fabulous free downloads may spur you on to pick up paper and scissors (or even die-cutting machine) sooner rather than later!

From stylish retro illustrations to cards for animal lovers and keen bakers, take a look at some of our fantastic card ideas and free downloads, to give you a head start on crafting for friends and family members.

If you’re new to card making or just want some new ideas, you’ll find plenty of step-by-step guides in our How to… section, too.

We love to see what you’ve been making, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Plus, while your February crafting is in full swing, take a look at these gorgeous Valentine’s Day ideas and free downloads!


Free sentiments

Perfect for friends who are birds of a feather, this sweet card has been made using circle dies and our free sentiments.


Pinwheels card

Pretty pinwheel templates

Let someone know that they bring a ray of sunshine to your life with a gorgeous card. Download our free templates to create pretty pinwheels, perfect for cards, cake toppers and more!


Teapot gift bag

Teapot gift box template

When it comes to close family and friends, there’s always time for one more cup of tea! Use our free template to create this lovely teapot gift box to invite someone round for a catchup and a cuppa!


Elegant ladies cards

Stylish designs

Download these free elegant lady designs and sentiments for some chic greetings.


Owl card

Cute owl cards and free templates

Let your friends know that you think they’re a hoot, with these adorable designs. Use our free templates and step-by-step guide to help you create a parliament of owl cards for wise friends!


Country quilt free papers

These colourful papers and sweet sentiments are perfect for cards for friends. The collection comes with birthday greetings as well as those that can be used for lots of different occasions, to let someone know you’re thinking of them.


Moroccan-inspired free papers 

Whisk your friends away to the winding streets of Marrakesh with this stunning collection of Moroccan-inspired papers that are a vision in blue.


Safari free printables

These fun downloadable designs are great for quick ‘hello’ cards, making children’s birthday cards and more!


Biscuit printables

With sentiments that work well for belated birthdays, Valentine’s Day and general greetings, these cute cookie designs are wonderfully versatile.


Japanese Dream papers

These pretty papers will help you create a colourful card for friends and family. With floral touches, butterflies and lantern-patterned papers, you can make some stunning designs.


Vintage letter free papers

These gorgeous retro designs are perfect for sending little notes to friends. With dinky envelope toppers, pretty patterned papers and sweet sentiments for keeping in touch, you can’t go wrong with a bit of snail mail!


Papercraft Inspirations issue 151 dinosaur card templates

Free dinosaur templates

Send this cute character to someone special, to brighten their day. Use our free templates to create a cool dino design for thank yous, children’s birthday cards and more!


Paper patchwork template

Download our free template to help you create this gorgeous patchwork design. Add a special sentiment or a friendly greeting and you’ve got a versatile card to suit lots of different occasions.