Today it’s all about cards that are totally focused on the greetings. I love to use such greetings for CAS cards, but you can make any kind of card with it. It’s also great way to personalize your cards. You could even think of making your own words or sentiments.

Let’s start with the most obvious way to make a lovely greeting on your card: stamping. There are a lot of great sentiment stamps nowadays with beautiful lettering. And…they give you a quick way to add a great message to your card.

You can find an example on this card from Shona Chambers. Everything is focused on the sentiment but the card has some beautiful finishing touches with the stitched border and sequins, so it doesn’t get boring.

Kindness by Shona Chambers, image source Twine around

Sentiment stamps are also great to use with patterned papers, as you can see on this cute card from Kathy.

Sending love by Kathy, image source The Daily Marker

Lea Lawson created a beautiful rainbow effect with the stamping on this card.

Congrats by Lea Lawson, image source Leas Cupcakes and Sunshine

Color effects are a great way to make your sentiment stand out. Julia Altermann also uses some beautiful colors on her card, but on this one it’s the background that gets the color instead of the stamp.

A Friend by Julia Altermann, image source Just One More Card

But there are more ways to create a great focal point greeting. You could also use one of those pretty dies. Inge used a great one from MFT.

You mean the world to me by Inge, image source Blogblom

When talking about focal point greetings, I just couldn’t miss this card from Laura Bassen. Pretty much everything on this card is based on letters. For the background she used a great stencil, made from a die and more die-cuts for the happy. The dies are great to use in combination with a stamp!

Happy Birthday by Laura Bassen, image source Doublestick Heaven

Shaker cards are still very popular and great to use with dies, so you can use these for some great focal point greeting cards. Like this one from Toni.

Happy thoughts by Toni, image source Frankie Helps Craft

I also love this card from I Card Everyone, it’s a combination from a die with some twine. It’s just so pretty!

Hello by I Card Everyone, image source I Card Everyone

And did you already know you can use wood veneer to create a faux letterpress effect? Jocelyn Olsen used it to create this beautiful card.

Love by Jocelyn Olson, image source Red Balloon Cards

If you can’t find the right word in a stamp set or die, you can make your own words with chipboard letters or letter stamps. Ashley Marcu used some chipboard to create this box.

Card box by Ashley Marcu, image source Cherry Hill Design

I have some supplies to share with you to end with!


Neat and tangled, So verry blessed


Avery Elle, Cake and Candles


My Favourite Things, Love Story


Reverse Confettie, Give Thanks


Lil’ Inker, Hello Word Die

If you’re already making Christmas cards, check out this die from Paper Smooches.


Paper Smooches, Christmas Words 2

If you would like the freedom of making your own words, you could try these letters.


Freckled Fawn, Wood Chip Alphabet


Lawn Fawn, Claire’s ABCs

 Enjoy your crafting! – Lucinde

One reply on “Trend Watch – Focal Point Greetings”

  1. I’m always watching for words/sentiments that can be used for multiple card designs. Thanks for taking the time to post this trend. Loved that idea to use twine over cursive writing!

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