27+ Must-Have Free Card Designs

Different occasions call for different types of cards. However, most people do not have enough time, energy, money, or skill to create their own card designs. A simple solution to this dilemma may be the use of card design templates.

Making cards by following a set of instructions or a YouTube tutorial is already hard enough to do. How much more challenging would it be for any person (especially one who is not artistically inclined) to create his or her own greeting card design template, then see through the process of printing them out before finally giving the card to another person? The entire process could be tiring. And for individuals who have a full-time job, it could be a downright waste of time.

That is why learned artists and crafters all around the world are extending us a helping hand in the form of card design templates. Other much generous designers and companies even provide their own design templates for free. And to make all our lives much easier, this article lists thirty (30) different free card design templates. Every card design is available for download at no additional cost to you. Read on!

Free Get Well Soon Cards

Get Well Soon Cards. These cards are usually given to those who are sick, injured, or just feeling down. A certain degree of empathy is required before a person can send his or her well-wishes to another person. That is why recipients of a Feel Better card may often feel a renewed sense of gratitude toward the person/s who sent the greeting card.

When designing Get Well Soon greeting cards templates, it is important to incorporate images and sentiments that will evoke positivism. This may be achieved by using photographs of everyday objects arranged or staged in a whimsical way, by using certain color schemes that will remind someone of love and good health (like the color yellow), by using simple layout designs, or even by incorporating a short yet heartfelt handwritten sentiment on the card itself.

Flat Lay Get Well Soon Card

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The Flat Lay Get Well Soon Card above exemplifies the use of mundane things in the card face. This type of card design may symbolize that life goes on, that the card recipient will be better soon. If you use this card design, you will also be able to write your message to the recipient since the card’s inner page may be left blank.

Giant Get Well Soon Card

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The Giant Get Well Soon Card is an example of using a whimsical approach to card making. Creating a giant greeting card will surely give the recipient a laugh—something that any sick person could certainly benefit from.

The Feel Better Card Design sample shown below follows a pale yellow color scheme and the sentiments were written in non-ostentatious cursive font styles.

Free Feel Better Card Design

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Free Business Cards

As its name implies, business card design templates are very important in business. A business card works like an elevator pitch in printed form. A good business card introduces you or your business to any individual in a memorable manner. Even if using business cards has fallen out of practice over the past few years, you may still create different types of business cards that will help enhance your brand’s image.

Bordered Marketing Student Business Card

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This Bordered Business Card may also double as a student card. This card design will suit those who want simplicity on their own card designs. It does not take much to recreate the card design above since the template is available from Canva and may be printed right away after editing it.

Freebie Business Card

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The Freebie Business Card Template above is available in multiple color schemes. You may even use your own photo as part of the card design. As with all business card templates, you may edit the card to add your corporate logo, seal, or registered trademarks.

Cake Shop Business Card Design

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Zebra Pattern Student Business Card

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Another business card that can double as a student card is the Zebra Pattern Card above. But if you are no longer a student, you may edit this portion of the card and add your own occupation or designation.

Free ID Cards

ID Cards. Identity Document cards can be considered as belonging to a special sub-classification of cards since these cards are mostly used in official functions like going to school, work, or traveling legally. Simple ID cards are issued by different organizations as proof of membership and/or as a way to earn and reap benefits. In the government, ID cards are used to officially prove one’s identity. ID card designs issued by governments or their authorized agency considered legal and valid for use in different government transactions.

Student ID Card Template

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Multipurpose Office ID Card Design Template

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Free Birthday Greeting Cards

Birthday Greeting Cards. Birthdays are the number one occasion for which greeting cards are given. This is the reason why greeting card companies release a lot of variations of this card throughout any given year. If you want to create your own birthday card template, you may follow the example of the different free birthday card designs listed below. All of these cards are downloadable at no extra charge. And if you have an image editing software like Adobe Photoshop installed in your computer, you will even be able to further customize the template up to your heart’s content.

Pink-Toned Birthday Greeting Card Template

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Balloon Birthday Greeting Card Template

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Free Vector Birthday Card Design

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How to Spice Up Your Greeting Card Designs

The downside of using free card design templates from the Internet is that they most likely have already been used by a lot of people. It will not be a surprise if you find the design used in different design projects. In order to set your own card design project apart, you still need to add little enhancements on the card design. We have compiled various ways that can help spice up your card designs below. Read on.

Free Wedding Cards

Weddings are a multimillion dollar industry. From flower arrangements to entourage dresses to post-nuptial thank-you cards, all these add up and help power this market. And if you are looking for an alternative to designer wedding cards, online freebie cards may be the way for you.

Relying on free card designs for your wedding invitations does not mean you are stoked to have a lousy wedding. Instead, treat these card design templates as a blank slate for you to create the best cost-effective wedding invites that could ever be conceived. After all, weddings are a celebration of a couple’s union. The wedding card PSD template that one uses will not matter in the long run.

The Minimalist and Themed Wedding Invitation Cards designs embedded net more illustrates that free card designs can still be creative and allow room for the end user to make little changes on the card design. The Wedding Greeting Card Design template also included in the list may be used by anyone who can wish to send their greetings to a new couple.

Minimalist Wedding Card Template

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WhatsApp Themed Wedding Invitation Card

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Wedding Invitation Card Template

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Wedding Greeting Card Design Template

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Free Halloween Cards

Special occasion greeting cards can be a cult hit on the greeting cards industry. One of such card is a Halloween greeting card. Another sub-category is a Halloween party invitation card.

Often, the key to creating a good Halloween card design is to make the card spooky enough for the card recipient. Children, and the occasional adult, will really appreciate any well-thought-out card design that features scary-looking pop-up elements, grungy font styles, and even Gothic-inspired layouts.

Anyone can still do all these design modifications even with a free card design. As long as you have an image editing software program, it will be easy to make the necessary design customization.

The free Halloween card designs featured below are all vector designs. This makes it easier to edit and/or add to other elements to truly make the card your own.

Vector Halloween Greeting Card Design Template

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Halloween Party Invitation Card

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Free Thank-You Cards

Giving thanks to individuals who have helped, inspired, or cheered you through difficult and depressing times in your life is a practice that continues to this day. Only now in the modern age that we can say thank you without being in the same room as the person we wish to thank and still receive instant feedback.

For those who wish to stick with the olden ways (i.e., sending getting cards or letters), making use of the different thank-you card design templates included in this list may be the right step for you.

When designing a thank-you card template, always make sure to include ample space for the sender to write a message for the recipient. When expressing thanks to another person, the writer often gets to think of all the helpful things that was done to him or her. This, in turn, results to the card sender writing a lot of things.

Wedding thank-you cards, party thank-you cards, and gift thank-you cards are often sent to a person who attended the sender’s event so this type of card may not require a lengthy thank-you message.

Included below are a Teacher Thank-You Card and a Generic Thank-You Card template. Each card design is downloadable and customizable for free.

Teacher Thank-You Card Design

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Retro Thank-You Card Design

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Other Free Card Designs

Seasons Greetings Free Card Design

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The Seasons Greetings Free Card Design template pictured above is an example of a corporate Christmas greeting card. It showcases a company’s services and products by using different symbols as accents of a Christmas tree. If you want to create a holiday card design template that will incorporate your company image, follow the example above. Most companies send Holiday Cards to their customers to help promote customer loyalty. Doing this may also help increase your brand’s visibility.

Gratis Corporate Postcard Template

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The postcard template above is another example of a corporate card design. If you or your company are looking for ways to incorporate your business brand logos in your company communications, you may follow this example. Unlike personal card designs, corporate or business post cards will need to provide information about a company but should still be useful to the end user as a post card. To make sure this design principle is followed, post card designers should make sure not to overcrowd a post card design. It is also good for designers to not only limit their design creations with company-related icons and elements. Design elements pertaining to certain holidays (like Christmas, New Year, and Easter) may also be added to create variety and relatability of the post card design.

Free Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is another special holiday that warrants getting cards to be given to loved ones or significant others. The different Valentine’s Day card design templates included in this list are all printable. This means that if you have a printer at home, you may print the card right away. But if you prefer to make small changes like removing the site’s watermark or adding the recipient’s name on the card face, you may have to open the file in Photoshop or other image editing software that you have installed in your computer.

Valentine’s Day Card Design Template

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Balloon Valentine’s Day Greeting Card Design

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Printable Valentine’s Day Card Design

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Free Apology Card

A cute and unique way to express one’s sincere regret is by giving an apology card. Coupled with an equally heartfelt message, the card’s recipient will think very hard whether to forgive the card sender or not.

In order to create a high impact I Am Sorry Card, it may be best to infuse humor into your card design. There are many card design templates available online (including the one we have embedded below) that you may use as basis for your card design.

Also remember that when asking someone for an apology, it is always better to do the task face-to-face. Nothing can compare to real life human interactions. But if geographic limitations exist and you cannot meet the person, a phone call or Skype video call will go a long way when it is paired with an apology card sent through the mail.

Apology Card Design Template

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Free Restaurant Menu Card Design

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Restaurateurs will surely appreciate free restaurant menu card design templates since they allow them to save on menu card printing costs. On top of that, menu cards organize their food and meal offerings so that customers will not have a hard time when ordering their food.

More or less, creative menu card designs contain the same set of information. For example, menu cards will have a section for predetermined sets of meals, standalone dishes, beverages, and desserts. What will only differ is the presentation of these information. Restaurant owners may make their menu cards stand out by following a theme. To illustrate, there are vintage restaurant menu cards, formal menu cards, and even a children’s menu card.

Free Invitation Cards

Invitation cards wholly deserve the entire subcategory they got for there are a lot of kinds of invitation cards depending on the tour of party and/or event you want to host. The card design samples embedded below only constitute a small fraction of these cards.

If you wish to design a children’s birthday party invitation, then the Birthday Invitation Card Template may suit you. It features a colorful card face design that will surely appeal to young kids.

The Floral and Minimalist Themed card designs below are intended for farewell parties. These cards may be customized to indicate if the party is a surprise one or not.

When designing invitation cards, getting your hands on free cards designs will allow you to learn the ropes of invitation card making without having to create the entire design template from scratch. This may also translate to having more free time in completing other design tasks.

A reminder: The more creative the invitation card design you want, the more effort and artistry is required of you. And if you’re up for the challenge, then you may think of just altogether creating a handmade card design.

Birthday Invitation Card Template

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Floral Farewell Invitation Design

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Minimalist Farewell Invitation Design

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The Right Card Design for YOU

Just like there are useful tips for logo designing, there also are useful tips for card making. This article, hopefully, has helped you in that aspect, especially in deciding between different free card design choices available on the Internet today. Remember that the right card design—whether free or paid—may not always be the most expensive, the classiest, or the one with most social media shares. The best card design is the one that appeals to your true inner self. When you consciously choose a card design that way, you are making a statement to the universe (to the world, to God, whatever) that you are serious in this, finding a way that will accurately express your thoughts and emotions to the card’s recipient. Happy card making!