Try making a card using a photo(s) on the front.
I made this card for my sweetie for our anniversary... Here's to one year... and many more to come. I wanted the card to be elegant, dramatic, and to make a bold statement. And considering the recipient is a dude, I decided flowers and butterflies might not be appropriate.
I lightened the exposure a bit on this picture using Picnik, but it didn't show up too well when I took a picture of the card with my iPhone, but you get the idea. The black background with a bright photo gives some nice contrast.
Obviously this is the same photo, but I printed it twice and chopped part of our heads off. It feels sorta weird cutting your own face in half.
I like to make the text of my cards simple. Hallmark has tons of cards with beautiful language, but in the end, don't you really just want to say "I love you. I mean it."? That's the point. I love you. I mean it. There you have it. Done deal. Finito.
BTW, I got the idea for this card from Lizzy Kartchner's book 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges. It's my absolute fav. She had the suggestion of printing the same photo twice... brilliant!
More simplicity and black/white was in order for the inside of this card. I wrote the gushy stuff on the inside of the card, which is for Matthew's eyes only... but I also put a cute little tag with our "love date". And, always a fan of repetition, I added another bold statement in the same font as was used on the front.
June 15, 2009: That was a really good day.