I loooove paper crafting. I’m not crafty, in general. But cards and scrap booking … ah. Useful, pretty, AND fun. Then I had kids. Nuh uh. Goodbye paper crafting. The only time I have for such a thing is after the kids are asleep and I haven’t the energy for it. However, now Kayla is 5 and wants to do crafts with me. So I just need to simplify the projects so they don’t take the whole day.
Thus this project. I splurged and got a few paper crafting supplies. Yay! You can never have too many embossed stickers …
For this project you will need:
- 2 sheets plain color coordinated card stock
- 1 sheet patterned paper
- Dimensional stickers
- Edger punch
- Lace patterned washi tape
- Glue stick
- Paper trimmer
- Color printer
1. Print the text you want on the front of the card on one of the pieces of colored card stock.
I used scripture, but you can also find quotes online or write your own text. You don’t want the printed text too wide. It should be .5″ shorter or more than your patterned paper once cut to size.
2. Match your card size to your envelope
You have to make sure the card fits! So after measuring the dimensions of the envelope, take away about a half inch from each side to determine the card dimensions. Then you will double one of those dimensions as you are folding your card.
For example: the envelope I have listed has dimensions of 7.25×5.25. Subtracting a half inch gives you 6.75×4.75 for your card. If you want it to fold over, doubling the shorter dimension gives you a landscape setup, so 6.75×9.5. Fortunately, that fits in a standard 8.5×11 paper! You gotta check.
If your paper trimmer is small, you may need to subtract 11-9.5 and cut the 1.5″ from your paper instead of the 9.5″. Fold your card stock in half after cutting to size.
Place it on the bottom of the front of the card.
5. Cut the patterned paper, leaving a margin of .25″ on the sides and top and .5″ on the bottom.
You can glue this on the front of the card. It should rest just slightly over the top of the washi tape.
You can glue this on top of the patterned paper. Leave a .25″ margin from the patterned paper on the front and sides, leaving more space at the bottom.
I aligned the punch to each edge because that seemed to work well with both the size of my paper and the type of punch. You want the paper from the inside of the card to show through after you punch.
I placed mine halfway on the sheet with the text and the patterned paper since it seemed to balance the card well.
Whatever your card dimensions, subtract .25″ from each side to leave a margin. Glue and center carefully.
I put it on the lower right.
It takes a little practice to get it perfect, but it’s so much more heartfelt to give a homemade card than a store-bought one. Plus, you can get your money back from crafting supplies with the money you save from NOT buying greeting cards!