Making blank greeting cards yourself can be quick and easy, even if you’ve never made one before. Handmade cards carry just a little extra love along with your personal message – it’s always nice to have some on hand for hostess gifts, thank-you notes or that birthday you almost forgot. The supplies are very inexpensive and easy to find at the local craft store. This spring craft project is fun to do with the kids, too!
- Light color cardstock
- Two coordinating patterned papers
- Dark color cardstock to match the patterned papers
- Flat buttons
- Paper trimmer or scissors
- Double-stick tape
- Craft glue
- Circle punches (optional)
- Cut the light cardstock to 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and fold in half – this size will fit inside standard white invitation envelopes that you can buy at an office supply store.
- Cut a 3-3/4” x 5” rectangle from one patterned paper, and a smaller rectangle (or square) from the second patterned paper.
- Cut a rectangle from the dark cardstock so it’s just 1/4” larger than the smaller patterned piece.
- Layer and tape the papers together on the front of the card as shown. Place tape on all four sides, close to the edges. You can position each paper to be centered or off-centered, whatever way you like!
- Glue a couple colorful buttons on top – try nesting a small button inside a larger concave button.
That’s it – you’re done! A little cutting and taping with some colorful papers and presto – you have a lovely selection of handmade greeting cards. Picking out the different patterned scrapbook papers at the store is half the fun—enjoy!
Photo credit and card designs: Lisa Fulmer
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Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family. Creative Space will be on Claycord.com every Thursday at 2pm.
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