Column: “Creative Space” on Claycord – Spring Craft Project – Easy Handmade Greeting Cards

March 27, 2014 14:00 pm · 10 comments


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)
  1. 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.
  2. Cut a 3-3/4” x 5” rectangle from one patterned paper, and a smaller rectangle (or square) from the second patterned paper.
  3. Cut a rectangle from the dark cardstock so it’s just 1/4” larger than the smaller patterned piece.
  4. 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!
  5. 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


March 29
10:00am – 4:00pm
Swan Day – Support Women Artists Now
Martinez Arts Association
End of Ferry Street – Downtown Martinez

March 29
11:00am – 3:00pm
Spring Fling Craft Boutique
Winslow Center, Pleasant HIll

March 30
4:00 – 7:00pm
Bay Area Funk – Concert
Armando’s – Martinez

April 3
6:00 – 8:00pm
Woodcarving Class – I’ve Been Framed Gallery

April 5
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Art reception – Jazz, Jam & Jive
I’ve Been Framed Gallery – Martinez

April 5-6
Contra Costa County Guild of Quilters Annual Show
Centre Concord

April 6
2:00 – 5:00pm
CC14 Art Reception
Art Cottage, Concord

April 8
Poetry Slam
Antioch Historical Society Museum

April 12
Ready or Not – Improv Comedy
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

April 17-19
9:00am – 4:00pm
California Watercolor Association
Plein Air Art Workshop with David Savellano
CSU Concord Campus

Save the dates!

Public Art Walking Tour
April 19 and May 17
Walnut Creek

Spring Artists’ Market
May 2-4
Civic Park and Shadelands Auditorium, Walnut Creek

Spring Craft Fest
May 4
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Concord Art & Wine Walk
May 10
Todos Santos Plaza

Artistic DIY Craft Technique Classes
Thursday nights in May, 6-9pm
Mt. Diablo Adult School, Pleasant Hill

25th Annual KidFest
May 24-26

Arts, Adventure & Academics
Kids’ Summer Camp
June 23 – July 5
Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education

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 every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a writer and a marketing consultant, Lisa is a mixed media artist and a project designer for the craft industry.

Visit her blog to see more of Lisa’s own creative space.

1 Noj March 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Great info! Thank you.

2 anonanonagain March 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

What a great addition to Claycord. I love to make handmade cards. I try to reuse paper, scraps and images that are easily downloaded. So many variations…..

3 Silva March 27, 2014 at 9:11 PM

The cards are lovely, and easy! I already have most of the things on hand, also. Thanks for a great idea, Lisa.

4 GardenGal March 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Lisa, what do you do about envelopes?

5 Very nice March 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I love this. Have been a crafter all my life. Very nice cards.


6 Lisa Fulmer March 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

@GardenGal – you can buy inexpensive white invitation envelopes at the office supply store – the measurements I used for these cards fit them, Staples has them boxed in 100s. You can also buy prettier and colorful envelopes in packs of 25-50 at the craft store, or single envelopes are sold as open stock at stationery stores like Papyrus. Be sure to add extra postage if the buttons are too bulky or if you choose square envelopes. Thanks everyone!

7 Rose Garden March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

These are cute! This looks like fun. Thanks Lisa!

8 Mimi (original) March 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Wow! This looks easy and fun – a great way to keep a few cards on hand for any occasion!

9 Cat Wrangler March 29, 2014 at 4:46 AM

What a great way to make a unique and personal card. I am drying flowers from my garden to put on the cards to give to my gardening friends.

10 BurnBaby March 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Lovely cards, an added touch would be burned sunflower leaves. Thank you for these wonderful cards.

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