I was happy to make some cards recently for three very important ladies in my life. The first was for my beloved aunt Joan, who was retiring from a job she had held for many years! The other two were birthday cards for my lovely mama and dear friend Stella.
Each card in this series was crafted using a cute sticker, a pre-made patterned card and envelope, some coloured card-stock paper, and a piece of plain cream coloured sketching paper. One of the birthday cards also included a die-cut that said “Happy Birthday” on it. Supplies included double-sided tape squares, a pencil, ruler, straight scissors and ‘fancy-edge scissors’.
To make a card like this: Cut your coloured paper based on the size of the sticker you are planning to use. One piece is cut slightly larger than the other, to form a mat underneath. Note that when using the fancy scissors, I cut the line straight first and then go around the edge with the fancy scissors. Consider this when measuring. It’s easiest to do your fancy-cut piece first and then use it as a guide for cutting your mat piece.
Using two-sided tape, stick these two pieces together. Apply your sticker and then using more two-sided tape, stick this decoration to the front of the card.
I like to finish the inside of the card with a plain piece of good paper, on which I write my message. I bought a sketching pad for this purpose. This inside piece should be trimmed to be about 1/4 inch smaller than the card so it tucks nicely inside. I always write my message on this paper before gluing it in the card, in case I make a mistake! To stick it in I use a line of glue-stick from top to bottom on the right side of the fold and stick it to the right panel of the card. This will allow the card to close nicely.
I hope this inspires you to make your own handmade greeting cards.