Thursday, October 11, 2018

How to Make Simple Cards With Patterned Paper

Hello my crafty friends! Today I'd like to share three cards that all share the same basic layout. If you're a new crafter, this is a great post for you - and if you've been making handmade cards for years, you might just love this trip back to the basics. Today's cards are perfect for the upcoming fall and winter holidays, and an easy idea for mass-producing cards. (Plus, it's a perfect excuse to pull out some of your favorite patterned papers!) 
Let's start with the fall thank you card first, as we talk about the how-to's: 


To begin each of these cards, you'll want to collect up some mix and match patterned papers. Two-sided prints are perfect for this, because they're ready to go with coordinating prints on each side. 

Trim a 4-inch strip of patterned paper, and then trim that strip into 3 and 2-inch pieces. (For each card you'll need one 3-inch strip and one 2-inch strip.)

Then, trim a 4.25x1-inch strip of cardstock, in any coordinating color. Pick a card base, and then adhere everything together - the two patterned papers pieces, plus the cardstock strip.

Last, choose a nice big sentiment, stamp and fussy cut it out and adhere it to the card. 
This card is flat, and ready to pop in the mail without worrying about added bulk. It also doesn't need any embellishments or extras, as the printed papers are so strong and beautiful on their own. 

Now, let's look at a Christmas version of this same idea. Below, the card on the left uses the same exact layout. Two prints, a strip of cardstock, and a simple trimmed sentiment. BUT...let's take a look at the card on the right. For this one, I used the flip side of each piece, and then I added just a FEW really simple additions. Two die-cut holly leaves, some twine and a button add a little extra pizzaz to the same card. (I still super love the simplicity of the first card though - don't hesitate to leave it AS IS, especially if you need to make a bunch of them!)

Lastly, here's one more - this time for Halloween. Again, we've used the same layout. Two patterned paper pieces, but this time I added a strip of cardstock with the sentiment. And then I added a cute little skeleton accent. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I find it weirdly calming to just cut up a whole bunch of patterned paper and make card bases. And then when I need to knock out a set of cards, they're ready to go. (Is that strange?)

Supplies Used on Today's Cards:
B&W Halloween accents
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Check back next week when I'll have some more simple handmade card ideas to share with you - just in time for Christmas card season! xoxo

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Betty said...

Thanks for this idea. I just made 10 cards using 6x6 pad I had in my stash. Some say thank you from the everyday script set, I will use the others as welcome cards for visitors to my church.

Laura Williams said...

That’s awesome! Great job Betty!!!