Simple Card

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Making and giving a handmade card gives lot of satisfaction. It tells the person, we have taken time to think about him/her. Because of easy phone and email access, it got easier to get in touch with friends and family; but next time try giving them a handmade card to surprise them or just renew the tradition of giving cards. This is a simple and basic way to make a card – from here there are endless possibilities; some of them need specialized machines, tools, inks etc… Even if all those items are not in our budget right now, we can make use of simple things to make a basic card.

As I was making cards for kids’ teachers since many years, I invested in a scoreboard and a cutter, but these are not necessary. A good old ruler and a pair of scissors will the work just fine. Let’s get to work!

Things needed:

Card stock 8 ½ ‘’ x 11’’

Decorative paper for layers…two contrasting papers or papers which complement each other work well.

Glue

A pair of scissors, decorative scissors if you have one

Decorative ribbon or a lace

Making the Card:

Take a 8 ½ ‘’ x 11’’ card stock

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We need to cut the card stock into 5 ½ ‘’ x 8 ½’’. I made the score at 5 ½’’ on the card stock using my scoreboard, as this makes it easier to cut here.

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You can just mark 5 ½ ‘’ mark on the card stock on the 11’’ side.

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Place the ruler like this, and fold the card stock over the ruler; this way we can be sure our cut is straight.

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Cut along the fold.

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Now take 8 ½’’ x 5 ½’’ piece, fold it into half. Using a scoreboard and pressing it with a bone folder makes a crisp fold. Use a ruler if scoreboard is not available.

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As our base card is 4 ¼’’ x 5 ½’’, first layer should be 4’’ x 5 ¼’’.

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Second layer should be 3 ¾’’ x 5 ‘’.

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I took a 3 ½’’ x 2’’ small piece of light coloured paper to write a sentiment like ‘Happy Birthday’. (It can be smaller in size than this)

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I trimmed these three sides with a decorative scissors.

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Glue the first layer using glue.

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Stick the second layer on the top of the first layer with the help of glue.

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Glue the small paper on the bottom side (it can be anywhere on the card) and attach a trim or lace of your choice.  Write the main sentiment here, and the complete message inside the card.

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Your card is ready!

 

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