This card project is very easy to make. All you need is white card stock, black card stock, the cutting files availabe for download or an Xacto knife and some spray adhesive.
The art of paper cutting has been around as long as there has been paper, and can be traced back to the 6th century in China.
The Germans called the art of paper cutting Scherenschnitten, and other cultures have their own names and styles of the art form. There is paper cutting revival today, and many beautiful contemporary works of paper cut art can be found on the internet and in published books.Take a look at the overwhelming number of inspirational books available on the topic at Amazon.com You will be amazed at the number of talented people practicing the craft.
Paper cut art can be as intricate or as easy as you want! I tried to keep the cutting details of this card project simple enough so that every one could get good results, but detailed enough to be able to be framed as a piece of artwork if desired. So let's get started and make some beautiful note cards.
- one sheet 8.5 x 11" white cardstock
- one sheet 8.5 x 11" black cardstock
- downloaded die cut files
- spray adhesive
- Xacto knife
- Download cutting files (files for most cutting machines are included in download)
- Cut floral pod artwork on die cut machine, or by hand with an Xacto knife.
- Cut the 8.5 x 11 sheet of white cardstock in half at the 5.5" mark. (Paper should be in portrait position)
- Take the cut half and fold in half again. Use a bone folder to score paper and get a perfect crease.
- Spray adhesive to the back of the floral pod cutout and place on the front of the notecard.
- Send the card to someone you like or love and make their day!
If you have followed some of my previous posts, you know that I am a big fan of doodle and Zentangle inspired art. This art form is one of the best stress relievers out there, and is so easy to do. Anyone can get beautiful results! Give it a try sometime, I promise you will love it!
If you want to learn how to create your own beautiful works of art, I suggest you check out the Zentangle site and read some of the Zentangle books such as this: Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being These sites have excellent instructions and design ideas.
I was in a doodle art kind of mood today, and decided to work on what I consider an upscale type of Valentine card. I wanted it to be special and different from the run of the mill cards out there, so I come up with this heart,which I am offering as a free printable. I have also included die cut files for the petal/pochette envelope that surrounds the card. Make this card for your true love following the directions below!
- 12x 12 sheet of red card stock
8.5 x 11 sheet of cream card stock
- double sided tape
- scissors and or die cut machine
- pretty ribbon
- Download the free printable and die cut files here.
- Print the heart on cream colored card stock.
- Cut the heart on the outside lines. You should now have a square that measures 5.125 x 5.125 inches.
- Cut out the petal/pochette envelope from 12 x 12 red card stock.
- Attach the heart to the middle of the petal envelope with double sided tape.
- Fold the envelope using the above photo for guidance.
- Tie the envelope with a pretty ribbon.
Now give the card to someone you care about! Wasn't that easy?
It's that time of year again! Many of our children are graduating, and it is time to honor their achievements with gifts and graduation parties. This card is very easy to make if you have a die cut machine. Just cut it out, glue the silver foil and card stock backings, and there you have it! There is even a template included to make a matching envelope. How great is that?
There is also a pdf file included if you have no machine. Just cut it out by hand.Use an xacto knife and take your time, and you will have an easy to make graduation money holder card in practically no time!
- Card Stock Paper
- Silver Foil Gift Wrapping (this is much shinier and cheaper than scrapbook paper )
- Glue Stick
- Cut the cut out using on an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock.
- Turn the card over, and glue squares of silver foil paper to the top on bottom sections of the card. Make sure the shiny side of the foil paper is visible on the front side of the card.
- Fold the bottom flap, so the the front of the card is visible as in step four of the above photo. Glue the side edges of the card down.
- Cut a square of card stock the same size as the top flap. Glue the square cardstock onto the back of the top card flap to hide the silver wrapping paper square.
- The card itself is now finished. It is always nice to make a matching enevelope so I have included a template to make an appropriately sized envelope for this card. Download the envelope template here.
- Cut the envelope out of a piece of 12 x 12 matching cardstock.
- Glue the edges of the envelope and let dry. When dry insert the card (only after you fill it with cash :) ) and give it to the lucky graduate!
Download a free printable copy of this card. (You of course will insert your own photo) The easy to follow instructions are below. Let everyone know about the new precious addition to your family, with a handmade card from you.
- Download printable PDF files
- One digital baby photo, or wallet size 2.5 x 3.5 baby photo print.
- 3/8 inch white grosgrain ribbon
- xacto knife
- 10 mm corner punch
- glue runner
- bone folder
- Print out Front and back inserts of card onto bright white cardstock, if you are using a digital image place the image onto a bottom layer with your digital imaging software, otherwise just print out and then cut out 2.25 x 3.25 in square and place wallet size print behind cut out hole. Attach photo by runnning a little bit of glue runner on the edge of photo.
- Cut out front carefully with xacto knife and ruler.
- Use bone folder and ruler to score fold in middle.
- Fold front of card in half.
- Use 10mm corner punch to round out all corner of card.
- Cut out inserts with xacto knife and ruler, then use corner punch on all corners.
- Cut a 3/8 inch slit onto the middle right and left sides of the front of card.
- Cut 2 lengths of white grosgrain ribbon about 4 inches long.
- Insert each ribbon into slits from front and attach to back with a little bit of glue from glue runner.
- Run glue along the back edges of both inserts and place onto the inside of card. Use the photos above for placement guidance.