I'm Sabrina and I'm so excited to show y'all how to create an awesome card for any occasion. No need to spend $3.99 or more on a Hallmark card that just gets stuffed away in a drawer or worst … thrown away. Whomever you are creating this card for is going to love this card so much that it's going to be displayed on their desk or on a fridge because unlike a Hallmark card this card is created by YOU and with so much love! This is such a simple and quick tutorial all you need are a few items which I'm sure y'all have lying around in your craft boxes or in your desks. The best part about creating a card is you can use whatever you want to make it special. Let's get started...
Here are the supplies you'll need:
Cardstock (any color and make sure it’s a little thick)
Patterned Paper (I'm using watercolor lilac flowers from the May PopFizzPaper Planner Kit)
6x6 in decorative paper
4 brads (Use a color that will match your card)
Scissors (I’m using Craftsmart Decorative scissors)
Decorative lace or ribbon
Die cut pieces (I’ll be using a mix of My Art C and Heidi Swapp)
Adhesive tape, glue stick and double sided tape
Stickers (I will be using Mambi stickers, Recollections dimensional alphabet stickers, and decorative stickers from the May PopFizzPaper Planner Kit)
Before I even start any project I like to choose a theme and spread everything that I may be using out on the table that way I can see everything I will be working with. Now if you’re like me this is not all that’s going to be used, I will probably be going back and forth inside my craft boxes to find more items to use. Since it’s graduation season the theme of this card is … Graduation! But you can choose any theme you'd like whether it's for a graduation, birthday, wedding, get well, etc.. I am making this card for my cousin who is graduating from High School next month and I want it to be an inspirational card for her.
First step: I'm going to be keeping the size of this cardstock which is about 5.5 in x 8.5 in. I’m going to measure my decorative [lilac] paper to be the exact size because I’m to just glue the lilac print right on top of that thicker cardstock. I’m going to get my smaller 6x6 in decorative paper and measure it at 4 x 5 in size to fit the center of my card. [The “dream big” decorative paper is from Heidi Swapp’s Minc collection.]
Second step: I then used my decorative scissors to cut my dream decorative paper to size however I didn’t like the way the scissors cut the edges it didn’t come out as precise as I wanted it to. But no worries, just grab a piece of lace or ribbon and place that around the edges. I hole punched the four corners, measured 2 strips that were 4 in and 2 strips that were 5 in, laid those along the proper edges and secured the corners down with 4 cute, purple brads. Grab some double sided tape roll a piece and add to all four sides this is going to create a 3 dimensional look for the center of the card.
Third step: This is the fun step that we all wait for … decorating! This step you can get as creative as you want; just be you and have fun. I pulled out some Mambi stickers, Recollections Alphabet stickers, PopFizzPaper May decorative stickers, some die cuts and adhesive tape. I placed everything down on the card first before taping or gluing it down this way I can move pieces around as I please. I’m thinking it looks pretty cute BUT it’s not perfect. Remember when I said in the beginning I’m more in likely going to go back into my craft box … well that’s what I did here. I found some other die cuts pieces that just gave this card a better flow.
Final step: Yep, this was definitely missing something and I think this little blue dollies die cut just completed my entire card! Here it is the final look, I think it came out simply perfect! I didn’t want this to look like a simple folded card I think this flat lay out is perfect for displaying on a cork board, corner of a mirror, in a binder, on the fridge, etc.
I hope y’all enjoyed this simple DIY and if you create a special card tag me in the comments or photo, I’d love to see your fabulous creations!