For the Greeting Card Series this year I made 12 different designs. I concentrated on making these cards with mainly just paper as the design medium.
All installments of the series:
For the whole series, these are the materials you’ll need:
- cardstock paper in various colors
- white cardstock paper
- ruler, I use a graph ruler
- Xacto knife
- rotary paper trimmer, such as the EK Success one
- glue stick
- alphabet stamps and ink
- fine pen
I made my cards in sets of six, so some pictures show more materials than you need, just FYI.
For each design, there’s a few basic cuts you’ll need. The actual card will be 4.25”x5.5” (a 8.5”x5.5” piece folded in half) with the design on a piece of 4”x5.25” white cardstock.
Today’s design concentrates on weaving patterns to create intriguing combinations of color and space.
I drew out my design to scale on a grid paper to help with card assembly. The first one is the Congratulations Card.
First up, the card starts with cutting the card and the white cardstock.
Then, I cut out all the necessary paper strips for the design. A nice green and blue color scheme for this one. The smallest ones are 1/4 inch wide, then 3/8”, 1/2” and the blue strip is 1/2” wide as well.
Stamp each blue strip with “congratulations” using alphabet stamps and ink color of choice.
While those dry, get ready for weaving. With a very light pencil mark and a ruler, mark all your cut lines. These are going to be weaved thought the back of the white cardstock passing behind the blue strip. Mark all your horizontal guides as well as the vertical ones.
Cut horizontally with an Xacto knife along each guide. You can make them a little bit bigger to better accommodate the strips later. Erase all your pencil marks.
Carefully, weave each strip through, top to bottom. Align and glue in place.
Glue the blue strip in place and cut out excess paper.
Finally, paste the white cardstock to the yellow card.
The other design, the Hello Card, starts out in the same manner, with a draft design. In this one, I darkened where my cut marks would be to better guide myself.
But first, start out by cutting and preparing the card and white cardstock papers.
As before, stamp the text first to allow for dry time. Each of these rectangles are 2”x1.25”.
Cut out the strips for the basket weave. These are all 1/4” thick.
Using your draft design as a guide, mark your cut lines, cut and erase guides.
Weave each strip into place. I did the two lime green ones first, the then light lilac ones and finally the dark purple ones. Align and glue in place.
Finally, glue the ‘”hello” rectangle to the white cardstock and this to the green card.
Have fun crafting!
Greeting Card Series v1: