Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quick Pair of Greeting Cards - Make in about 15 Minutes

I often send Freshly Found orders out with a handmade card, so I decided to take some pics and show you how I quickly made a pair of these cards last week.

You Will Need:
  • Some pretty recycled printed paper.  I am in love with the pastel colours of this set of maps.  You could use book print, music paper or even the inside of patterned security envelopes 
  • Some envelopes.  I found a stash of coloured envelopes at a charity shop a while ago, which have been so useful.
  • A print out of the pattern you will use.  I needed the number 40 as the parcel I was sending was for a birthday.  You can enlarge and print any simple outline. Be eco-friendly and reuse the other side of a piece of previously printed paper.
  • An A4 Sheet of card board
  • A bulldog clip
  • A glue stick
  • A ruler and blade or rotary cutter.

Here's How:
Cut the A4 sheet in half to make to A5 size sheets.  Use a ruler and blade or a rotary cutter if you have one ... Every home should have one!
[Note - to new homemakers - after you've bought the bed, the washing machine and microwave oven - buy a rotary cutter!] 
[Note - here's a simple guide to Paper Sizes by previous Freshly Found crafter Callie Purdon.]

Fold each of the A5 sheets in half, to create the card.
Clip the pattern onto the map paper to keep it in place while cutting out.

Cut through both the pattern and the map paper at the same time.  Cut around the outer edges first.  Use a blade to cut a slit to allow your scissors to cut around the inner space.

Keep cutting carefully...

Remove the clip and release the shapes.
Start on the 2nd heart shape card.  Take a rectangular scrap of paper.  Fold it in half and  cut a half a heart shape out.  You can use a pattern, or with a bit of practice you can just cut it out free-hand

Here you can see the line that I cut on the fold.  Unfold the heart and cut another one out.
Position the shapes on the cards and glue in place.
Simple.  And quick!


Unknown said...

Absolutely magical! So lovely and simple.

Denise Kiggan said...

Thanks Helen. The beautiful maps really doe the trick.
Hope all is well with you.

Chi said...

This is gorgeous!

Denise Kiggan said...

Thanks Chi!