Making a Simple Handmade Card

With the price of greeting cards these days, a great hobby can be making your own cards. Today I want to share a simple design that can be made in different ways for different occasions. This design can be made by kids too although especially young children will need some help.

I used a premade blank card but you can also use a piece of cardstock. If using the cardstock, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece in half and then use one of the halves by folding it in half.

You’ll need 4-6 different pieces of coordinated printed paper like scrapbooking paper. I had a pack of origami paper, so that’s what I used.

Here are the 4 papers I used for my card.

Cut some strips from your paper so that you have some of each color/print. I cut mine about 1″ wide by the length of the paper which was about 6″. You can make the strips all the same width or you can make them different widths. Both ways will work fine.

Select 1 strip of paper and glue it down to the front of the card. Let it hang over both edges.

Glue another strip of paper next to the first one. I left a small space between the strips, but you can line them up against each other if you prefer.

Continue gluing on strips until you have filled up the front of the card.

Using a pair of scissors, trim off the extra parts of the strips of paper all the way around the front of the card.

Then the outside of your card is finished. 🙂

You can write a verse or greeting inside the card to fit the occasion. The paper can be coordinated with the occasion too. For instance, use birthday type scrapbooking paper for your strips when making a birthday card. I have some stamps and ink that I used to put a message inside my card.

Little stickers can also add a nice touch to your card.

And there you are! You have a cute card ready to send to brighten someone’s day. 🙂