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When I wrote about handmade Christmas gifts that you can start working on now, I mentioned that I love fancy papers and personalized stationery.
One of the gifts I've been working on during the last few weeks is a set of note cards. Or rather, a whole bunch of sets for different people.
After seeing Martha Stewart on the Oprah Show a few weeks ago, I was inspired to check out her line of Punch Around the Page punches at the craft store.
I found coupons for 50% off a single item, so the set cost me about $13. I got 3 different sets because I am a frugal failure liked several very different styles.
We have a dear friend who loves flip flops, swimming, and the color green. She's not at all fussy, so I didn't want her cards to be frilly or overly decorated, either. I thought the punch set above would be perfect for her cards.
Here's the project I came up with:
You won't believe how easy it was.
Handmade Note Cards
- Martha Stewart's Punch Around the Page corner and border punches
- Colored card stock
- Fancy paper
- A paper cutter or scissors
- Scotch brand double sided tape
- A pen or pencil
- Something to crease the cardstock with (I used a creasing tool, but a bone folder would work better)
- A stylus or other scoring tool
First of all, learning to use these punches takes some practice. I started with scrap paper, played with the card size, and punched. And then I punched and punched and punched.
It takes finesse to get the punch to line up properly and to learn how to make the design come out right.
- Cut the colored card stock to the correct size. I cut my 8.5″x11″ inch paper across to make a 6″ piece and a 5″ piece. Set the 6″ piece aside for another project.
- Knowing that I was going to make 6 cards for each set (and a lot of sets), I measured out and marked the spot where I'd need to fold and score the cards on my paper cutter.
- Next, I scored the card using a stylus. If you don't have a stylus, you could use any pointy but not sharp tool, like the back of a butter knife.
The scored card looks like this –
- Fold the card along the scored line and then use a bone folder or your trusty butter knife to go over the crease.
If you don't use a tool to crease the card, it will hang slightly open, like this –
After creasing, it lays flat like it's supposed to –
- The next step is to punch the corners.
- And then punch the borders between the borders. These particular punches line up nicely, as long as you have practiced and gotten the hang of it ahead of time.
- The last step is to decide how to decorate the card. I punched out a 3.5″ square to match the corner and border design, then a flower to match, then a circle out of pretty flip flop paper. I used double sided tape to stick them all together.
The finished decoration looked like this –
- Lastly, I put double-sided tape all around the edges of the white square and stuck it to the center of the green card.
Then I made 5 more cards.
Scotch Double Sided Tape Giveaway
3M and the Clever Girls Collective is giving away 10 rolls of Scotch Double Sided Tape to two lucky Feels Like Home readers (5 rolls to each winner). US residents only, must be 18 or older to enter.
To enter: Leave a comment telling how you'll use double sided tape during this holiday season.
Good luck! I'll use Random.org to choose a winner sometime after 11:59 pm on November 10, 2010. Congratulations to Wehaf and JenH! They have been contacted by email.
3M via Clever Girls Collective sponsored this post. They are also providing the samples for the giveaway.
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