Make a handmade card that is perfect to give for any occasion. Easy DIY craft tutorial idea for a Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary or Thank you card.
A handmade card can be a gift all by itself. I love making the cards that I give to friends and family because I truly believe and handmade card means just a little bit more. In the last couple weeks, I have had several orders placed for the kits that I sell through Apostrophe S, and I feel it’s only right to send them a little note saying thank you because they could have bought those kits through anybody, but they chose to buy them through me. That makes me feel special and I want them to feel special too!
Going through my cards, I had many Birthday and Christmas cards but I didn’t have much of anything else. That is when I decided to design a card that could be used for any occasion. It would need to be simple but still beautiful and could work as a sympathy card, a birthday card, or what I really needed at the moment, a thank you card.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
- 3 1/2 x 5 inch White Card Base
- 1 1/16 x 4 7/8 inch Pattern Paper Pieces
- 5/16 inch Ribbon
- Craft Knife
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How to Make Any Occasion Handmade Card
My card bases are for 3 1/2 x 5 inch cards. That means that is the measurement for the front of the card once it is folded in half.
Across the front of my card, there are three panels each measuring 1 1/16 x 4 7/8 inches.
This part is math – so skip ahead if you don’t need the explanation. In case you are dealing with a different sized card base, I want to share how I got my measurements. I wanted some white space around each of the panels so I couldn’t just divide the width by three. I first subtracted 5/16 from to allow for the white space. This made for a width of 3 5/16, then divided that number by 3 for 1 1/16. For the length, I didn’t need to divide anything only subtract a little for the white space on the top bottom of the panel. So the 5 became 4 7/8. Are you with me? Math isn’t my strong suit so if I made this more difficult than necessary I’m sorry, just use a 3 1/2 x 5 card base. 🙂
Adhere the pattern piece panels to the front of the card using your favorite paper adhesive. It really doesn’t matter if you use double sided tape, liquid glue or a glue stick. Whatever you have is fine.
Using a craft knife cut a small slit on the fold of the card for the ribbon to go through. Mine is about 1/2 in down from the top of the card.
The slit doesn’t need to be too long, just wide enough for the ribbon.
Tie a flat knot. If you aren’t sure how to tie a flat knot I do show in the video. The key to a flat knot is going slow.
Fold your card, write your heartfelt message and your handmade card is ready to be given away!
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