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Friday, November 16, 2012

Easy Handmade Cards

Last week I got to participate in the Handmade Gift Series at Shaken Together and knew I wanted to write about something easy and meaningful.  

My gift idea:  Send snail mail!  

For the last 3 years I've made this the Christmas present for my Grandma and my husband's Grandma.  We all live in different states and don't get to see them very often.

My gift to them is that I will send a homemade card and a picture of the kids every month during the coming year.  They love seeing how the kids are growing and what we've been up to, and I get a place to send all the cards I make :)

But wait, you don't like making cards?  No biggie.  The most important part of the gift is just sending something in the mail.  The picture is a bonus, and handmade is totally extra.

If you want instructions for a really cute and easy card, check out this formula.  It just takes a few cuts (with a straight cutter--no fancy machine needed!) and with a few different papers, you can have a whole set of cards made in 30 minutes.

Buy blank cards, or make your own by cutting a piece of cardstock in half at 5.5 inches.  Then fold each part in half at 4.25 inches.  This will fit in a regular card-sized envelope (also available at most craft stores)

Pick two coordinating papers (an easy way to do this is get double sided scrapbook paper--then you know they'll look good together!)

Cut one paper at 5 x 3.75 inches
Cut another at 1 x 4.25 inches

If desired, rub an ink pad along the edges of your cut pieces and base.

Using liquid glue or a tape runner, glue the larger rectangle to the center of the card front.  Then glue the smaller strip at the bottom third of the card.

Add a flower to the left side of the strip and you're done!

For something extra, add a rhinestone or button to the flower center.

One final note of advice for picking patterns to use, I generally like to mix a big print and a small print, and it doesn't matter which one goes on the bigger rectangle.  Also a solid with a pattern always looks good.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I'd love to hear who in your life would love a gift like this!



  1. I saw this posted over at Shaken Together last week; and I don't think I ever told you how much I loved it! I started following you immediately and then pinned it so I wouldn't forget. I've already started making cards for mine and my boyfriend's grandparents. I don't have any kids, but they'll be getting pictures of us and the fur-babies!! Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Completely adorable and a wonderful idea! I love the colors.

  3. I'm all for people going back to snail mail more!! I miss it :(

  4. these are very pretty! I think I might pull out some papermaking and cardmaking projects next...

    Gorgeous papers, by the way. We have some similar!

  5. These are adorable and a wonderful idea. How thoughtful. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    It runs Wednesday through Sunday night. I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  6. Very cute cards! What a fun gift idea to give to grandparents. I love it. :)
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

  7. So cute! I love how easy they are to put together and they look great.

  8. How easy and cute. I just love note cards, they make a great gift!

  9. Great cards for anyone! Have you thought about donating to Operation Write Home? They've sent almost 2 million donated cards to our troops serving in remote locations to use to communicate with their families and friends back home. I believe they have a shipper living in Washington. I love receiving cards myself - something to hold and save and look at again and again.

  10. These are so cute! Thanks for linking up to Made With Love at Sew Chatty! I'm featuring you today! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/2012/11/made-with-love-link-up_25.html

  11. these are very pretty..i would like to keep it in mind and will use if i ever need it for the design of my own business cards.thanks for sharing it.

  12. Perfect for writing my out-of-state friends! Thank you for the idea.