Just a note ~but let’s make it a little bit pretty, eh?

Although I’ve called this handmade card ‘Just a Note’ – in this particular instance the note is a thank you note, –  however, because of the design, you can easily change the ‘subject’ of the card to suit your particular reason for sending it.

The card is based around an angle fold, which conveniently gives you two tag pockets by a nifty little folding trick which I hope to ‘teach’ those of you who may not have come across this style of card before, by using step by step photographs.  Shall we begin?

You need a 12″ (inches) by 5″ piece of cardstock.  A good weight one, but not one which is so heavy that you find it difficult to fold and score.

I’ve made a diagram of where to score (NOT CUT) the card in the hope of you ‘getting’ it easily.  Click on the following photograph to open it up in a larger size so that you can read it.  (but don’t forget to click ‘back’ in your browser so that you come back here to continue reading).

1 Instructions for Corner Card

I know that it might look complicated – but it’s really not.  I’ve made the lines and instructions in different colours so that it made it easier to follow the instructions.

Once you’ve got your card cut, (12″x 5″) and then scored it in the two places shown, – make the folds.  Fold along those two lines ready for making the card:

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Now at this point I think I’d recommend that you now make another one exactly the samebut this time in cheaper card or paper – so that you can then cut it up in order to use the sections as templates, or ‘patterns’ to make your paper cuts.

Let’s presume you’ve done that and move on to the next step.

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Using the templates (or ‘paper patterns’ which you’ve made),  cut the papers which you want to be the front and middle section of the inner parts of the pockets.  Remember that if you’ve chosen papers like mine in the photograph above, which have writing on it (or a picture) which you want to be able to read, you’ll have to cut and place the right way round so that the pattern or writing makes sense. 

Glue or adhere your papers into place and then flip the whole thing over so that you can’t see those papers anymore.

You’re now going to work on the fronts of the pockets.  The outside one, and the inside one.

Using the papers which you cut out using the paper pattern for the pockets, glue the papers in place – again remembering to place the papers the right way round, if they have a ‘right way’.

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If you now fold your card along the two score lines, it should look something like this:

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or rather . . .  nothing like that     because you’ll have used your own card and papers!

Now comes the enjoyable part.  Decorations!  Yay!!  😀  (I love embellishments, flowers, ribbons, bits, bobs and adornments.  Can you tell?)

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The metal ‘charm’ on the front of the card is from a range called Santoro, by Dovecraft.

You can put anything you like into the pockets on your cards.  In mine, I’ve used tags, but if you wanted to give a gift card for a birthday or Christmas, you could tuck a gift card into the inner pocket for the recipient to find, and maybe a tag on the front stamped up with the word ‘Birthday’ or a sentiment of that style.

You can obviously decorate the pockets in any way you choose, but I’ll show you in the pictures below what I did to this particular card.

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Two tags for the front pocket – the biggest one is decorated in paper then stamped with the ‘Just a Note’, and the butterfly. I added a short length of lace, and some paper roses and leaves, and tied the tag with some blue Rayon Ribbon. The little tag was stamped on the front with a double butterfly stamp.

The backs of the tags were decorated with papers and stamps – but, silly me, forgot to take a photograph of the backs of these two tags.  tsk tsk.

Opening the card . . .

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I chose some vintage looking roses paper for the inside left hand side of the card and decorated it with a small paper doily (distressed and stained with some ink), to which I added some mulberry paper flowers, leaves and a miniature post card cut from a pad of similar types of paper embellishments.  I added a rayon ribbon bow and around the very edges of the flowers I dragged a fine nibbed glue pen and sprinkled it with a little glitter dust, which brought the ‘view’ to life.

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Finally, I added a twinkly, sparkly dragonfly (lowest corner of the post card) and a tiny twinkly wings bumble-bee (top right corner of the post card).

On the inside pocket, I simply adorned the pocket with a mulberry flower (and leaves) and turned my attention instead to decorating the tags inside the pocket.

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The two  ~‘inside the card’~  tags were covered with various papers and then stamped and decorated in a style to suit the ‘feeling’ of the card.

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Starting with the larger of these two tags:  Using a warm brown ink, I aged the tag edges to give it that ‘old’ feeling.  I then attached some vintage lace which I bought in a bag full of off cuts of vintage lace, from Ebay, about five years ago (and I’m still using them now.  There were THAT many different bits!  Such a lucky find).  I added some of the beautiful blue rayon ribbon to cover the edges of the lace,  and to that I used Pinflair glue gel to stick a short length of a double row of string of pearls,  along the centre of the ribbon,  and then tied a double bow with a short length of the same rayon ribbon and glued it in place.

I adhered some mulberry flowers and leaves and added pale cream,  pearl flat-back centres,  then finally added a little blue resin swallow bird, in flight.

The little tag:  I simply stamped a butterfly on the front, and gently distressed around the edges, to give it that vintage feel.

The reverse of the tags:

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. . . .  finally the back …  and as I always say to everyone – ALWAYS sign your artwork . . .

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. . .  can’t read it? . . .   here y’ go:

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It was, indeed, “Hand made by Cobwebs”.

This type of card is just so versatile.  It suits all styles of cards and all colours.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  All you need to do is change the tags, and you have a card suitable for almost any occasion.

I think I might make another card using this design – but this time for something totally different – so that you have something to compare it with for versatility.

Thank you so much for coming to visit me and my blog.  I appreciate your visit more than you can imagine.  It means the world to me – so a big THANK YOUjust as the card says.

Have a trouble-free Thursday, and,  in the words of Sergeant Stan Jablonski from Hill Street Blues “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us!”.  

Let’s be careful out there, – my blogger friends.  (I’m really ‘dating’ myself now, aren’t I?!  LOL)

Love and crafty, squidgy hugs ~

Cobs siggy sml

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10 thoughts on “Just a note ~but let’s make it a little bit pretty, eh?

    • Hello Emma, welcome home from your holiday! I hope you had a brilliantly, wonderful time. (I’m so envious. I’d have loved to sneak away with you, packed inside your luggage. LOL).

      Thanks for the comment and I’m thrilled to bits that you like it. Bless you.
      Sending lots of ‘welcome home’ love and big crafty hugs ~ Cobs.x

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  1. Oh Cob, I love projects like this and what a great tutorial! I am definitely going to give this a try, such a great way to use up bits of paper as well! Love your finished card and all the tags, they look so pretty! Just letting you know though that the diagram picture would not enlarge for me, – it came up with an error message….

    Have a lovely Thursday, rather grey and dull here in Scotland….

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    • Hello Astrid, I always feel so blessed when I see your name here. (Yes, seriously!)
      You’re right – this is a brilliant way of using up bits of left over paper from previous projects, – and also wonderful for using up 12×12″ bits of cardstock which you might have left over from another project. (I have so many of those that these types of card are such a favourite with me).

      And what’s even better is that … it doesn’t matter if you don’t have matching papers (or left-overs) to use to make this card. So long as the papers ‘speak’ to each other, and tone together well, you can use a patchwork of papers and it still looks lovely.

      The image not opening up to a larger size: I’ve checked them all and they all work for me, including the diagram one, so I’m stumped as to why it won’t work for you. Try hovering over the photograph and right clicking, then when the little box opens up for you with the options inside, try asking it to ‘open link in new tab’ Or ‘open link in new window’ … maybe then it will work.
      Failing that … if it still doesn’t work, let me know by leaving a comment saying it still doesn’t work, and I’ll email you the diagram. No trouble.

      Weather here bright, but very cold. It’s making my cats go cracker-cat. They’re all wired up as if someone has plugged them into the electricity and running about the cottage like crazy things. (Something will get broken the way they’re carrying on. Even the 19.5 year old cat is going crazy today and rushing round like a kitten. Fabulous to see, but I worry that she’ll forget that she’s actually 136 years old in cat years!! 😮

      Thank you so much for leaving me a comment, Astrid. I adore you visiting me.
      Sending love ❤ and a bit of warm sunshine, to the other end of the country ~ Cobs. x

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  2. This is beautiful! I love tags, so I’m in love with this. Sometimes I wish I could be as grown up as this, but then . . . nah, not bright enough.

    I’m also in love with your stamp! I’ve been thinking about getting one.

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    • Yes! Get a stamp LemonD. It’s such a great way to finish your project.

      I’m laughing about being ‘grown up’. I think one part of me stuck at 7 years old, another stuck at 17 yrs., and a little bit has it’s feet planted firmly in 27. After this, I just refused to grow any older. (anyway …. I have a rule – a lady should never admit to being older than their bra size, and never heavier than their shoe size converted into ‘stones’ in weight.).
      😀
      Sending love and giggles ~ Cobs. x

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  3. Hi Cobs, what a great tutorial…I am definitely going to try this today when I get home from work….would be great for the birthday and Christmas gift cards. Hope my cats don’t go crazy today…so far not…it’s been a very cold November here across the pond and preparing for Thanksgiving next week.
    Eva x

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    • Hello Eva, it’s such a treat to see you. 😊 Come in, sit down and get comfy while I put the kettle on. Let’s have coffee, ☕️ and a few giggles.” 😀 Cake? Biscuits? Both? 😄

      I’m thrilled that you like these style of card. They’re so easy to make. Just two folds and some nice bits of paper and your almost finished. And .. I agree: they’re great for birthday and Christmas gift cards! I’m going to make another one (probably tomorrow because I’m plum tuckered out today) for one of the youngest members of the family who lives roughly 200 miles away from me. I’ll pop a gift card into the inside pocket of one of these cards for her to find as her Christmas gift from me.

      With regard to the weather
      It’s bitterly cold, with a wind which cuts like a knife. But then suddenly the sun will peep out from behind it’s hiding place and it warms the air like a magic trick.

      I hope that the cold doesn’t get any colder for you Eva. At least … not yet. It’s too soon for that to happen. The seasons seem to be getting all confused over the last few years. Have you noticed this? Things are happening at the wrong time. Too soon. One season hasn’t had it’s moment, and yet the next one is already putting in an appearance. It’s dreadful for the plants and shrubs in my garden. They keep looking up at me and asking ‘Why?’

      Stay warm, safe and happy Eva. I hope the awful weather doesn’t appear anywhere near where you are.
      Sending love and warm cuddly hugs ~ Cobs. x

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  4. The only thing better than your projects are your instructions. Both are intricate and fun. You have an amazing sense of style, very diverse. I never know what I’m going to find when I get here.

    Have you thought of going “pro?” Doing something like being a rep for the companies whose products you use? Like at the trade shows? Your art would be of much interest to them, and I think you are certainly good enough; far, far better than any other I have ever seen, to make a living at this. Your enthusiasm and capacity to teach (even on here) is an asset you should explore.

    Beautiful, intricate card. Kudos to you. Patsye

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    • Hello my beautiful blogging friend Patsye! I never tire of reading anything at all written by you. Your blog posts or comments, here or anywhere! You have a style of writing which makes me feel like I’m delving into my favourite book, instantly. Your words are so loving and so kind, and yet they flow with an essence which speaks of you, the person behind the writing. You’re so eloquent and I love you for the person you are.

      Thank you for your kind and wonderfully encouraging words. I’m both thrilled to pieces and humbled at the same time that you should think so highly of me and my craftiness (is that a real word? I think I may have made it up! lol), but going ‘pro’? Aw – I’ve seen some of the amazing things which some of the professional bloggers make, and I couldn’t hold a candle to them! I love doing what I do – but I’m nowhere near good enough to be a professional.

      Thank you so much Patsye, for your amazingly kind words. I can’t thank you enough for your support. My chest is swollen with pride (and if you saw the size of it to start with, you’d say that it didn’t need any more pumping up – in fact, entirely the opposite! LOL), and at the same time I’m filled with gratitude towards you for such a wonderful validation.

      Bless you Patsye. I’m so glad that I found your blog, and so found you. You’re an incredible person and I’m so blessed to count you as one of my most favourite [blogging] friends.
      Sending you love, as always, ~ Cobs. x

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