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).
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:
Now at this point I think I’d recommend that you now make another one exactly the same – but 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.
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’.
If you now fold your card along the two score lines, it should look something like this:
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?)
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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:
. . . . finally the back … and as I always say to everyone – ALWAYS sign your artwork . . .
. . . can’t read it? . . . here y’ go:
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 YOU – just 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 ~