Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY: let's make a card!

Nothing tops a handmade card! Here is a simple design that you can personalize for any occasion. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect! I'll walk you through the steps and you'll see it's easier than it looks :)
(Click on them for sources)
- pencil & eraser
- Marker in a fun color
- Ruler (not pictured)

Step 1. Sketch out 3 flag poles and 2 flags. The flags should be about 1/2 inch wide. Each pole should be a different length and they should point away from each other so there's room for each flag. No need for perfection! Use your eraser if you need to!
Step 2. Add a pattern to one flag, if you want, or you can leave it blank. Then, carefully go over your pencil lines with the super fine pen. Let dry for a couple minutes.
Step 3. While the ink is drying, cut your ribbon. Start with 2 inches to leave room for mistakes. Fold the ribbon end in half and make a diagonal cut that slants away from the end. (Click here for more detailed directions)
Step 4. Color in one flag with the colored marker and write a message such as "happy birthday" or "thanks" in the other flag. I wrote "hurrah!" because I made my flag too small. A super fine pen means you can write very small, though! Now use your eraser to get rid of all the pencil lines.
Step 5. Carefully apply adhesive along half of the back of the ribbon. Don't apply it to the v-cut end, since it can make the ribbon unravel. Trim up any loose threads.
Step 6. Place the ribbon on the empty flag pole and gently press to adhere it to the paper. Lift up the unglued end and apply a little adhesive directly to the paper.

Don't forget to sign and date the back! And don't hesitate to ask if you're having trouble or don't get one of the steps.

There you go! A nice little card to give to someone you luuurrrve (that's British for "love")


Despina T. said...

you are so talented.i couldn'y even drawn decently to make my own card.really beautiful post!


Have you thought about making your own greeting cards or working for Hallmark?


Have you thought about making your own greeting cards or working for Hallmark?

katherine said...

you make this look so easy. so cute!

Collette Osuna said...

Adorable card!!! I used to scrapbook and make cards....time got away from me.

Yours is just toooo cute!

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LisaAnne said...

So cute! This is one of my favorite posts. I'm obsessed with homemade cards and gift wrap presentation! Just gave my guy a fun anniversary package this weekend... should've taken pics.
xx- Annalise

Sarah | Cable Car Couture said...

This is super cute! What a fun tutorial, I hope you've pinned it on Pinterest :)

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