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These tutorials come from the experience of teaching a 15-week card making class two or three times a year since
the fall of 2005 for individuals with varying skills and experience with paper crafts. The tutorials start with
simple cards and builds to more complex ones. By the end of the twelve tutorials you will have learned many
paper crafting techniques and will be able to make greeting cards that are truly appreciated by those receiving them.
There's no time like the present, so get started now!
Throughout 2014, we are revisiting the Card Class
tutorials to show how to use each technique to make cards for a
variety of occasions. Bookmark this page so you can keep up with the
For even more great card making ideas and techniques, see the tutorials in Greeting
Card Class 2 and card making projects in the
Card Ideas roundup. And be sure to checkout the
Greeting cards for kids: For pop-up cards and more easy to
make greeting cards that children can create, see the projects listed in
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.
The tutorials range in difficulty from EASY to
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the
tutorials, then select a tutorial and have
some crafting fun!
Four Patch Cards
Tutorial #1 - Use this simple
card making idea to create two beautiful greeting cards from a single 6" by 6" sheet of
decorative paper. With this versatile technique you can make great
looking card designs with ease! This tutorial also includes how to make card blanks and envelopes.
Kids' Four Patch Birthday
Card for Him
Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards
Tutorial #2 - Learn matting techniques and color combining concepts
to use with clip-art and photos to make stylish greeting cards.
Easy Rubber Stamp Repeat Cards Tutorial #3 - Learn to make cards using repeats of
small rubber stamps arranged in threes or fours and matted. Once you learn this design concept it can be used
for repeats of any small object—paper punches, cutouts from decorative paper, stencils, and more.
Tutorial #4 - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards using stencils and
acrylic paint. You'll also be shown how to make your own stencils using
paper punches or a few snips with scissors.
Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards
Appliqué Cards Tutorial #5 - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to
make paper appliqué cards. Basically these are cards made from cut
paper arranged on the card to mimic the look of cloth appliqué.
There's no end to what can be done with this technique.
Appliqué Heart Valentines
Paper Weaving Cards
Tutorial #6 -
In this tutorial, you'll see how to weave paper strips into
decorative elements for use on greeting cards. The tutorial also explores color
concepts based on the color wheel.
Tutorial #7 - In this tutorial learn how to add embossing to your greeting cards
without making a large investment in special tools. An embossed card is bound to be appreciated for its
Scoring and Embossing Board
Cards Tutorial #8 - This
greeting card tutorial features a design element that is also a
gift. See how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the
focal point for the card, while learning a simple decorative technique
Leaf Silhouette Cards
Tutorial #9 - This greeting card tutorial uses sponged paper and leaf silhouettes to
make a simple and elegant card. The design concepts of positive and
negative space are introduced in this tutorial along with how to make
your own unique decorative paper by sponging with paint.
Recycled Cards Tutorial #10 - In this
tutorial learn how to make new greeting cards by recycling old
cards. A variety of techniques are presented that make it easy to
create a card you will be proud to give. Making recycled cards is a
terrific group activity and is fun for people of all ages.
Pocket Cards Tutorial #11
- In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make greeting cards with pockets
that can be filled with little pieces of your creative art. They
are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. The pocket cards are
very versatile, make several in a variety of colors to have on hand to
decorate for any occasion.
Kids' Pocket Mother's Day Cards and Card
with Money Pocket
Serendipity Square Cards Tutorial #12
- In this greeting card tutorial learn how to use leftover scraps of
paper and cardstock to make colorful serendipity squares that are
then combined in various ways to make beautiful cards. Once you learn how to make serendipity squares, you'll never need
to throw away those small scraps of paper again!
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