- Step 1: Prep Work
Choose a theme and colors for your card. The card in this
tutorial uses red, white and blue and features a patriotic theme.
You will need decorative papers or stickers to go with your theme.
The sample card uses Aunt Annie's
Red and Blue Stars ePaper and clip
art images from the
Microsoft images web
Cut your card blank in half to create two 4¼″ by 5½″
rectangles. Fold both card pieces in half, lengthwise. Cut a card
opening template that is 1¼" by 3½" from the scrap of
Step 2: Cut Opening
Place the template along the center fold of one card piece and
trace around it. Cut out the opening.
Lay the cut card piece on top of the second card
piece and use its cut opening as a template for the second card piece—trace
and cut. This ensures that the openings on the two card pieces
are aligned with each other.
Erase any visible pencil lines.
Step 3: Cut Slits
One one card piece, cut a slit on the center fold from the
bottom that extends halfway to the opening. Cut another slit
from the top that goes halfway to the opening.
On the second card piece, repeat but make the cuts from the
inside of the opening—one towards the top and the other
towards the bottom of the card.
- Step 4: Assemble Card
Join the two card pieces by sliding the top and bottom slits
together. Slightly bend the card piece with the cuts from the outside
through the opening of the second card piece, slipping the
bottom two slits together. Flex the card piece and slip the top
two slits together. The card should stand on it's own when the
card pieces are spread.
Step 5: Cover Card Pieces (optional)
To make the front of the card stand out, cover either the
back two pieces or the front two pieces with decorative paper.
Lay the card flat and apply glue to the left-side piece. Cover
with a piece of decorative paper. Trim excess paper away from
the sides, top, bottom and opening. Repeat for the other side.
Tip: The decorative paper used in the sample
is Aunt Annie's
Red and Blue Stars ePaper.
Step 6: Make Dangle
Cut a 2" by 3" rectangle from cardstock as the base for your
dangle. The cardstock cut away to make the
card opening can be trimmed down to make the dangle. Decorate both sides of the dangle with pictures
and/or a message.
Tip: In Microsoft Word or a graphics
program, fill a rectangle a little smaller than the 2" by 3"
dangle with images and/or words. Print it, cut to size and glue
to the dangle. These dangles use Word Art in Microsoft Word and
clip art images downloaded from
Microsoft images web
Step 7: Hang Dangle
Cut a 10" length of string or thread for hanging the dangle.
Punch a hole in the top center of the dangle and push the string
through the punched hole. Bring the two ends of the string
together and thread through the hole in the bead. Tie a double
knot close to the top of the bead.
Slip the two ends of the string between the front and back
pieces of the card on either side of the join. Tie the ends together in a secure knot at
the top of the card. Hide the tails between the card's front and
back. Trim the loose ends, if needed.
the card pieces and stand the card up.