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Four Patch Cards
What we will be making:
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards and envelopes from simple
materials, decorate the card with
four patches of fancy paper, and finish things off with a simple embellishment.
A card-making idea I'll be passing onto you is one from my sister. It's how
to use a single 6" by 6" piece
of decorative paper to make two greeting cards OR two coordinating 6" by 6" sheets (light and dark, or
plain and patterned of the same color) to make four cards.
Here's what you need:
- White letter-size (A4) card stock
- Decorative paper - ePaper will work
- Ruler or paper trimmer
- White computer paper for envelopes
- Optional supplies: Colored cardstock, paper punches, rubber stamps, colored pencils.
This tutorial is the first of twelve
card-making tutorials and is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Four Patch Greeting Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Card Blanks and Envelopes
One of the most economical ways to make greeting cards is by using white, letter-size (A4) cardstock and computer paper. A 250-sheet ream
of 8½" by 11" white cardstock makes 500 cards, and a 500-sheet ream of white 20# paper makes 500 envelopes. That works out
to a few pennies for a card and envelope.
For a Card
Cut a full sheet of cardstock in half to make two 8½" by 5½" card blanks.
Fold the card blank in half to make a 4¼" by 5½" card.
Tip: For crisp and accurate fold lines, use a scoring board like the
For an Envelope For an Envelope
Trace or print an envelope template onto a sheet of paper.
Cut, fold and glue according to instructions.
Envelopes to Make
craft project for templates and instructions.
Here are some templates from
Canon Creative Park to use:
The templates are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
- Step 2: Select and Prepare Decorative Paper
Select one decorative paper or two papers (one light and one dark of the same color, or one plain and one patterned of the same color).
Tip: The decorative paper used for the sample cards
is Aunt Annie's downloadable
Red marbled stones
Cut two rectangles measuring 3½" by 2¼": one of each paper, or two from one 6" by 6" paper.
Use this layout to make good use of a 6" by 6" sheet of paper.
Download a PDF file with the suggested layout and cutting templates to size.
- Step 3: Make Second Cut
Stack the two rectangles and, while holding them firmly together, cut horizontally about 1/3 from the top. The cut can be straight, V-shaped or curved, but the beginning
and ending of the cut must be the same distance from the top.
- Step 4: Arrange Cut Pieces
Arrange the four cut pieces on the card to your liking. To make
cards like the examples, separate the patches with equal spacing both horizontally and vertically,
and, when using two different papers, swap the tops or bottoms.
- Step 5: Make a Medallion Embellishment
Create a medallion for the card center—cut a 1" to 1½" square of cardstock, or punch a 1" circle.
Decorate with a rubberstamp or with punched paper.
Glue the medallion to the center of the card.
Tip: For an added touch, stick the embellishment on the card using double-side foam tape. This will give
it a 3D look. A piece of corrugated cardboard can be used in place of the foam tape—just cut it to size, glue it to the back of the embellishment,
then glue it to the card.
Tip: Use Aunt Annie's
Heart Cutouts printable to make heart medallions for your card.
- Step 6: Wrap Up
The remaining paper from the 6" square(s) can be used to make another card or to decorate the inside of the card or the envelope.
Tip: There will be more design continuity if the card's message is decorated similarly to the card front..
That's it! Make a card of your
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