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These craft projects feature ideas for handmade cards you can make using simple materials and techniques offered in Aunt Annie's Greeting Card Class tutorials and Greeting Card Class 2 tutorials. These craft projects featuring card making ideas are added each month and focus on one or more of the techniques featured in a card tutorial. To receive notice of a new card project, follow Aunt Annie's Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, RSS feed or with our newsletter.

Check out the card making tutorials in Greeting Card Class and Greeting Card Class 2.  The tutorials start with simple cards and builds to more complex ones. By the end of the 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!

The tutorials range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the card making projects, then select a card to make and have some crafting fun!

  • Fall and Winter Quilling Cards - Build on the Basics of Quilling and the quilling design patterns in the project to decorate greeting cards with quilling motifs for fall and winter—snowflake, acorn and pumpkin. The card ideas are based on the easy-to-make Four Patch Card, and use ePapers you can download and print.


  • Sweetheart Cards with Pockets - Make greeting cards for your sweetheart that feature pockets that you can fill with little tokens of your love. The pockets are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. These cards are  quick and easy to make using solid color cardstock and patterned papers that you can download and print.


  • Cutout Birthday Cards for Kids - Make birthday cards for kids with jungle-themed cutouts from the included printable pattern. Follow the detailed instructions for a lion or tiger birthday card or use the cutouts and shape templates to make cards of your own design.


  • More Step Pop-Up Cards - Everyone enjoys receiving a card with a pop-up inside. It's easier than you might think to add a pop-up to one of your handmade greeting cards. To get you started, three cards with step pop-ups are included in this project.


  • All Occasion Ribbon Cards - Create cards to have on hand that can be used for any occasion. These cards feature a ribbon backed decorative cut edge and stamped block backgrounds. Use these card ideas as a springboard to make cards of your own design using the tools and supplies available.


  • Halloween Dangler Cards - These free-standing Halloween cards with ghost or jack-o'-lantern danglers serve double-duty as a greeting card and a fun decoration for Halloween. Make several for your friends and family and some for yourself.


  • DIY Scoring Board - It's easy to make crisp and accurate fold lines with a scoring board, but there's no need to buy one when it's so easy to make one yourself! In this project, see how to make your own custom scoring board that can also be used to add embossed lines to your handmade cards and scrapbook layouts.


  • Woven Heart Valentines - Add the look of basket weaving to your Valentine's Day card creations by weaving together paper strips or by using one of Aunt Annie's Woven Strips digital downloads to achieve the woven-look. The card ideas presented here can easily be adapted for other holidays or occasions by changing the colors or using different cutout shapes.


  • Appliqué Heart Valentines - These Valentine's Day cards feature heart appliqués made with patterned papers that you can download and print. The paper appliqués on these greeting cards are made to resemble fabric appliqué seen on clothing and quilts. The project includes details for making four Valentine's Day cards.


  • Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards - Make a batch of Christmas cards in a flash that feature a stenciled Christmas bear holding a 3-D banner. Select from two stencil templates on the included printable pattern to cut a stencil that you use to create cards for sending to friends and relatives.


  • Zodiac Birthday Cards - It's easy to personalize a birthday card for someone by using their zodiac sign. In this project, you'll see how to use free clip-art images available on the internet as the featured element of the card.


  • Card with Money Pocket - See how to add a pocket for gifts of money to your handmade tall greeting card. With this integral pocket there is no need for a separate money envelope, and your gift is safe and secure. The tall card in this project fits in a standard business-size envelope (#10 or DL).


  • Card for Him - See how easy it is to make a card for the man in your life. Whether you are making a birthday card, a congratulations card or a card for some other occasion or event, it's easy to personalize the card in this project with colors and designs that suit him.


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