Cards for Him
What you will make:
See how easy it is to make a card for the man in your life. While
it's true that in general, men and women have different taste in cards,
the real trick in making cards for any individual is to personalize them!
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.
In this card project, you'll make a card that easily fits into a
standard business-size envelope (#10 or DL). It uses decorative paper
that you can download and print, and solid-color paper or cardstock as
This card is based on the technique presented in the Four Patch Cards tutorial
Greeting Card Class. If you are new to
card-making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Here's what you need:
- White letter-size (A4) card stock
- White paper or cardstock for printing digital paper
- Solid-color paper or cardstock to match
- Glue stick
- Pencil and ruler or paper trimmer
- Black marker
- Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat, rubber
stamp and stamp pad
This project is rated EASY to do.
Make a Greeting Card for Him
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Card Blank
Most everyone has access to business-size envelopes (#10 or
DL), and this card blank fits perfectly inside! For the card blank, cut
3" (97mm for A4) off the length of letter-size cardstock.
cardstock in half, across its width, to make a 4" by 8½"
(100 mm by 210 mm) card blank.
- Step 2: Download and Print ePaper
The decorative paper used for this card is one of Aunt
Annie's ePapers. Download the
Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting. Print the ePaper on
white cardstock or paper; cardstock is best.
Tip: Does your guy like blue or green? Download
and print the
blue versions of
Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting ePaper. You
can also use any commercial decorative paper with circle designs.
- Step 3: Select Background Color and Cut
Select a color of cardstock or paper to use as the
background. You can use red or black or any color found in the
decorative paper—orange, yellow, brown, tan, etc. Pick a
color that will please the fellow receiving the card. What's his
favorite color? What colors does he wear? Black will give the
most dramatic look, while a medium brown tends to be soothing.
Cut four rectangles from the background cardstock: two measuring
1¾" by 2½" (44 mm by 63 mm) and two measuring
1¾" by 4" (44 mm by 102 mm).
It's easy to do this by first
cutting a 3½" by 6½" (88 mm by 165 mm) rectangle. Cut it in half
lengthwise, then cut the strips in two at 2½" (63 mm).
- Step 4: Cut Circles
Cut circles from the decorative paper following the dot
circles. Cut a variety of sizes with some partial and quarter
circles. For the sample card, cut 3 large circles (8th or 9th
ring of dots), 2 medium circles (7th ring, 1 full and 1
quarter circle), and 2 small circles (2nd, 3rd, or 4th rings).
- Step 5: Glue
Arrange the four rectangles in a grid pattern on the card front with the smaller rectangles at the top. Separate the rectangles with equal
spacing horizontally and vertically. Glue the rectangles in place.
Arrange the circles on the card in a pleasing manner. Use the sample cards as a guide.
Trim any circles that extend beyond the edge of the background. Glue
the circles in place.
- Step 6: Finish Card
There's white space at the bottom of the card that can be used
for a message or to further personalize the card. Write the message
with a black marker or use a rubber stamp. Write a greeting or verse
inside the card, and perhaps glue a few circles cut from the
decorative paper around the greeting.
You can add more decorative elements as you like, but nothing else is
Your card for him is done!
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