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All Occasion Cards with a Ribbon Edge

What you will make:

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. (Solid colored paper may be substituted for the ribbon.) Use these card ideas as a springboard to make cards of your own design using the tools and supplies available. You can use rubberstamps, stencils, punches, stickers or simple line drawings to create the feature elements for your card.

The techniques for making ribbon edge cards and creating a background rubberstamp are explained in the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial from Aunt Annie's Card Class 2. See this tutorial for detailed instructions, and if you are new to card making, review the Greeting Card Class tutorials for ideas and basic techniques. For how to make envelopes, see the Four Patch Cards tutorial or see the Envelopes to Make craft project for envelope templates and instructions.

Here's what you need:
  • White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Red and/or blue ribbon: ½″- to ¾″-wide
  • Glue stick or white craft glue
  • Scissors: straight and decorative
  • 5/8" by ¾″ rectangular background stamp, see how to make
  • Ruler and pencil
  • 1" to 1½" rubber stamps and/or stencils
  • Stamp pads: black, green, red, brown and/or orange
  • Markers or colored pencils: black and colored
  • Optional supplies: Paper punches, stickers

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make All Occasion Cards with a Ribbon Edge

Read through the instructions before starting.

Scroll down to see the materials and instructions for both card designs. Refer to the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

#1: Six Stamped Blocks
All occasion card with six stamped blocks
Materials:
  • - Blue ribbon: ½″- to ¾″-wide
  • - Green and blue colored pencils
  • - Green and blue stamp pads
Tools:
  • - Scalloped decorative edge scissors
  • - 1" to 1½" rubber stamps: birds, vines and message

Prep work: If you don't have one, make a 5/8" by ¾″ background stamp—see how to make. Cut scallops with decorative scissors along the right edge of the card front following the instructions in Step 2 of the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial. Use the pencil and ruler to lightly draw the six blocks on the card front: 4-1½" squares and 2-1½" by 1¼" rectangles. Tip: Pre-stamped blocks in green are included on the stamped squares printable.

To make the card: Follow the instructions in the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial, steps 5 thru 8. Lightly stamp the six blocks in green using the background stamp. Outline the blocks with a blue colored pencil, stamp the rubberstamp images in blue and color them in with a green colored pencil. Further enhance the message block by drawing a border around the message using the green pencil. Glue the blue ribbon inside the the card so it is behind the cut front edge.

#2: Four Stenciled Blocks
All occasion card with stenciled images
Materials:
  • - Red ribbon: ½″- to ¾″-wide
  • - Black  (fine-tip), green, blue, red, brown and orange markers.
  • - Red and orange stamp pads
Tools:
  • - Majestic decorative edge scissors
  • - 1" to 1½" stencils: flowers and flying insects
  • - Small ladybug or caterpillar stencil

Prep work: If you don't have one, make a 5/8" by ¾″ background stamp—see how to make. Cut the right edge of the card front with the majestic decorative edge scissors  following the instructions in Step 2 of the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial. Use the pencil and ruler to lightly draw the four 1¾″ blocks on the card front, leaving 1¼" blank at the bottom of the card. Tip: Pre-stamped blocks in red and orange are included on the stamped squares printable.

To make the card: Follow the instructions in the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial, steps 5 thru 8. Lightly stamp two blocks with red and two blocks with orange using the background stamp. Use the fine-tip black marker to trace a stencil image onto each block and to draw a border around each image. Trace one or two ladybugs or caterpillars near the bottom center of the card front and use the black marker to add dashed crawling trails. Color the traced images in with the markers. Glue the red ribbon inside the the card so it is behind the cut front edge.

That's it! Now you have the idea! Examples of All Occasion Cards with Ribbon Edge

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the card.
  • Think about the person getting the card and the card's sentiment.
  • Think about the card and imagine how it will look.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Example scalloped edge cards

Related crafts: To make other fancy edge cards, see the Scalloped Edge Cards and Cutout Edge Cards craft projects.

Example Cutout Edge cards

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Printed squares

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Tip: If you don't have colored stamped pads or the background stamp, there's another option! Print Aunt Annie's stamped squares printable and cut out and glue the squares to your card—see the sample card below for a card idea using the blue stamped squares.

Stamped squares example card

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Card idea: For this card, the blue squares were cutout and each square was outlined with a purple pencil. Images of flowers and birds were stamped in black, along with "Missing You". The card edge was cut with decorative scissors and  lines were drawn on the inside edge with the purple pencil instead of gluing a ribbon.

Example ribbon edge Christmas cards

Related project: Make Christmas cards with a ribbon edge, see how in the Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards tutorial from Aunt Annie's Card Class 2.

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