Card Class 2:
Tutorial #1- Card Making Idea
Scalloped Edge Cards
What we will be making:
In this greeting card tutorial learn how to make a fancy edge on your
handmade greeting cards using scallops and a paper punch. This is a
quick and easy way to add a strong design element along the right-side
or bottom edges of your card.
This greeting card tutorial builds on the previous tutorials in the
Greeting Card Class set of tutorials. If you are new to
card making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Refer to Card Class
Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- White card blank - 4¼″ by 5½″
- Colored cardstock - 5½″ by 8½″
- Scissors and ruler or paper trimmer
- Ruler or
template with 1" scallops
- Paper punch - 1" or smaller
- Pencil and eraser
- Optional supplies: Markers, colored pencils,
rubberstamps and stamp pads
Making Scalloped Edge Greeting Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
Step 1: Trace and Cut Scallops
Unfold the card blank and lightly mark the center point (2¾") on
one of the 5½" sides. Using a ruler
template with 1" scallops, trace a line of scallops along the 5½"
edge using the center mark to align the scallops evenly—left
and right. Cut along the traced line, then erase any remaining
pencil marks. Repeat on the piece of colored cardstock.
Tip: Vary the look of your cards by making the
scallops exactly on the edge or up to ½" in from the edge.
Project extras: Download Aunt Annie's printable
scalloped edge rulers template to make your own scalloped edge ruler.
Or for a different edge look, use Aunt Annie's printable
wavy edge rulers template to make your own wavy edge
Step 2: Cut Cardstock
Cut the colored cardstock with the scalloped edge such that
it is 2½" to 3½" wide. The width depends upon the
size of your paper punch.
Cut a strip of the same cardstock, or a coordinating piece of
paper, that is 1" to 1½" by 5½".
Step 3: Punch Along Edge
Using the paper punch, make several punches along the edge
that are spaced evenly.
Tip: Keep the punches to use in decorating
the card or envelope. You might also make additional punches
from the colored cardstock and/or coordinating paper.
Step 4: Glue Strip Inside Card
Glue the colored strip of cardstock or paper inside the card.
Align it to the straight 5½" edge.
Tip: This strip of paper backs the scalloped
edge and punched holes when the card is closed, so it is
important that there is a strong contrast between the card's
color and the strip's color.
Step 5: Assemble Card
Glue the scalloped cardstock to the front of the card, aligning
it to the folded edge. Decorate the card using the paper punches
from Step 3 or stamp a 2½" square of white cardstock
and color it with markers or colored pencils.
Get creative: Mix it up with two or more paper
punches. Use the scalloped edge treatment on any card design.
That's it! Your card is done!
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