Step 1: Select Image
This card is built around a 3½" frame with its corners
built out, and uses layered strip folding to form a 2"
square-on-point inner frame.
Select an image that will fit into a 2"
square-on-point. Cut a 2" square from cardstock to use as a guide, or
draw a 2" square on clear plastic.
Tip: Cut images from old greeting cards or stamp
an image. The image used here is clip-art downloaded from
Step 2: Choose Strip Colors and Cut
Select colors for the paper strips that coordinate with your
selected image. For the bunny, yellow strips are used for the
outer frame, and pink strips for the corner
layers. The card's mat is blue, and the strips for the inner
frame are blue to match it.
For the outer frame, cut strips that are ¾" wide, with
enough length to later cut four 3½" strips. For the
corners, cut strips that are ¾" to 1½" wide. For
the inner frame, ½" wide strips are needed.
Fold the strips in half lengthwise and glue. Tip: You can fold
and glue all the strips now or as you need them.
Step 3: Make Outer Frame
Cut four 3½" folded strips for the frame. Arrange the
strips into a square, and glue them together at the corners. Be
sure to turn the folded edges of the strips toward the center of
Note which side of the frame looks the best. The corner
layers are glued to the back of the frame.
On the back of the frame, mark the midpoint on the inside of
each frame with a pencil or pen. These marks indicate the position
last layer for each corner.
Tip: Download and print one of the frame templates in the sidebar
to use as a guide.
Step 4: Fill Frame Corners
Fill each of the frame's corners with layers of folded
strips. Lay a short strip, with the folded edge toward the
center, across the corner and glue in place. Lay another strip
across the corner, overlapping the first strip just a little,
and glue in place. Add more strips, if needed, to fill the
corner. The last strip should meet the midpoint marked on two
Tip: Don't worry if the strips extend beyond
the outside edge of the frame. You will trim them in a later step.
Step 5: Inner Frame (optional)
Create an inner frame of paper strips that match the card's
mat. To do this, lay a narrow strip over the last strip on each
corner. Adjust the strips so that only a tiny bit shows on the
Step 6: Frame Image
Flip the frame over and position it over the image.
Glue in place.
Trim any paper that extends beyond the outer edge of the
Step 7: Assemble Card
Glue the frame with image to the card's mat. Add an accent strip
across the mat near the bottom. Glue the mat to the card.
That's it! Now anytime you have a special—but small—image,
you'll know how to build it up to make a terrific card!