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Greeting Card Class Tutorials

About the tutorials

These tutorials come from the experience of teaching a 15-week card making class two or three times a year since the fall of 2005 for individuals with varying skills and experience with paper crafts. The tutorials start with simple cards and builds to more complex ones. By the end of the twelve 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!

Throughout 2014, we are revisiting the Card Class tutorials to show how to use each technique to make cards for a variety of occasions. Bookmark this page so you can keep up with the new additions.

For even more great card making ideas and techniques, see the tutorials in Greeting Card Class 2 and card making projects in the Greeting Card Ideas roundup. And be sure to checkout the Pop-up Cards projects!

Greeting cards for kids: For pop-up cards and more easy to make greeting cards that children can create, see the projects listed in Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.

The tutorials range in difficulty from EASY to AVERAGE

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the tutorials, then select a tutorial and have some crafting fun!

  • Four Patch Cards Tutorial #1 - Use this simple card making idea to create two beautiful greeting cards from a single 6" by 6" sheet of decorative paper. With this versatile technique you can make great looking card designs with ease! This tutorial also includes how to make card blanks and envelopes.

    Related: Kids' Four Patch Birthday Cards and Four Patch Card for Him


  • Matted Clip-art and Photo Cards Tutorial #2 - Learn matting techniques and color combining concepts to use with clip-art and photos to make stylish greeting cards.


  • Easy Rubber Stamp Repeat Cards Tutorial #3 - Learn to make cards using repeats of small rubber stamps arranged in threes or fours and matted. Once you learn this design concept it can be used for repeats of any small object—paper punches, cutouts from decorative paper, stencils, and more.


  • Stenciled Cards Tutorial #4 - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make cards using stencils and acrylic paint. You'll also be shown how to make your own stencils using paper punches or a few snips with scissors.

    Related: Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards


  • Paper Appliqué Cards Tutorial #5 - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make paper appliqué cards. Basically these are cards made from cut paper arranged on the card to mimic the look of cloth appliqué. There's no end to what can be done with this technique.

    Related: Appliqué Heart Valentines


  • Paper Weaving Cards Tutorial #6 - In this tutorial, you'll see how to weave paper strips into decorative elements for use on greeting cards. The tutorial also explores color concepts based on the color wheel.

    Related: Woven Heart Valentines


  • Embossed Cards Tutorial #7 - In this tutorial learn how to add embossing to your greeting cards without making a large investment in special tools. An embossed card is bound to be appreciated for its elegance.

    Related: DIY Scoring and Embossing Board


  • Bookmark Cards Tutorial #8 - This greeting card tutorial features a design element that is also a gift. See how to create a beautiful and functional bookmark that is the focal point for the card, while learning a simple decorative technique using markers.


  • Leaf Silhouette Cards Tutorial #9 - This greeting card tutorial uses sponged paper and leaf silhouettes to make a simple and elegant card. The design concepts of positive and negative space are introduced in this tutorial along with how to make your own unique decorative paper by sponging with paint.


  • Recycled Cards Tutorial #10 - In this tutorial learn how to make new greeting cards by recycling old cards. A variety of techniques are presented that make it easy to create a card you will be proud to give. Making recycled cards is a terrific group activity and is fun for people of all ages.


  • Pocket Cards Tutorial #11 - In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make greeting cards with pockets that can be filled with little pieces of your creative art. They are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. The pocket cards are very versatile, make several in a variety of colors to have on hand to decorate for any occasion.

    Related: Kids' Pocket Mother's Day Cards and Card with Money Pocket


  • Serendipity Square Cards Tutorial #12 - In this greeting card tutorial learn how to use leftover scraps of paper and cardstock to make colorful serendipity squares that are then combined in various ways to make beautiful cards. Once you learn how to make serendipity squares, you'll never need to throw away those small scraps of paper again!


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An invitation to you: Join in the fun and share your card making expertise. All you have to do to participate online is to post questions and comments to the Greeting Card Class group on Flickr and, if you like, upload pictures of your cards to the Flickr group.

You must have a Flickr account to upload pictures to Flickr. Basic Flickr accounts are free. Just register, upload pictures, and join the Greeting Card Class group. That's all it takes to post pictures of your cards for others to see.

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