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Card Class 2: Tutorial #6 - Card Making Idea

Cutout Edge Cards

What we will be making:

Special edge treatments are one of the things that can set your homemade card apart from a store-bought card. This greeting card tutorial shows how to add a cutout edge detail to your rubber-stamped cards. You'll also see how to quickly draw a background on a plain white card using felt-tip markers.

Project extras: Make a card for Father's Day using printable strips of solid colors that coordinate with printable ePapers. You can also make gift tags with cutout edges using the gift tag patterns below—don't miss the printable Christmas gift tags.

This greeting card tutorial builds on the previous tutorials in the original Greeting Card Class set of tutorials, especially the Repeat Cards tutorial. If you are new to card making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.

Check out Aunt Annie's Rubber Stamping Tips for ways to get the best possible image from your rubber stamp.

Related craft: For another edge technique, see the Scalloped Edge Cards tutorial.

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 - 1" by 5½″
  • Scissors and ruler or paper trimmer
  • Outline rubber stamp - 1½" to 2"
  • Optional: Message stamp, hole punch
  • Black stamp pad
  • Glue
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Felt-tip markers

This is a Greeting Card Class 2 tutorial and is rated EASY to do.

Making Cutout Edge Greeting Cards

Read through the tutorial before starting.
Select colors for cardstock and markers Step 1: Select Colors

This card's major design elements are stamped images and the cutout edge. The cutout edge is backed by a colored strip of cardstock, 1" by 5½″, that is glued to the card's inside right edge. The rubber stamp creates an outline to which you add color after stamping the image.

Select coordinating colors for the stamped images and the cutout edge's cardstock strip. For the sample card, the complementary colors of blue and orange are the card's major colors. The cardstock edge strip is blue, along with the mat for the card's message. To add interest to the stamped image, the flowers are given analogous colors: yellow, yellow-orange, and orange. The greens of stems and leaves are used as accents and in the background.

Color wheel showing complementary colorsComplementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. They highly contrast each other and naturally exude high energy.

Color wheel showing analogous colorsAnalogous colors are near each other on the color wheel, have a cheerful effect, reflect color schemes found in nature, and create color harmonies that are pleasing to the eye.

Marbled Strips
Marbled Strips ePaper

ePaper extra: Instead of a solid color edge strip, use strips of marbled paper as the cutout edge's background. Download and print Aunt Annie's Marbled Strips ePaper for a variety of marbled designs.

Stamp images on cardstock Step 2: Stamp Images

Stamp three to five images of your rubber stamp on the card's front. One or two of these images will be partially cut out for your cutout edge. For these cutouts, stamp near the right edge, about 1/8" to 1/2" from the edge.

Color stamped images with markers Step 3: Color Stamped Images

Using the colors you selected, color the stamped images with felt-tip markers.

Tip: For added interest, vary the color arrangements in each stamped image.

Draw line 3/4" from right-edge Step 4: Cut Edge

Using a ruler and pencil, draw a faint vertical line about ¾" from the right edge. The line should intersect one or two of your stamped images, but don't draw through the images.

Cut edge along line and around stamped images Cut the edge following the faint pencil line and around the right-side of the stamped images. Leave a tiny margin of white cardstock around the images.

Use markers to draw lined background Step 5: Draw Background

Using felt-tip markers, draw vertical or horizontal lines to make a background for your card. For the sample card, the lines are dots and dashes. A ruler was used to draw dots of blue and green—then dashes, mostly green, were drawn freehand.

Get creative: Use any combination of straight lines, dots, dashes, and squiggles to make the lined background. You can also use a ¼" hole punch to make dots to glue on the card. Keep the background simple and light so you don't overpower your stamped images.

Glue right-edge strip and make matted message Step 6: Assemble Card

Glue the edge's background cardstock strip to the right edge of the card's inside. Stamp a message on a piece of white cardstock and mat it with the same color of cardstock as the edge strip.

Cutout Edge Gift Tags
Printable pattern for cutout edge Christmas gift tags

Project extra: Make gift tags with cutout edges using Aunt Annie's Christmas Cutout Edge Gift Tag pattern or Templates for plain cutout edge gift tags. To make the Christmas gift tags: Cut out each 3-section gift tag strip, fold on the black lines, glue the two left sections back-to-back, trim away the light green strip from the tag front to make the cutout edge. Use the Plain Templates to create cutout edge gift tags of your own design using rubber stamps, stickers or cut outs.

That's it! Your card is ready to go!
Cutout edge card with stamped flowers

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Before you start a tutorial:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read through the tutorial.
  • Think about what you plan to make. Imagine how you can add your own creative touch.
  • Gather the materials you will need.
Get ready, and get started!!!
Cutout Edge Christmas Cards

Tip: It's quick and easy to make Christmas cards using the cutout edge technique. Gather your supplies, make a sample card or two, then setup a production line to make all the cards you need.

ePaper Extra

Printable strips of coordinating colors for Dot Painting ePapers

Father's Day Tip: Download and print strips of solid colors that coordinate with Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting ePapers. Use one of these strips as the cutout edge's background and combine this with circles cut from an Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting ePaper of your choice to make a Father's Day card.

For the sample card, brown cardstock and five circles cut from Dot Painting on Ochre ePaper were used along with the orange strip and a handwritten message.

Cutout edge Father's Day card


Cutout Edge card with heart cutouts

Tip: Cutout shapes, like these hearts, are an alternative to stamped images. Download and print other shapes from Aunt Annie's Simple Paper Cutting project.

This card features an edge background strip cut from Aunt Annie's Marbled Strips ePaper.

Cutout Edge card with stamped cupcakes

Tip: Use markers to make the right edge's background strip. Make the background with vertical lines and punched dots.

Cutout Edge card with stamped lions

Tip: Make a circular matted message with a circle punch. Use punches glued to the card front to balance the design on your card.

Cutout edge Christmas gift tags

Tip: Make gift tags with cutout edges. Use one of Aunt Annie's printable patterns (see Project Extra under Step 6) or start with a gift tag blank of any size. Follow the steps for the Cutout Edge card to create a gift tag using rubber stamps, stickers or cut outs.

Cutout edge gift tags - stickers and stamps


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