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Card Class 2: Tutorial #4 - Card Making Idea

Dangler Greeting Card

What we will be making:

Go beyond the ordinary with this novelty card featuring a dangler that twists and turns. See how easy it is to make this freestanding greeting card with a 3-dimensional opening for hanging your special dangler.

Create a birthday card with a dangler made with cutouts from Aunt Annie's Happy Birthday Balloons and Gifts ePaper, or make a card for your Dad with printable Father's Day Danglers. See examples in the sidebar.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a rectangular opening for a rectangle-shaped dangler. Once you have master this technique you will be able to design dangler cards with different shape danglers and openings.

The card in this tutorial uses red, white and blue and is suitable for any U.S. patriotic holiday—Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July. The project also includes printable danglers for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Related craft: Make a freestanding Halloween card that also doubles as a decoration—see how in Halloween Dangler Cards.

This greeting card tutorial builds on previous tutorials in the original 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:
  • Colored card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Scrap of cardstock
  • Decorative papers or stickers
  • String or thread
  • Bead: 6 to 8 mm
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Glue stick
  • ¼" or smaller hole punch

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

How to Make a Dangler Greeting Card

Read through the tutorial before starting.
Step 1: Prep Work

Choose a theme and colors for your card. The card in this tutorial uses red, white and blue and features a patriotic theme. You will need decorative papers or stickers to go with your theme. The sample card uses Aunt Annie's Red and Blue Stars ePaper and free clip art images from the Web.

Cut your card blank in half to create two  4¼″ by 5½″ rectangles.

Trace template Step 2: Cut Opening

Fold both card pieces in half, lengthwise. Cut a card opening template that is 1¼" by 3½" from the scrap of cardstock.

Place the template along the center fold of one card piece and trace around it. Cut out the opening.

Use cut card piece as template for cutting second card piece Lay the cut card piece on top of the second card piece and use its cut opening as a template for the second card piece—trace and cut. This ensures that the openings on the two card pieces are aligned with each other.

Erase any visible pencil lines.

Cut slits Step 3: Cut Slits

One one card piece, cut a slit on the center fold from the bottom that extends halfway to the opening. Cut another slit from the top that goes halfway to the opening.

On the second card piece, repeat but make the cuts from the inside of the opening—one towards the top and the other towards the bottom of the card.

Step 4: Assemble Card

Join the two card pieces by sliding the top and bottom slits together. Slightly bend the card piece with the cuts from the outside through the opening of the second card piece, slipping the bottom two slits together. Flex the card piece and slip the top two slits together. The card should stand on it's own when the card pieces are spread.

Join two card pieces by sliding slits together
Cover back card pieces Step 5: Cover Card Pieces (optional)

To make the front of the card stand out, cover either the back two pieces or the front two pieces with decorative paper. Lay the card flat and apply glue to the left-side piece. Cover with a piece of decorative paper. Trim excess paper away from the sides, top, bottom and opening. Repeat for the other side.

Tip: The decorative paper used in the sample is Aunt Annie's Red and Blue Stars ePaper.

Cut out and decorate dangler Step 6: Make Dangler

Cut a 2" by 3" rectangle from cardstock as the base for your dangler. The cardstock cut away to make the card opening can be trimmed down to make the dangler. Decorate both sides of the dangler with pictures and/or a message.

Tip: In Microsoft Word or a graphics program, fill a rectangle a little smaller than the 2" by 3" dangler with images and/or words. Print it, cut to size and glue to the dangler. These danglers use Word Art in Microsoft Word and clip art images downloaded from a website.

Thread string through the hole in top the of the dangler and a bead Step 7: Hang Dangler

Cut a 10" length of string or thread for hanging the dangler. Punch a hole in the top center of the dangler and push the string through the punched hole. Bring the two ends of the string together and thread through the hole in the bead. Tie a double knot close to the top of the bead.

Slip the two ends of the string between the front and back pieces of the card on either side of the join. Tie the ends together in a secure knot at the top of the card. Hide the tails between the card's front and back. Trim the loose ends, if needed.

Spread the card pieces and stand the card up.

That's it! What other dangler ideas do you have? Stand the card up

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  • 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.
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Birthday dangler card

Tip: It's easy to make a birthday dangler card, or a card for any occasion, by decorating the card and dangler to match the card's theme. This card was made using cut outs from  Aunt Annie's Happy Birthday Balloons and Gifts ePaper.

Project Extra: Pattern

Pattern for Father's Day danglers

Father's Day Danglers

This printable pattern includes images and messages for Father's Day that are sized for the 2" by 3" rectangular dangler. Just print, cut and glue—more details at Father's Day Dangler Cards.

Project Extra: Pattern

Pattern for patriotic danglers

Patriotic Danglers

This printable pattern includes images and messages for Memorial Day and Independence Day, July 4th, that are sized for the 2" by 3" rectangular dangler. Just print, cut and glue.

Dangler Card for Father's Day

Example Father's Day dangler card using a dangler design from Aunt Annie's Father's Day Dangler pattern, more at Father's Day Dangler Cards.

Heart-shaped opening with heart dangler

Tip: Make different shape openings and danglers to match your card's theme. This card was made by joining two full-size card blanks and cutting a heart shape opening.

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