Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Greeting Card From Scratch – Guest Post by Tanja Weir
It is a special treat for me to create a greeting card for “That Dude Eddie” because making a card for a poem is like building a special frame for a piece of art. Many card makers, including me, love the process of using their hands to shape the paper that makes the card and in this process we pack a lot of time and love into the meaning of the card. I am a rubber stamper and have many stamps with sentiments and greetings because I love to make cards and often lack the words and so I use the stamped words and greetings for my message. Building a card for a poem that has grown from feelings and passion is so much more special to me.
Making greeting cards is a fairly simple process. It requires cardstock, some cutting and scoring. Many people rubber stamp their cards and add embellishments. Here is the step by step process in which I created the card for the poem Blue Bucket.
Step 1: Select the poem you would like to feature and decide your layout. Blue Bucket is a fairly long poem and I chose to feature half on the front page and half on the second page. Print your poem on a piece of cardstock and let it dry for about an hour (that ensures that the ink from the printer is truly dry).
Step 2: My cardstock is 8 ½” by 11” and I am going add a score line at 4 ¼” and I am also trimming ½” off the right edge to shorten the width of the front page (that way the sponging on the inside will show later). See picture 1 for help. Your card should look like picture 2.
Step 3: I chose only two colors for this poem, Pacific Point (which is a blue to complement the title) and Crumb Cake (a beige to add a second color that doesn’t compete with the first). I wanted the colors to complement the poem without distracting from it. Use a piece of computer paper to mask the majority of the inside page leaving a ½” edge. Sponge this edge (see picture 3 for help). Repeat this on the front page on the left side. Your card should now look like picture 4.
Step 4: Time for some stamping. To add some interest to the front and the inside, I stamped partial images by “stamping off the edge.” This means exactly what it says, you stamp only part of your image on the card. For the inside, the image appears only on the left page and not on the right (as not to distract from the poem). To achieve this effect you have to fold the card as shown in picture 5 or you will also stamp on the right side. So, I folded my card and stamped an image from the set Delicate Doilies with Crumb Cake ink. I also stamped three of them on the front with the card open as shown in picture 6.
Step 5: Embellish or not? Adding ribbon or other embellishments can really add to your card but before adding any embellishments I always ask myself how is this card going to get to its recipient? If I hand deliver my cards, I embellish a lot. If it needs to be mailed, I always decide first whether I want to put it in a bubble mailer or not. This card really wanted something eye catching and I decided on a jean ribbon because both the color and the texture really went with the theme of the poem. As you can tell, it doesn’t need anything else.
I hope you enjoyed this card that I specially created for That Dude Eddie. If you would like to learn more about the art of rubber stamping and greeting cards, feel free to stop by my blog www.spunkycards.com.