Papercrafting in Twenty: Easter Cards & A Giveaway!
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Here’s our newest Papercrafting in Twenty project, quick and festive cards for Easter, created in just under 20 minutes!
And, these were made with supplies I’ve had in my stash for some time – gotta love that!
I created this project with just a few supplies:
- Plain cardstock in two coordinating colors (a dark and a light pink)
- Striped ribbon
- Buttons & embroidery floss from my stash
- A sentiment stamp (“Happy Easter“)
- Dye ink (in a color that matched the darker pink cardstock almost perfectly!)
- Small Glue Dots (for the buttons) and double-sided adhesive (for adhering the cardstock pieces and ribbon)
And two tools:
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give this quick and easy project a try?
You don’t have to create exactly as shown here – raid your stash for cardstock and patterned papers, buttons, twine and ribbons, stamps and ink, and adhesive.
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own version!
And then, of course, we want you to share yours with us!
Here’s how this super quick project was created…
Cut your card base (darker) cardstock to 5 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ long and fold it in half lengthwise so the finished card size is 5 1/2″ wide x 4 1/4″ high.
You can also use a pre-made card for this, making this project even quicker!
Cut the card front (lighter) cardstock (or patterned paper) to 5 1/4″ wide by 4″ high and adhere it to the card base (centering it so there’s an even border around all 4 edges of the card front).
Measure the width of the ribbon you plan to use and note that measurement. Then cut a 4 1/4″ length of the ribbon (long enough to go across the card front, from side to side).
Now, cut a strip of your darker cardstock (the same stock as you used for the card base) that measures 4 1/4″ long by 1/4″ wider than the measurement you noted above, the width of your ribbon.
In my case, my ribbon was 3/4″ wide, so I cut my cardstock strip (which would be placed underneath my ribbon) to 1″ wide (and 4 1/4″ long so it would span across the whole card front).
Adhere the cardstock strip you just cut to the front of the card, positioning it about two-thirds of the way down the card front and making sure the ends of the strip line up with the outer side edges of your card base.
Then, adhere your ribbon on top of that cardstock strip, centering the ribbon vertically so there’s an even margin of the cardstock showing above and below the ribbon, and ensuring that the ends of the ribbon line up with the edges of your cardstock strip and the card base edges (see the completed card image below for a close-up of how everything was lined up).
Cut short lengths of twine or embroidery floss for threading your buttons – I chose to use contrasting and coordinating colors for my threads.
I recommend threading the twine or embroidery floss from the fronts of the buttons to the backs, then crossing the threaded twine or embroidery floss ends in the back of the buttons and bringing the ends back through the holes to the button fronts. Then, tie the two ends of your knotted twine or floss in a knot, cinching them so they’re tight against the front of the buttons, and trim the ends off.
Next, apply a small Glue Dot (or other strong adhesive) to the back of each button and place them one by one on the ribbon strip, in a pattern that feels balanced.
Stamp your sentiment on the card front, in a location that feels good to you (I chose to center the “Happy Easter” sentiment, but you might want to stamp your sentiment off-center, vertically or horizontally – there’s no right or wrong way to do this!).
Note: If you’re a new stamper and you’re not yet confident in your stamping accuracy, I recommend stamping your sentiment on your card front first, before you adhere the card front to the base and complete any of the other steps – that way, if you mess up the stamping, you can always cut another panel and try stamping again BEFORE you do all the other work.
There’s nothing worse than being one step from completing a card and messing it up with a mis-stamped image!
This is the voice of experience talking!
Most of us have learned this lesson the hard way, right stampers? 😉
Sign and date the back of your card, or use a fun “Made By” stamp!
Yup, let the recipient know you made their card – no store-bought cards for you!
Voila! The finished cards!
Quick Stamp Clean-Up Tip:
I have always used baby wipes to clean my stamps. You too?
One frustration that I had was that I was always left with a “foamy” mess after rubbing the stamp with the baby wipe in an attempt to remove all the ink.
I then had to grab a paper towel and rub off the foamy mess.
Well, did you know that if you simply lay the baby wipe on the inked stamp and press all around the sentiment or image, the ink comes off just as easily…
…and leaves no foamy mess to clean up?
Yup! Who knew?!
Obviously, I’m a bit late to the easy clean-up game…and I’ve been stamping (and cleaning stamps) for 13 years!
It’s the little things in life…and old dogs can learn new tricks!
Twenty Minutes, Really?
Yes, these two cards were made in twenty minutes – really!
The only time-consuming step is threading the buttons (and you could leave that step out, or use brads to fill the holes if you prefer).
That’s it – quick and easy!
We hope you’ll give this type of quick and easy papercrafting project a try and share your creation with us by linking to it in the comments.
And we’d love to see what YOU created for Easter,
whether it took 20 minutes or 20 hours!
Share your Easter creations
(by linking to them in the comments below)
for a chance to WIN a fun
Easter/Spring papercrafting surprise!
Please share our newest offering, Papercrafting in Twenty, with your papercrafting buddies.
And finally, we’d love to hear from you – what would you like to see us create, in twenty minutes or less?
We can’t guarantee we’ll try everything suggested, but if it’s papercrafting-related and we think we can do it twenty minutes or less, it’s likely we’ll give it a try!
Oh, and if you know of papercrafters (talented amateurs, or artists and designers) who might want to contribute to Papercrafting in Twenty, send them our way – we’d love to hear from them!
And, we’d love to interview them, to find out how THEY find time to create.
We’d sure love to hear their tips and tricks – you too?
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