Monday, June 20, 2011

How to Make a Crazy Card with Paper Scraps and Tape

How to Make a Crazy Card using Tape and Scraps

1. Start with a piece of paper, folded in half.  

For example, a 9” x 12” sheet of paper, folded in half, would make a card that is 6 x 9 inches, or 
4.5 x 12 inches, depending upon the paper grain.  

Any size paper will work.

2. Use a paper trimmer to cut different sized “chunks” out of the front and back of the card.
I prefer to make the “chunks” a variety of sizes, but how you choose to do it is great.

 (Sometimes you need scissors to finish the cut).

3. Use collage scraps, paper ephemera, or photos to add the “chunks” back into the card.  You can use a cutting mat to measure the specific sizes of paper you’ll need to fill the spaces back in.  

Now it’s time to use that TAPE!!!!

Attach the paper pieces to the card with colorful tape.  You could use masking tape, Japanese washi tape, or clear plastic decorative tape, etc.  

 {A variety of thick and thin sized tape is really fun to have when creating cards and journal pages.}

Remember, the back of the card is just as important as the front and inside of the card. So, don’t be afraid to wrap tape around the edges of the card onto the back.

Other Considerations:

To jazz up the front of the card, here are a few suggestions:

1. Create something out of tape, like a square frame that might surround a picture or set of words.  
2. Use rubber stamp letters to spell “Thank You” or “Happy Birthday”, or whatever you’d like to say.
3. Use pen and ink to create a doodle.

On the inside of the card, you could:
1. Use rubber stamp letters to print your message.
2. Use a pen or pencil to write a nice message in your own handwriting.
3. Use a typewriter or computer to type your message.  Then print and paste that onto the card.

On the back of the card, you could:
1. Use decorative borders . . . either rubber stamp or a paper version.
2. Write or print, “Handmade with Love By . . .”
3. Leave it as is, because it already looks great!

I came up with this method of card making while working on a journal for Mary Ann Moss’ online class, Full Tilt Boogie.
Making cards, or journal pages, in this manner is a great way to use up those bits and pieces of paper strips and scraps that we simply can’t throw away.

Card open

Front of card

Back of card

Use your creativity and have fun!  

[This is the first tutorial on my blog, and I'd love to hear feedback on what you liked!  What other tutorials would you like to see?]

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