Today, I am going to show you how to create a custom greeting that can be added to the inside of your cards. For this project I am using Microsoft® Word 2010.
Begin by opening a new document file. Click on the insert tab and look for the text box selection.
Click on the text box option and look for the draw text box option.
Click on the white canvas. Hold the left mouse button and drag to draw a box. This will cause the program to automatically switch to the format tab. After drawing your box look to the right for the box labeled size and type in the measurements for your desired box size. If for some reason you do not see this section click on your box and it will appear. When sizing the box I typically make mine 1/2 inch smaller than my card base. This allows me to cut out the panel leaving a 1/4-inch border on the panel and another 1/4 inch of the base showing around the panel.
Once your box is drawn and the size is adjusted it is time to decide what color to make the border. This can be found under the shape outline option.
At this point you should have a box drawn with a colored border. Now, it’s time to add the greeting. To do this you will add a second text box inside the previously drawn box following the same procedure as before. For this box I choose the no outline option.
Finally add the desired text formatting as you would like.
The greeting is now ready to save, print, cut out and adhere to the inside of your card.
You can dress up your panel in a variety of ways by drawing multiple text boxes in graduating sizes, changing colors, and even adding shapes, which are also found under the format tab.
Here is a card I created using this process. I used the above process to print the double frame and greeting onto Simple Stories patterned paper. I then cut it out with my square dies. Finally I stamped the heart image.
The Epson printer that I use has trays for not only 8 1/2 x 11-inch papers but also a second tray for smaller sizes such as 4 x 6 inches. In order to save paper, if my base is smaller than 4 x 6 inches, I like to use that tray instead. When printing on a 4 x 6-inch paper, instead of a full-size sheet, simply change the size of the canvas you are working on. This can be done by opening a new file then selecting thepage layout tab and choosing the 4 x 6-inch option under the size drop down box.
This process also works well for adding a greeting to the front panel of a card as well. You can follow the same steps and place the text box in the desired location leaving space for stamps or other embellishing.
Here is the front of the card I showed earlier. I printed the double frame onto a 4 x 6-inch piece of Simple Stories patterned paper with the placing the greeting in the top left corner. I then stamped the lamp image and paper pieced the image with more Simple Stories patterned paper. Once finished I matted the image and placed it on a base made from Core’dinations cardstock and more Simple Stories patterned paper.
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Fancy Pants Designs Tri-panel Card
An amazingly simple card with a super complex look!
Project by Tami Mayberry
Many times I will see a card posted online and quickly decide I have no desire to make it due to the apparent complexity. Fortunately, most of the time, once I actually try to make the card I find that it was way easier than it first appeared. This tri-panel card is one such card. This is not my original idea; but, I have seen it posted online many times. Each time I saw it I thought "cool card" and simply skipped over it. Recently I decided to give it a shot and to my surprise it was very easy to make, requiring two sets of score lines and two simple cuts. Take a look below to see how it is made and to find out for yourself how easy this complex looking card really is.
To make the card you will need a 12" x 12" piece of card stock, a scoring board and some patterned papers and embellishments for decorating.
Begin with a 12" x 5 1/2" piece of Kraft card stock. Place on Scor-pal scoring board with the 12" edge at top fence, score at 2", 4", 8" and 10".
Rotate card stock and score between top and bottom horizontal lines at 1" and 4 1/2".
Cut along previous score lines beginning at top horizontal score and ending at bottom horizontal score.
Fold as shown below:
You have just made a tri-fold card.
Now for the fun part!!
The card can then be decorated as desired. I typically line the outer panels with patterned paper leaving a 1/8" mat. For this card that required two pieces measuring 1 3/4" x 5 1/4", two pieces measuring 3/4" x 3 3/4" and four pieces measuring 3/4" x 1 3/4".
Here is what the panel looks like when lined with the patterned paper. It can now be decorated as desired. I chose to use papers and embellishments from the The Good Life from Fancy Pants Designs:
Here is the card in the closed positon:
and once again shown in the opened position:
With three panels, the inside of the card, as well as the front, contains plenty of space for personalizing, stamping and a personal note.
Finally, here are the supplies I used for the card:
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Today I will be showing you how to easily make a gift box that can be used for giving special holiday treats and goodies.
Using the Scor-pal scoring board you can easily make a box like this with your favorite patterned paper or card stock. Easily change the patterned papers used to fit any holiday or occasion.
Here are the basic supplies I started with:
Determining the size to cut your box's paper depends on how big you want the box.
You simply add the height of the sides with the base width to get the size to cut the paper.
I wanted a 3" box with sides that were 2" high. Using the formula above that would be 2" + 3" +2" for a total of 7".
So, I cut a 7" square of patterned paper.
I then scored 2" from the left and 2" from the right (6" mark).
Rotate 90 degrees and repeat.
Next snip the left and right vertical score lines from the outer edge to the horizontal scores.
Add adhesive to the outside edge flaps.
Fold inwards and adhere to create the base of the box.
To create the lid I used the same formula for creating the box.
This time I wanted a 3 1/8" base so it would leave just enough room to fit over the base.
I wanted the sides to be 1".
That made my base 5 1/8"
Since the base is a rather odd number I took the lazy way out when figuring the score lines.
I scored 1" from the edge and then rotated it and repeated until all 4 sides were scored.
That made the sides each 1" in height leaving the center a 3 1/8" square.
Once scored the lid simply needs snipped and folded in the same manner as the box base.
Here is the finished box.
Now time to decorate!
I began by embossing a piece of 4.25"x5.5" card stock.
Next I cut it to fit the top of the lid and sanded the pattern.
I then die cut some flowers.
The flowers were then layered together, inked and topped with a big button laced with hemp.
Finally I added the flowers and a tag to the top of the box and it was finished.
Here are the supplies used in this project:
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Today I have an easy project to share that makes a fun and inexpensive gift for almost anyone. Of course, while you're at it, I'm sure you'll want to make one of these triple easel displays for yourself!
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