DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery

Writing letters is such a lost art form. Now, the only paper mail I ever get are bills. And that’s just no fun. That’s why this DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery has me really excited to write letters again! I can’t wait to show off this super cute stationery design – and I’m so excited that I can make my own stationery at home instead of buying it!

DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery

If you’re thinking “I never write letters, this craft isn’t useful to me,” then let me just stop you right there. First of all, maybe you don’t write letters, but what about thank you notes? What about invitations? Some things have switched over to e-mail, but thank you notes and invitations are still much more meaningful and heartfelt when sent through the mail. And now, your letters will stand out against the rest of the mail! Who has time for a boring old bill when this fabulous envelope shows up in their mailbox? 😉

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Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims

I love using a set of coordinated papers to make handmade greeting cards. Everything works together beautifully, from the darks to the lights to the pretty patterns. Adding a touch of bling certainly adds extra interest to the flat cardstock, but I want to add even more personality and dimension to my DIY cards.

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims

Ribbons and washi tape are lovely, but what I really love using are decorative trims – the kind for sewing! Decorative trims come in so many different designs and they really make your homemade cards pop with frolic and fun!

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims

Supplies:

  • White lacy embroidered trim
  • Blue folded card – 5” x 7”
  • Pale background cardstock panel – 4.5” x 6.5”
  • Patterned cardstock panel – 4” x 5”
  • Markers – pink, yellow, blue
  • Scotch tape
  • Paper adhesive
  • Clear gel glue
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims
1. Color a 6.5″ length of white embroidered trim with markers – just tap the color on without rubbing the delicate threads too much.

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims
2. Ink the edges of the background panel with a marker. I really like how each layer of cardstock stands out when you ink the edges.

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims
3. Slice the patterned panel into 4 strips (even or varied widths) and ink the edges. Glue them like windowpanes (with space in-between) to the background panel, working from the outside in toward the center for even spacing.

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims
4. Use clear gel glue to adhere the trim to the front of the card panel. Dab a bit of glue along the edges to prevent unraveling.

Glam Up Your Handmade Greeting Cards with Decorative Trims
5. Adhere the embellished panel to the folded card, add a few rhinestones in the flowers and you’re done!

What do you use to embellish your handmade cards?

 

 

Thanks for Participating in the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Swap-bot Crafty Card Making Swap  - Thank You!Last month, we were pleased to host a Crafty Card Making Swap over at Swap-bot! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. For our swap, participants exchanged a handmade card and included an inspirational message inside. The swap was meant to encourage participants to keep crafting, stay inspired, and have fun!

Our swap included a total of 32 participants! It was so much fun to craft an inspirational card, and it was a joy to receive one as well! To everyone who participated . . .

 

Thank you!

 

 In case you missed the opportunity to participate in the Crafty Card Making Swap last May, never fear! You can find a variety of amazing swaps over at Swap-bot.

In the meantime, keep your creativity alive by checking out some of our favorite card making tutorials!

 

Birthday Cards

Summer is the most popular time of year for birthdays! Now is the time to try any of these awesome homemade birthday card ideas. You can get fancy with 3D crafts or test your paper quilling skills with some of the cards listed below.

Happy BIRD-day 3D Card

Happy BIRD-day 3D Card

3D Miniature Birthday Card

Simply Stamped Birthday Card

 

Wedding Cards

Congratulate the new bride and groom with a handmade wedding card! Whether you like a clean and cut look or a vintage style, there are unique wedding card ideas listed below for your perusal.

Dress and Tux Trifold Wedding Card

Dress and Tux Trifold Wedding Card

Something Old Something Blue Wedding Invitation

Lovely and Lacy Wedding Card

 

Baby Cards

The most adorable cards ever are baby cards. Add a little quilled duck to a handmade card or use fancy die cutting supplies to make one of the sweet cards below.

Adorable Quilled Duck Baby Card

Adorable Quilled Duck Baby Card

Baby Building Block Card

Little Peanut Birth Announcement

 

Cards for any Occasion

For a unique new card making technique, try one of these cards for any occasion. From gorgeous ribbons to little pockets, you’ll find a new card that you will want to try.

Little Pocket Greeting Cards

 Little Pocket Greeting Cards

God’s Art Through Flowers Handmade Card

 Vintage Tile DIY Card

 

Have you ever participated in a swap? What did you make?

 

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Crafty Card Making SwapIn case you missed it, AllFreePaperCrafts is hosting an awesome Crafty Card Making Swap over at Swap-bot, and it’s not too late to sign up!

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, here is some important information! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to read the details of the Crafty Card Making Swap below!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Swap me!

What kind of card would you like to receive in a swap?

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Hey, paper crafters! If you love card making like we do at AllFreePaperCrafts, you probably love snail mail! In an effort to encourage not just the sending of snail mail, but the camaraderie of card making buddies, we are launching a Crafty Card Making Swap!

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap from AllFreePaperCrafts!

 

Crafty Card Making Swap

 

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, let us be the first to introduce you! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Swap me!Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Have you ever participated in a swap before? If so, what did you swap?

 

Say Hello To Spring With Handmade Greeting Cards

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Hello crafters! Spring is finally here and I’m excited to start crafting for Easter. I love sending cards to friends – it’s a great way to add a smile to their mailboxes! I’ve been die cutting lots of patterned paper into super fun flowers, which I love doing. This creates visual interest when the main image is the pattern. Here is the card set I’ve created for you today.

Materials:

  • Solid cardstock (both color and white)
  • Patterned paper
  • Die Cutting machine (I used a Silhouette)
  • Border punch
  • 3D adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Glossy Accents
  • Stamps or sentiment stickers (Mine are SRM Stickers)
  • Sewing machine (optional)

These cards are super easy to make. You pretty much create a simple base and let the die cut flower do all the talking. First, choose your cardstock and patterned paper.

Cut first piece of patterned paper down to 5” X 3.75”, border punch the bottom and adhere to card front.

Next trim down a piece white cardstock to 4.25” X 3.25”, add sentiment sticker and then add 3D adhesive to the back. Adhere this to your card front.

Next using more 3D adhesive adhere your die cut flower to the white cardstock.

Get your liquid adhesive and add a button to the flower center.

Lastly finish the card off with a single line of stitching above the scallop.

Time to Celebrate! Make Homemade Birthday Cards

13 Homemade Birthday Cards

Birthdays are the only holidays that takes place year round. If you’re like me, you have people to shop for at least once a month. May is a particularly busy month for birthdays in my life, but did you know that the least people are born in May? NobleWorks has compiled a collection of fabulous birthday facts. Here are some highlights for you:

  • The most common day of the week for baby births is Tuesday. Sunday is the least common.
  • In America, the most common birth date is October 5.
  • The world’s largest birthday cake was created in 1989. It weighed 128,238 pounds, 8 oz. and used 16,209 pounds of icing.
  • Close to 2 billion birthday cards are sent each year in the U.S. alone, accounting for nearly 58 percent of all cards sent.

That last one should make any card maker‘s eyes widen. Not only is two billion a HUGE number, but that’s an easy majority of all cards sent. If you have yet to make a birthday card, now is the time to start. More likely than not though, you’re an avid card maker and you’ve surely made quite a few homemade birthday cards in your time. Well now you can get some new ideas! Get inspired with our collection of 13 Homemade Birthday Cards. Whether you need invitation ideas for your next birthday party or you need to create a new handmade greeting for a loved one, these ideas will certainly inspire you as you make your next birthday greeting.

Invitation Ideas

Surprise Rainbow Invitation One of the most important parts of throwing birthday parties is sending out invitations. After all, if you don’t invite people, no one will come! Invite loved ones to a party in a creative way with the Surprise Rainbow Invitations. These are a personal favorite. They fold into an envelope snugly and then they unfold in a surprise rainbow! SO clever and cute.

Surprise Rainbow Invitations
Ninja Scroll Invitations
iPhone Party Invitation

Card Making Tutorials

Embossed Birthday Card Sure, you could buy a cute birthday card at the store, but why not make something that’s one of a kind? Test your card making skills by making the Embossed Birthday Card. This gorgeous card is dimensional and desirable. Add a floral embellishment to the center and beautiful ribbon bow to give it a fresh and fun look. This card is surprisingly simple to make, and it looks so beautiful when finished!

Embossed Birthday Card
Flowers and Lace Box Card
3D Butterfly Birthday Card

 

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For more beautiful birthday cards, be sure to check out our collection of 13 Homemade Birthday Cards! Find invitation ideas and card making tutorials here, and get inspired to make new and exciting birthday cards for your loved ones every year!

 

Give us an estimate! How many birthday cards do you make each year?

 

 

12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards

The holiday season has come to a close, but there are plenty of occasions to celebrate in the coming months. Give the gift of a handmade card that fits any season. At AllFreePaperCrafts, we have tons of great handmade card ideas for those times you want to send birthday greetings to friends, notes of thanks to helpful neighbors, or well wishes to family members who live far away. Whether you’ve been making your own cards for years or you’re new to paper crafting, our collection of 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards has something for everyone. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, this round-up of DIY card ideas is sure to challenge and entertain.

 

Make Your Own Greeting Card

It’s nice to be reminded that someone is thinking of you. Create a message that is as sentimental, funny, or quirky as you like to send to a loved one. You can plan ahead and craft a handful of these homemade card ideas in advance. That way, you can send well wishes to your friends and family at a moment’s notice. You’ll feel good knowing that you brought a smile to someone’s face.

All Purpose Quilled Greeting Card

 

Birthday Card Ideas

Instead of showing up to a birthday bash with a card that anyone could buy, try one of these handmade birthday cards. When it’s time to open gifts, these clever and cute birthday card ideas will keep the atmosphere fun and festive. You can even learn how to make a paper airplane that doubles as a birthday greeting!

Paper Airplane Birthday Card

 

Thank You Note Ideas

Show your loved ones how much their help means to you with some DIY thank you cards. Our collection of handmade card ideas includes elaborate cards as well as simple ones. The thing that makes them all special is the heartfelt message you write inside them. You can’t put a price on gratitude, and these thank you note ideas are absolutely priceless.

Clean and Simple Thank You Card

 

For even more gorgeous handmade card ideas, be sure to check out 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards. Your loved ones will cherish these beautiful handmade creations.

 

After you read your greeting cards, do you throw them away or keep them?

 

 

57 Cards for All Occasions

Handmade cards are about the easiest and sweetest way to show someone how much you care.  From a simple hello to an exquisite handmade wedding card, a beautiful handmade card is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

As we get closer and closer to a new year, there’s no better time to get a jump start on making all the cards you need for 2014.  From birthday cards to Christmas cards, Mother’s Day to Graduation, this epic collection of 57 handmade cards will have you ready for celebrating everything and anything on your calendar!

And if you need some paper to help you get started, be sure to enter our DCWV Paper Pack collection giveaway!  We have 10 beautiful paper packs to give away, and each pack comes with about 48 sheets of paper, so card making will be a breeze with these coordinating papers!  Want to win one of these packs?  Scroll on down for all the info on how to enter this giveaway!

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Birthday Cards

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Thank You Cards

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Graduation Cards

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New Baby Cards

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Wedding Cards

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Blank Cards

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Valentine’s Day Cards

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Mother’s Day Cards

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Father’s Day Cards

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Christmas Cards

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Bonus! 

cid_1923_PicMonkey_CollageWant to get a jump start on your cardmaking?  We’re giving away 2 awesome paper packs from DCWV to 5 lucky winners!  Head on over to the giveaway page and register to win today!  You have until December 3rd to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater the chances of winning this awesome giveaway.  Enter to win this giveaway now!

 

And don’t forget to check out our other weekly giveaways, going on now!

Celebrate World Card Making Day with AllFreePaperCrafts!

Hey, paper crafters! Did you know that TODAY is World Card Making Day? It isn’t too late to participate in the festivities, and we at AllFreePaperCrafts are happy to share several homemade card ideas to get you started with your creative cards!

World Card Making Day

Homemade Birthday Cards

Birthday cards make fantastic paper crafts because you can make them all year long! While Christmas cards and Valentines are only appropriate for certain time periods, birthdays happen throughout the year. You can make homemade birthday cards for world card making day with so many fantastic tutorials! From invitation ideas to card making tutorials, you are sure to find a card you’d like to make.

Invitation Ideas

Surprise Rainbow Party InvitationBirthday parties require invitations; otherwise, you won’t have any guests! You can make an easy birthday party invitation like this Surprise Rainbow Party Invitation to invite your guests in a fun and creative way. Print these out and fill out the party details on World Card Making Day!

Interested in other invitation ideas? Try out any of these projects:

  1. iPhone Party Invitation
  2. UnBEARably Cute Party Invitations
  3. Ninja Scroll Invitations
  4. Argyle Tea Party Invitations
  5. Surprise Rainbow Invitation

Birthday Card Making Tutorials

Hoo's There Birthday CardParticipate in World Card Making Day AND create a cherished birthday card for your loved one! Do you know multiple people with October birthdays? Try any of these fantastic birthday card making tutorials! This Hoo’s There Birthday Card is a great tutorial for the owl-lover in your life. Down to the little pom poms on their hats, these owls are absolutely fantastic creatures to wish your loved one a happy birthday!

Looking for more card making tutorials? Try any of these other ideas:

  1. Flowers and Lace Box Card
  2. Birthday Banner Card
  3. Awesome Accordion-Fold Birthday Card
  4. 3D Butterfly Birthday Card
  5. Glitter and Shine Birthday Card
  6. Hoo’s There Birthday Card
  7. Embossed Birthday Card
  8. Reach for the Stars Birthday Card

More Card Making Ideas

Sunset Over the Lake CardFor a general card to give for any occasion, be sure to check out any of our other card making tutorials on AllFreePaperCrafts.com! Take this Sunset Over the Lake Card. This craft is absolutely gorgeous, and you can give it for literally any occasion!

Here are a few more fantastic cards to make:

  1. Air Brushed Silhouette Card
  2. Elegant Tiled Greeting Card
  3. Doily Flower Card
  4. Glitter and Fairy Dust Card
  5. All Purpose Quilled Greeting Card
  6. Sunset Over the Lake Card
  7. Just a Musical Note Card
  8. 2-for-1 Tent Card Tutorial
  9. Secret Message Greeting Card
  10. Fancy Folds Card

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When did you first start paper crafting?