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


  • 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?



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! 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!

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How To Make Pretty Paper Valentines Day Cards

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

Can you believe it’s almost February? The time is flying and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve made a resolution to send more cards in the mail. Yes the mail- not an email, not a text, actual mailman mail. I just love the thought of a little surprise in a friend’s mailbox. So I cranked out this fun little card set for a few friends.


  • DCWV gemstones
  • Bazzill white cardstock
  • Studio Calico wood veneer hearts
  • Freckled Fawn wood veneer hearts
  • Echo Park yours truly collection
  • Pink Paislee Cupid collection
  • Pebbles With Love collection
  • Freckled Fawn Hearts washi tape
  • May Arts Ribbon
  • Scrapbook Adhesives 3D squares
  • Tombow adhesive runner


I’ve created a short photo tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make these cards.



Get out some supplies today and brighten someone’s mailbox this Valentine’s Day!

What Valentine’s Day crafts are you making this year?


Our First Free eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers is excited to introduce our very first eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers is a beautiful compilation of some of our most popular paper craft projects. From card making ideas to scrapbook layouts to DIY paper flowers, these gorgeous paper crafts are excellent ways to treasure memories, send greetings, and embellish your projects.

Included in this free eBook: Card Making Ideas

Handmade cards are the best way to send greetings to your loved ones. Anyone can purchase a simple card at the store, but if you make your own cards, the sentiment carry a greater weight. No one will want to throw away these cards when they receive them in the mail or at a family gathering! Create cards for literally any occasion with any of these beautiful card making tutorials.


  1. Elegant Tiled Greeting Card
  2. Air Brushed Silhouette Card
  3. Fancy Folds Card
  4. Sunset Over the Lake Card
  5. Get Well Colorful Maple Card
  6. Doily Embellishment
  7. Ribbon Embellishment
  8. 3D Butterfly Birthday Card

Included in this free eBook: Scrapbook Layouts

Treasure your memories with gorgeous scrapbooking ideas! These scrapbook layouts are perfect for preserving cherished events in a detailed and beautiful way. Use flowers, butterflies, and feathers to make inspiring and unique layouts. These beautiful scrapbooking ideas will impress everyone who views your latest albums!

  1. Floral Scrapbook Layout
  2. Butterfly Scrapbook Layout
  3. Light As a Feather Scrapbook Layout
  4. Full of Flowers Scrapbook Layout


Included in this free eBook: DIY Paper Flowers

Flowers are one of the most popular paper craft embellishments. You can add DIY paper flowers to literally any of your paper craft projects. Make dimensional flowers to embellish your cards, scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. You will be amazed at the many ways you can make various paper flowers.


  1. Blushing Folded Paper Rose
  2. Quilled Paper Flowers
  3. Impressive Tissue Paper Flowers
  4. Popping Red Poppy Flower
  5. 3D Sunny Sunflower
  6. Really Whimsical Paper Flowers


Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Download your copy of Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers today!






When do you do most of your paper crafting?




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! 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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You Mean the World to Me Card: National Craft Month Project & Giveaway

We’re nearing week 4 with day 19 of the National Craft Month Giveaway! Come visit our blog every day to enter to win a different prize of the day. Find the contest rules and enter below.

There are several holidays being celebrated throughout spring, and what better way to send some seasonal greetings than with cards? We’re excited to share today’s craft, the You Mean the World to Me Card, in partnership with the design masters as Sizzix. Share your joy during National Craft Month by sending someone a handmade card that they’ll be proud to display.


You Mean the World to Me Card

See the step by step instructions on how to make this homemade card from Sizzix and make a whole stack to send out to loved ones this spring. Store-bought cards often have a generic quality that just doesn’t suit the message you’re trying to get across, but now you can express yourself in a whole new way with cards that look very professional.

The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter Free eBook


This pattern is included in our free eBook, The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter. Celebrate National Craft Month with us by crafting the great projects in this free downloadable eBook written just for you!



Sizzix Big Shot Prize Package and Dies

Today’s prize is a Big Shot prize pack with dies from Sizzix. In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

* Like the AllFreeHolidayCrafts Facebook page here, AND

* Like the Sizzix Faceboook page here, AND

*Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

What kinds of projects would you make with the Big Shot machine and dies?


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the AllFreeHolidayCrafts and the Sizzix Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, March 19th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

SUPER BONUS – WIN $1000 Gift Card!

Win Michaels $1000 Gift Card

Don’t miss your chance to stock up your craft stash and win a $1000 Michael’s gift card. You can enter each day to win this amazing $1000 Shopping Spree at Michaels. We have a lucky 13 days of National Craft Month left, so make sure to keep visiting the FaveCrafts blog each day to hear about the latest prize.


Good Luck!

From the Heart: 8 Handmade Card Ideas

Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day…so many special occasions call for a card. I know I’ve wasted more time than I care to count scouring the shelves of the greeting card aisle, skimming over one sappy card after another. These manufactured messages can just be so cheesy sometimes. That’s why whenever possible, I like to make personalized greeting cards for my friends and family. A handmade card says so much more than a company-contrived message featuring a cat in a party hat, right? We’ve pulled together some great video tutorials on handmade card making from the paper crafts playlist on our FaveCrafts YouTube channel for your crafting convenience!

Not-So-Sappy Happy Birthday

We’ve all seen the usual suspects in the birthday card section: blue-haired seniors whooping it up; dogs in costumes; glitter-glue-bedazzled birthday cakes. My mom could probably build a spacious two-car garage out of all the martini-glass-fronted cards she’s received over the years. The next time you’re in need of a birthday card, try out this tutorial video. It shows you how to make cute paper flowers for a 3-D effect!

Here are some other great card making techniques that will make your loved ones feel special on their birthday:

How to: Paper Piecing – This video shows you how to create dimensional paper pieces that will really make your cards “pop!” Make cupcakes come alive, create billowing balloons…get creative!

How to Mix Patterned Paper – This tutorial is good for card making or scrapbooking. Learn how to combine prints and patterns for a fun, colorful card that looks almost like gift wrap!

Sweet Notes for Your Sweetheart

Many consider Valentine’s Day to be a phony holiday made up for the sole purpose of selling greeting cards. Stick it to the card companies by making your own V-Day love note! Let your lover know they’re the only one for you with these super sweet handmade card ideas.

How to Make Quick Valentine Cards – If you’re strapped for time, you can make these simple cards in a snap.

Meaningful Mother’s Day

She birthed you, she raised you, she tolerated your angsty teen years–the least you can do is make her a hand-crafted Mother’s Day card to show her you really care. Don’t let some manufactured message tell your mom how you feel about her. This neat video shows you how to make gorgeous Vintage Pressed Flower Cards fit for the loveliest lady in your life.

Here are some other pretty techniques that will make your personalized card look better than store-bought:

Perfect Pearls Techniques: Stamp Lift – Wow! This tutorial shows you how to make cards with beautiful swirls of color.

How to Make Marbleized Paper – Your mom will definitely be hanging this card up on her fridge.

These are just a few of the many handmade card ideas we have on and on our FaveCrafts YouTube Channel. So next time you need a card, ditch the sappy store-bought poem and make your own personalized card using one of these great card making techniques!

How about you: Have you ever received a handmade card? Do you prefer handmade cards to store-bought, or does it not make a difference?

How to Mask: Cardmaking and Scrapbooking

Are you guys into card making or scrapbooking? My hunch is no–we seem to be more of a crochet and knitting group. Paper crafters, feel free to say hi in the comments, though! I wasn’t much of a card maker either until I started looking at some of the project ideas on FaveCrafts and seeing how easy they might be to replicate. I mean, anyone can cut out shapes (either with scissors, a paper punch, or a Cricut), and anyone can adhere embellishments to a piece of cardstock, especially with the help of glue dots. I soon learned that you can even make your own embellishments if you want to save money in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store.

Card making is one of those crafts that everyone has dabbled in at some point–we’ve all got to give cards to friends and family on their birthday, and a good number of us give cards on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Mother’s Day, and other special occasions. We’ve got lots of cardmaking technique videos on our YouTube channel that could turn even the most novice paper crafter (i.e. me) into a real card making maven.

One of the techniques I learned from our very own YouTube channel is masking. Ever heard of it? Me neither! Masking means blocking off part of an image when using rubber stamps so that the blocked-off (or “masked”) portion does not get stamped. Clear as mud, right? This video by Latrice Murphy explains it a lot better! You can watch the whole thing to see how she makes that adorable bunting and cupcake card, or just watch through the first 3 minutes to learn the technique.

And if you don’t feel like watching a video, don’t have the capabilities of viewing one on your computer, or you’re reading FaveCrafts at work and don’t want the boss to find out (shhh, I won’t tell!), I’ll break it down for you:

How to Mask

  1. First stamp the image you want to mask onto a piece of scratch paper and cut it out. In the video, Latrice stamps a bunting stamp and cuts out each individual triangle.
  2. Then stamp the same image onto your card or scrapbook page. Latrice stamped the same image in the corner of her card using the bunting stamp.
  3. Take the cut out shapes (the “masks”) and adhere them to your card or scrapbook page, right on top of the stamped area. Removable or re-positionable adhesive works best for this step.
  4. Now that your image is masked, you can feel free to stamp over it. In the video, Latrice stamps her card with a cloud background so that the bunting looks like it’s in front of the clouds, like real bunting billowing in the breeze.
  5. When you’re done stamping, remove the masks and you’ll see the unstamped section beneath (in this case, the cloudless bunting shapes).

Doesn’t that sound easy? For all of you non-paper crafters–doesn’t this video make you want to give it a try? What’s the most involved card making technique you’ve ever used?

Gift Sunday: Cultural Exchange

Unique gifts don’t always have to be odd or especially ornate. A handmade craft can be unique based on its origin of inspiration – like foreign countries and cultures. Take your friend or loved on a trip to Europe with bistro-inspired decor, or make a card that shows off the beauty of Asian gardens. These thoughtful gifts are second to none.

Millefiori Dangling – In Italian, millefiori means a thousand flowers.

Bistro Window Sign – Give your home a French connection with this cafe-inspired sign.

Thanks A Bunch Card – Using colors that arouse the island feeling, this card is perfect.

Cherry Blossoms Card – Springtime is blooming season for cherry blossoms in Japan.

Spice Girls of the Old World – A fun way to remember the Old World and cook with yummy spices.

For more unique gift ideas, check out the Seasonal section at FaveCrafts.