Best-Ever Everyday Cards

Everyone loves to get a card. Create one-of-a-kind cards for the special people in your life using your scrapbooking supplies.

Add Detail to Paper Piecings with Embossing Tools

Design by Jennifer Pebbles

A cluster of paper piecings makes a big impact on Jennifer's greeting card. She embossed her paper accents to give them subtle detail and texture. The embossed wing on her bird gives the greeting a more realistic look.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: A Muse Art Stamps. Brad: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Impress (bird), A Muse ("friend"), Martha Stewart Crafts ("hello"). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Glitter: Stampendous.

Make a Quick Card with Leftover Stickers

Design by Polly Maly

Polly turned a collection of phrase stickers into an inspirational sentiment by laying them out in a grid on the front of the card. This quick and easy everyday card was made using only scraps.


SOURCES: Scrapworks EK Wardrobe-Casuals Kit.

Apply Stamps to Clear Buttons

Design by Tracy Kyle

Tracy stamped pretty designs onto clear buttons, then grouped them to make a tree design. To get the look, use solvent inks that allow stamping on plastic, glass, or metal.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Vellum, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Floss: DMC. Rhinestones: Heidi Swapp.

Make a Unique Card with Watercolor Stamps

Design by Tracy Kyle

Jennifer used watercolor paints to give her stamped images a one-of-a-kind look. To complete the simple card she splattered the background by lightly tapping a watercolor-filled brush over the paper.


SOURCES: Stamps: Hero Arts. Watercolors: Staedtler.

Create a Tone-On-Tone Look with Die Cuts

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

Renee layered die-cut flowers atop same color cardstock squares for a tone-on-tone effect on this checkerboard card. For a final touch, she embossed a greeting and attached it with a black paper clip.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Provo Craft. Die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Embossing ink, powder: Clearsnap. Clip: Junkitz.

Use Scraps from Kits

Design by Katie Nugent

To make a quick and easy card, Katie used paper scraps leftover from a kit. She cut a piece of floral paper to fit the card, letting the pink cardstock card front peek through on the top and bottom. A rub-on sentiment completes the look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Worldwin Papers. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Melissa Frances. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

Add Glitter to Chipboard Accents

Design by Alexis Huntoon

To glam up this simple card, Alexis added a glittered chipboard accent as a frame for the sweet sentiment. She trimmed double-sided adhesive to fit the chipboard accent, then added glitter.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Sticker, rub-ons: Making Memories. Chipboard accent: Deluxe Designs.

Use Rub-Ons to Create a Layered Effect

Design by Tracy Kyle

Tracy created a layered effect on this thick acetate card by adding rub-ons to the inside and outside. She made the rub-on designs stand out by framing them in a glittered chipboard accent.

Next Enhance a Title with Simple Punches

Design by Helen Naylor

For a cute sentiment, Helen backed acrylic-letter tiles with simple punched flower shapes to make the letters pop. She used the same-size punch for each letter, but varied the placement to add rhythm and movement to the card design.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Acrylic letters: Doodlebug Design. Flower punch: EK Success. Ribbon: Offray.

Create a Dimensional Shape

Design by Valerie Salmon

For this card, Valerie dressed up the paper pieces of her umbrella with stamps and gems before attaching them to a pretty patterned-paper background. Adhesive foam makes the umbrella pop off the page for a fun dimensional effect.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Fairy Tale Princess from Two Peas in a Bucket. Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (pink pattern), Technique Tuesday (blue pattern), Fiskars (umbrella handle). Ink: Ancient Page by Clearsnap. Ribbon: May Arts. Decorative tape: Doodlebug Design. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Decorative-edge scissors, adhesive foam: Fiskars.

Mask Stamps to Create an Oversize Greeting

Design by Mellette Berezoski

Mellette created an oversize greeting on the front of her card by masking off parts of her ribbon stamps to create shorter segments. Tiny gems add sparkle to the card.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (floral), Making Memories (green). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (white), Making Memories (words). Ink: Stampin' Up!. Paper flowers: Making Memories (white, yellow), Prima Marketing (pink).

Dye Cardstock for an Artistic Effect

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Cathy created this artistic card with an Easter egg dye kit. She followed the directions to mix the egg dye, substituting water for vinegar. She dipped the cardstock in sections to create a mottled effect.


SOURCES: Egg Dye Kit: Paas. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Stickers: K&Company. Glitter: Hero Arts.

Embellish Patterned Paper for an Original Card Design

Design by Shannon Tidwell

On this eye-popping greeting Shannon used shades of red and green to welcome summer. The original paper featured blue and beige dots, which didn't match her scheme. She covered the dots with punched red circles and die-cut green circles. A red wooden flower embellishment, a game piece for the second letter "M," and red twill tape add texture to the contemporary card.


SOURCES: Card, envelope, and die-cut circles: KI Memories. Rub-on letters, wood flower, green ribbon, and "M" game piece: Li'l Davis Designs. Printed twill tape: Making Memories.

Make a Creative Card with Stamps and a Hole Punch

Design by Melissa Diekema

Melissa gave her card a creative split-effect with stamped flowers on top and punched holes on bottom. To add interest, Melissa cut out her stamps instead of stamping directly onto the card. A ribbon hides the seam between the two designs.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stamp: FontWerks. Ink: Stampin' Up!. Ribbon: American Crafts. Punch: Making Memories.

Add Glitter to Stamped Accents

Design by Jill Godon

Jill stamped butterflies with paint, then sprinkled the wet paint with glitter. When the butterflies were dry, she cut them out, attached them to the card, and created a fluttering path with a paper piercer. The gingham ribbon along the side adds even more texture.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, stamps, paint, shimmer, ribbon, paper piercer: Making Memories. Buttons: American Crafts. Floss: DMC. Decorative-edge scissors: Provo Craft.

Make Fabric Piecings

Design by Erikia Ghumm

To create this woodsy card, Erikia pieced a fabric mushroom on a nature-inspired background. The greeting, made with a label maker, adds a modern touch.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Club Scrap (green fern), BasicGrey (olive). Label maker: Dymo. Adhesive: Xyron. Fabric: Wal-Mart (green), vintage (floral, red).

Create a Simple Card from Scraps

Design by Polly Maly

Polly used leftover paper scraps to create a flower and leaf for this vibrant card. A simple white brad holds all the pieces together.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (floral).

Use Metal Charms to Frame Title Letters

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Leslie made small embellishments the center of attention on this card. She printed letters onto paper and framed them in ribbon charms. Leslie combined die cuts, cardstock, and metal embellishments to create this mod-theme design.


SOURCES: Cardstock, die cuts: KI Memories. Font: American Typewriter by ITC. Word charm, jump ring, photo corner, paper clip, frame charms: Making Memories. Flower charm: Two Peas in a Bucket.

Play Up Stamped Designs with Paper and Ribbon

Design by Polly Maly

Polly stamped a trio of flowers and embellished them with patterned-paper centers and ribbon stems for this friendship card. An oversize quotation stamp, complete with lines for journaling, allowed Polly to include a handwritten message on the card.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Stamps: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Design.

Embellish a Card with a Word Punch

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki played up punches for her card design. She used a word punch twice on a wide strip of cardstock, then punched the image again from a coordinating paper. She cut the design out and mounted it inside a punched circle to make it stand out.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Jewels: Me and My Big Ideas. Punches: Around the Block ("love"), EK Success (circle).

Add Beads for Beauty

Design by Michon Kessler

Michon added sparkle to premade wire flowers by embellishing them with beads. She cut double-sided tape to fit the backs of the wire flowers and pressed the beads inside the shapes. Then she peeled off the backing and adhered the bead flowers to the card.


SOURCES: Cardstock, wire flowers, rub-ons, double-sided tape: Provo Craft. Beads: Art Accentz.

Curl Paper to add Dimension

Design by Vicki Boutin

Vicki made whimsical flowers out of stamped cardstock circles. For extra flair, she mounted the shapes with adhesive foam and curled paper strips around a pencil to stand in as stems.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: SEI. Brads: Making Memories. Stamps: Gel-A-Tins. Ink: Tsukineko. Chalk: Pebbles, Inc.

Mix and Match Glitter Techniques

Design by Katie Nugent

Two glitter techniques add interest to Katie's card. She completely covered her sentiment in glitter and selectively applied glitz to the edges of her flower accent.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras. Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs.

Stitch on Unique Emellishments

Design by by Cathy Blackstone

Cathy created a beach-theme card using a collection of miniature shells. She glued her shells down before stitching them to be sure they would stay in place. To stay true to her natural elements, Cathy used an earth-tone color scheme.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Bamboo by Two Peas in a Bucket. Flowers, chalk: Making Memories. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp.

Make Shape Accents from Patterned Paper

Design by Polly Maly

Two pieces of patterned paper and a bit of adhesive foam add dimension to Polly's heart shape. She reinforced the background color with a cluster of buttons.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Birdie Collection page kit. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

Use Eyelets to Create Motion

Design by Kathleen Paneitz

A trail of pastel eyelets leads to a fluttering butterfly on this card. Kathleen embossed butterflies onto yellow cardstock and vellum. She glued the center of the vellum butterfly to the center of the yellow one so the wings would appear to flutter. She formed the antennae out of gold wire.



Add Texture to a Card with Beads

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi die-cut the apple from a heavyweight sheet of adhesive, then covered it with seed beads to create an apple with delicious texture. She completed the look with a metal stem and metal leaf.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (graph), My Mind's Eye (green stripe). Stickers: Karen Foster Design. Ink: Clearsnap. Beads: Darice.

Stamp on Embellishments

Design by Jennifer McGuire

For the front of this card, Jennifer used solvent ink and one stamp to dress up bright buttons and a plain bottle cap. Once the ink was dry, she applied rub-ons to the bottle cap.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Bottle cap: Mustard Moon

Use Coordinating Papers to Simplify your Design

Design by Melissa Phillips

Melissa used a pack of coordinating patterned paper and repeated accents to unify this simple card. The simple details, such as stitching and scalloped edges, impart a homemade feel. Pink ribbon adds special meaning.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, stickers: K&Company. Chipboard hearts: Heidi Swapp. Buttons: Melissa Frances. Flowers, felt: Crafter's Supply. Ribbon: Offray. Ink: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint: Delta. Scissors: Fiskars (pinking shears), Provo Craft (scalloped).

Use a Template to Make Complex Card Shapes

Design by Kathleen Paneitz

Kathleen used her Coluzzle template to cut two ovals from cardstock and two frames from patterned paper for this egg-shape card. She attached the cardstock shapes with hinges set at the top and added embellishments to the center.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Art Warehouse for Creative Imaginations. Oval Coluzzle template: Provo Craft. Stickers: Jolee's By You for EK Success. Hinges, label holder, jump ring, ribbon: Making Memories. Metal tag: Eyelet Outlet.

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