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What you’ll need
These are the supplies I used, but if you don’t have all of these materials, don’t worry. We’ll talk about substitutions later on.
Use your paper trimmer to cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock in half so that each piece measures 8.5″ x 5.5″.
Fold the paper in half along the score line. The side of the paper you scored will be the outside of your card. It may seem backward, but don’t bend the card inward following the groove of the score. The inward groove is actually the outside of the fold. Once you fold your card in half, you can smooth out the crease.
Create the background layer. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 4.25″ x 5.5″, which should fit on the front of your card perfectly.
Then, using a foam brush, I roughly applied some acrylic paint to the bottom right area and let it fade to the left. You could also use watercolor paints or get creative with stamps. The goal is here is to add a little color and texture to the card; how you achieve the look is up to you.
Use circle punches to create some embellishments. If you don’t have circle punches, you can trace and cut circles or use a different shape. For my card, I nested a smaller circle inside another circle and traced the smaller circle using a gold paint marker. Glue the embellishments to the card using the adhesive runner.
Another great embellishment you could add on top of the circles? A word for the occasion, such as “congratulations, ” “thank you, ” “thinking of you, ” or whatever message you want to send.
Add finishing touches, like these fun, gold sequins. I adhered them with some Tombow Mono liquid glue. You can stretch your creative muscles here, too. Consider embellishments like glitter, beads or whatever other extras you have in your stash.
You can see how this card could be easily adapted. Try new tools, techniques and materials to figure out your style.
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