How To Make A Fourth of July Card

The Fourth of July is America's holiday because it is the day we celebrate our autonomy from England. Since I love to make patriotic cards for my friends and family, so I decided to create this special little project. The supplies I used were:

  • A drawing pencil
  • Colored pencils
  • A piece of printer paper

Here is the fun red, white, and blue card that I created for the 4th of July.
Here is the fun red, white, and blue card that I created for the 4th of July.

Step One: Start With A Sheet of Printer Paper

This card was made out of a sheet of printer paper.
This card was made out of a sheet of printer paper.

Find a blank sheet of paper for making this card.  I decided to use some left over scrap paper, so my page was slightly smaller than eight by ten inches.  However, I am making a quarter-fold card, so it really does not matter how large or smaller the dimensions are as long as I can fold the card properly.

Step Two: Fold The Card In Half Vertically

Fold the card in half vertically.
Fold the card in half vertically.

Fold the sheet of paper in half vertically.  Make sure the cold the card evenly so the card looks neat and crisp.

Step Three: Make A Quarter-Fold

Fold the card into a quarter section.
Fold the card into a quarter section.

Take the half fold and create a quarter fold section, which results in a quarter fold card.  Now the card is ready to design.

Step Four: Get Ready To Design

Stand up the quarter-fold card and plan out the design.
Stand up the quarter-fold card and plan out the design.

Stand the quarter-fold card up and plan out the design.  During this step you can even take a separate piece of paper and sketch out the illustration before commiting it to the card.

Step Five: Add The First Blue Stripe

Add the first blue stripe to the card.
Add the first blue stripe to the card.

 Add the strips blue stripe with a white star, which will represent the blue canton of the American flag.  Make the card look exactly like Old Glory if desired, but the objective of this card is simply to capture the beauty of the red, white, and blue swaying in the wind, which is why the stripes are squiggly.

Step Six: Add The Red Stripe

Add the red stripe to the flag card.
Add the red stripe to the flag card.

Add the red stripe to the card by leaving a gap for the white stripe.  The lovely thing about using white colored paper is not having to color in the white stripes.  For a fun effect you could design an American flag card on blue or red construction paper and use a white colored pencil for the stripes of that hue.  As a kid I always loved the way a white colored pencil stood out when I created the white stripes of the American flag on blue construction paper. 

Step Seven: Add Another Blue Stripe

Add another blue stripe to the card.
Add another blue stripe to the card.

Add another blue stripe the flag card, but make sure to leave a gap for the white stripe that comes after the red one.  Keep in mind this card simply captures the spirit of the American flag, and hand made cards can be designed according to the preference of the crafter.

Step Eight: Add Another Red Stripe

Add another red stripe to the card.
Add another red stripe to the card.

Add another red stripe to the card, but make sure to leave room for the white stripe that comes directly after the blue stripe. Creating this American flag card is so much fun, and even adults can have fun making things by hand. I always see people spending large amounts of money on scrapbooking paper, but with a drawing pencil and colored pencils you can create your own paper and cards for free. In this economy that is truly a great way for crafters to save money!

Step Nine: Add The Final Blue Stripe

Create the final blue stripe to finish off this simple, yet patriotic card!
Create the final blue stripe to finish off this simple, yet patriotic card!

This simple yet patriotic card will only be complete once the final blue stripe has been added.  In my design this leaves room for a white stripe after the last blue one, but keep in mind no two American flag cards are going to be exactly alike.  These cards make wonderful notes to family and friend on the Fourth of July, but keep in mind these can be used on other days when you want to feel patriotic, such as Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and Flag Day!

American flag cards are great for sending messages to friends and family serving over seas.
American flag cards are great for sending messages to friends and family serving over seas.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

I have to admitt I'm lazy and make my cards on the computer...


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I also do mine on the computer. But this is a good idea. I sent it to my grand daughter. She loves to do stuff like this. Thanks SP.


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Great tips, thanks. Belated happy 4th!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nancy,

Nothing wrong with making cards with the computer. I just like to make these by hand because the supplies are actually cheaper, and I enjoy the process of designing the card with my own hands.

alek,

I am glad to hear your grand daughter will enjoy this. Thanks for sending to her.

Melody,

I appreciate your reading and commenting.


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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

A very good tips. I "ve got an idea how to make our 17th of August (our indendence day) card. Happy independence day SwitiePie !


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I am a day (or three) late but this card is great for when I am a dollar short. :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Agusfanani,

If you want I could make a hub about a flag card from your country.  Let me know over email if you are interested.

Paper Moon,

I love the poetry of your comment, and your screen name indicates to me you must have a crafty side :).


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swosugrad09 6 years ago from Oklahoma

I enjoy making and receiving home made cards. It sends an extra touch of love.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am glad you enjoy the card.

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