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Creating Handmade Decorative, or Papercraft Cards

Updated on September 3, 2012

You can make your own handmade, decorative cards for birthdays, Christmas, special occasions, or just because. 

This lens covers the basics including making your own paper, some basic decorating tips, and ideas, and more. 

Make Your Own Paper

What you'll need:

3 or 4 sheets of your favorite color of card stock (use different shades for more interesting color in the final product)

A package of herb or flower seeds, dried flower pieces (optional to add interesting textures)

A hole punch

Fine twine or ribbon

1 teaspoon of cornstarch

An inkpad in your favorite color(s)

Rubber stamps

A blender

A mesh screen

How to make the paper:

Tear the colored card stock into 1 x 1 strips, and place them in your blender. Add enough water to cover the strips.

Add the cornstarch to the mixture and blend on high until it's well mixed. When your done mixing you can add some extras if you'd like to add some interest to the card, you can add some dried leaves, seeds, or pressed flowers to the mixture.

Pour the pulp into a strainer, and very gently squeeze the mixture to get out the excess water. Then pat the mixture onto a screen in the desired shape. Pat the top with a paper towel to get more moisture out, and place in front of a fan, or heat duct to dry. Setting the screen up on a cooling rack will help circulate the air under the card, and speed the drying process even more.

You can decorate your card with the rubber stamp, write a personal message, or add some pressed flowers. When you're finished punch a hole in the top of the card to add a decorative ribbon tie and add it to your packages.

paper crafted card
paper crafted card

Making Handmade Seed Cards

These little cards make great get well, Christmas, just friends, or any occasion cards. They also make great gift package decorations.

A seed card is a card with your favorite garden seeds imbedded in the paper. You can just plant the card directly in the garden in spring.

What you’ll need:

3 or 4 sheets of your favorite color of card stock (use different shades for more interesting color in the final product)

A piece of off white card stock

A package of herb or flower seeds

A hole punch

Fine twine or ribbon

1 teaspoon of cornstarch

An inkpad in your favorite color

A garden related rubber stamp

A blender

A mesh screen

How to make the seed card:

Tear the colored card stock into 1″ x 1″ strips, and place them in your blender. Add enough water to cover the strips.

Add the cornstarch to the mixture and blend on high until it’s well mixed. When your done mixing you can add some extras if you’d like to add some interest to the card, you can add some dried leaves, seeds, or pressed flowers to the mixture.

Pour the pulp into a strainer, and very gently squeeze the mixture to get out the excess water. Mix in your seeds gently. Then pat the mixture onto a screen in the desired shape. Pat the top with a paper towel to get more moisture out, and place in front of a fan, or heat duct to dry. Setting the screen up on a cooling rack will help circulate the air under the card, and speed the drying process even more. Drying the mixture as quickly as possible is the key to preserving the seeds.

When your seed card base is dry, cut a top card in the desired shape out of the off white card stock. You can also tear the card stock to give it a rougher edge. Glue the cut out card stock to the top of the seed card.

You can decorate your card with the rubber stamp, write a personal message, or add some pressed flowers. When you’re finished punch a hole in the top of the card to add a decorative ribbon tie and add it to your packages, with instructions on how to use the seed card and what flowers or plants it will be.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I love making handmade cards and all sorts of paper crafts. I design graphics for paper folding and holiday crafts, too. I just love working with paper as an art medium.

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      Sherry Venegas 9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have been making cards for five years. I am my Moms only card supplier. All the cousins receive my cards from her every year. My speciality is the tea bag folded embellishment. The medallion becomes the whole card. The focal point. The paper making info I will refer back to soon. Good lens. Sherry