Right. After months of being MIA (I moved halfway across the world), time to get back to creating something again!

If you know someone like me who’s MIA a lot, why not send them a handmade card to tell them you miss them (or in this case, heart them)? Here’s how!

IMG_3041What you’ll need:

  • Cover:
    – 8.25″ x 4.75″ (height x width) card stock: 1 piece (let’s call this Big Cover)
    – 3.75″ x 4.25″ (h x w) card stock: 1 piece (Small Cover)
  • Inside cover (must be of different pattern/design from card stock above):
    – 3.25″ x 3.75″ (h x w) card stock: 2 pieces
  •  Paper (where you’ll write your message)
    – 11″ x 3.25″ (h x w) paper: 1 piece (up to you if you want it colored)
  • Craft knife
  • Glue
  • Rubber stamp (optional — Click here for tutorial!)

Step 1: Decorate the Small Cover by stamping or drawing your design in the middle.

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Step 2: Draw a 1/8-inch border around it with a 1/4-inch “do-not-cut area” across the middle.

IMG_3043-dotted Step 3: With a craft knife, cut only on the dotted lines to create flaps. See image above.

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Step 4: Get the strip of paper where you’ll write your message and fold it into four, accordion style (zig zag).

Step 5: Glue the card stock and paper pieces. They are sized so there’s a 1/4″-inch difference around each piece. See illustration below.

Gluing

  • Glue one of the inside covers at the center of the Small Cover. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GLUE THE FLAP BIT.
  • Glue the other inside cover at the center of the Big Cover.
  • Glue one side of the strip of paper to Inside Cover 1. Glue another side on Inside Cover 2.

Step 6: Close the accordion card and obviously the Big Cover will stick out at the top and bottom. Fold these with everything tucked inside. The reason I do it this way is because if I fold it in the exact same size as the Small Cover (3.75″ x 4.25″), it might not close properly. It needs a bit of breathing space.

Fold

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But if you like to fold it before gluing the pieces together, this tutorial is sized so the Big Cover flaps are 2″ in height.

Step 7: Tuck the Big Cover flaps under the Small Cover mini flaps to close the card and hide your feelings away.

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