Mom's Greeting Card

May 12, 2019

Recently I have been finding the greeting cards available to purchase somewhat stale. That's not to say that I don't enjoy cards sent by other people, I just have a hard time picking out ones that I like for others. This has lead me to starting down the road of creating some of my own cards. This particular card is a little special to me, not just because my mom appreciated it, but because it gave me a chance to try something new.

One of the great things about this card is that with a little careful planning the results can be very impressive without too much extra calculation. The idea here is that you have two card "shells", one for the inside and one for the outside. Both are sized exactly the same with a score line across the center. For this card the plan was to make the letters vertical when the card is open 90°. With that in mind the letters just need to be positioned below the center fold the amount that you want them to stand out. In my case, 1/2". With the letters positioned correctly and the score line removed where the letters are, drawing tabs on top of the letters that are 1/2" tall will create the hinge. Once the tabs are on it's really just a matter of figuring out which lines are cuts and which are scores.

Cutting this with a Cricut saved me a lot of time, especially with all of the score lines involved. The card even has some lines scored for writing mom a message. Some careful application of rubber cement and carefully putting the two shells together and the card is ready to dry.

Tip:
Rubber cement is a great way to bond paper, chipboard, cardboard, and other light materials together. Although applying the glue to a single surface will create a light hold bond with a little bit of time to position pieces where you want them, applying glue to both surfaces and waiting until both sides are almost dried will create a much stronger bond that will last.