This is a perfect project for beginner stampers. The notecards are already scored, they come with envelopes and even the box!!! These smaller size cards and envelopes still work for sending as regular mail! Only punches are used for accents so you don’t even need an embossing machine – and look at the beautiful results!
Quick Gift Idea to Have on Hand!
For a gift, you can make all of the cards from the stamp set so the entire packages coordinates, or make each card different.
Working with smaller card sizes like this (5″ x 3-1/2″ when folded) is similar to working with regular cards, except that you have a smaller area to work with. This means you can get lovely results with less layering.
Enjoy these 20 different ideas for working with smaller cards.
- Add a strip of Designer Series Paper across the card front and add your accent. These gorgeous apples are from the Apple Harvest Stamp Set and the Apple Blossoms Dies.
Are you noticing that all of the envelope flaps are covered with coordinating Designer Series Paper? That is an easy way to make any card extra special!
This Birthday Piggy Stamp Set – how cute is this? There are dies right not to go with that too – the Playful Piggy Dies. Just make a little ledge – or bit of grass – or anything to ground your image. Thats all! (Paper is from the Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper.)
It doesn’t get easier than this card. Layer a 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Designer Series Paper on a 4-1/2″ x 3″ piece of coordinating paper and add to the card front. The beauty in this card is all found in the paper! This card uses the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and the Double Oval Punch.
A similar idea, but this time use these layers as a background for your accent.
This 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper is layered on a 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of coordinating cardstock. The butterfly is fussy cut from that same paper.
How about some paper strips as accents? Even the accent on this card is made with the Texture Chic Designer Series Paper.
Using Designs from our Create With Us Show on Thursdays.
Every Thursday at 1 pm central, we host a “Create with Us” show where you are invited to create along with us. The supplies are posted ahead of time. To show how versatile designs are, these next cards use layouts we have done recently – except that they have been re-sized for these smaller note cards. Isn’t it fun that ideas can be so easily adapted?
I will add a link to the blog post with the full size cards using the same layouts.
This is one of the easiest fun fold cards ever! The He’s the Man Designer Series Paper even includes the die cuts. For this size card, the center piece is 2-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ and the two side strips are 3/4″ x 3-1/4″. Get the directions for making this Front Flap Fold Card here!
How about the Stack, Slice and Shuffle Card Method? This popular style of card is perfect for mass producing cards – and sometimes that is just what we need! The Double Oval Punch is a great choice for adding words to these smaller note cards. For this size card, the three pieces measure 1-1/4″ x 4-3/4″, 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″.
The Tear & Flip card method is another favorite! Just start with your piece of patterned paper and tear it, then flip it over and you are seeing both patterns. This card with the adorable deer fussy cut from the Storybook Gnomes Designer Series Paper uses a l2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of the Celebrate Everything Designer Series Paper.
One of my favorite card layouts ever because it is so easy and it shows both sides of the Designer Series Paper! These sweet bicycles are from the Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper. Start with a 4-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of paper and cut off two 1/2″ strips. Get the details for this Show Off Both Sides of Your Paper Card here.
This is a great card design that just uses a punch to keep a card closed! A 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of He’s the Man Designer Series Paper bordered with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock is used along with the Label Me Lovely Punch. The owl is from the Wildlife Wonder Stamp Set. See ten full sized cards using this Key Latch Technique here.
Another basic card design that always works! The Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper includes the lovely rose so how easy is that? Start with a 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Basic White cardstock, add a 1″ x 2-1/4″ piece of patterned paper and embellish. See ten full size cards using this easy layout here.
My favorite punch for making simple cards? The Postage Stamp Punch! In fact, here are ten different ways to use the Postage Stamp Punch for quick and easy cards.
Using the punch four times to create this fun background for the gnome, which is also part of this Storybook Gnomes Designer Series Paper.
More Quick & Easy Kraft Notecard Cards to Make
Cutting a slice off one side of a card front is another favorite go-to look. The flower on this card is also part of the Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper. To make this card, cut 3/4″ off the right side of the card front. Layer a 1/2″ x 4-3/4″ strip of patterned paper there and another 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of patterned paper there and decorate.
Do you enjoy fussy cutting as much as I do? But what about all of the edge pieces that don’t make a complete image to cut out. Here is a fun idea for that! This Awash in Beauty Designer Series Paper is perfect for fussy cutting.
Notice how this card is similar to card #….. except that one of the pieces has been replace by the butterfly accent. Such an easy switch. Try looking at other cards you make to see what small changes you can make. This card uses the Brilliant Wings Die (the only die used in all of these cards and you can easily substitute a punch or cut out) and the Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper.
Easel cards are always popular and easy to make with these notecards as well. Just score the card front in half (at 1-3/4″) and fold in. Add a 4-1/2″ x 3″ piece Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper on to a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock and attach just the lower half of that to the lower half of the card front. Use the Label Me Fancy Punch with dimensionals to hold up the easel.
Another idea for using up those scraps of pretty papers! Just cut a few at 1/2″ and attach them to your card front at an angle, leaving a little space in between each layer. This card
How about stamping on Kraft note cards? You get a different look than when you stamp on white or vanilla for sure.
This card with trees in black makes a classy looking simple card. Using a Stamparatus makes is easy to stamp larger images because you can keep re-stamping until you get it right! This image of the trees is from the Campology Stamp Set.
Coloring in with Stampin’ Blends gives the colors a different look. Experiment with different colors to get the look you like. This floral image is from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set.
Let’s end with another card using only a punch. Tie a little ribbon around your card and add the daisies made with the Medium Daisy Punch.
20 Quick Cards Using Notecards & Envelopes – Plus a Box!
This is a replay of our Create with Us Show (which happens every week at 1 pm on our YouTube Channel) so to to 17:03 to see these cards being made. We also make the box and show how to decorate your envelopes.
Have you subscribed to your YouTube Channel? You can rewatch all of the videos we make there too.
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