Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DIY - Engagement Card

One of my besties - the same one who is moving to Australia - recently got engaged. I wanted to give her a card, but I'm not a fan of the usual designs found in shops, so I decided to make one.

Card making has always been one of my favourite crafts and I loved creating this one. Here's how I did it...

You will need:

A white card blank and envelope
Brown paper
White card
Lace trim
Glue or double-sided tape

Measure and cut a piece of brown paper to fit on your card blank, leaving a white border around the edge. Put to one side.

Cut a separate piece of white card to size - big enough to contain your word design, but small enough to have a border of brown paper around it.

Measure and cut lengths of lace trim to fit around the piece of white card. Glue to the underside edges of the piece of card.

Using a pencil, lightly sketch out your word design or message. Instead of the standard 'Congratulations', I opted for a more informal and excited 'Yay!'.

When happy with how it looks, go over your design with pen or ink. Allow to fully dry before using a rubber to remove any traces of pencil. Don't be tempted to do this too soon - you don't want to smudge your hard work! (Like I did a little - darn my impatience.)

Using glue or double-sided tape, affix the lace trimmed card to the brown paper.

Next, glue/tape the whole thing to the card blank. Allow to dry, then write your message inside and that's it! Done!

I love how this simple design looks - clean and classy, without being twee or over-the-top.

It doesn't have to be an engagement card - the message can be adapted to pretty much anything, or any occasion.

Handmade cards are so much nicer than bought ones - the effort and personal touch make it really special.


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