Years and years ago, I used to sell Close to My Heart scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. There were so many workshops I’d run for friends on how to mass produce cards and scrapbook pages and make some cute smaller projects like mini photo albums and more. I recently stumbled on my old patterns and projects and wanted to share my favorite with you. How to make 12 cards from 1 piece of paper.
You will actually need a bit more than 1 sheet of 12×12 paper, but one main pattern will be displayed on all 12 cards. Here is a look at the types of card sets you can get from this tutorial.
You can embellish them to the nines or keep them simple. You can have the cards open from the side or the bottom, you get to choose the papers, the possibilities with this are endless! You will end up with 12 gorgeous cards to have on hand for a last minute birthday, a special thank you or just to send to a friend when you are thinking of them. Each one is handmade with love and extra special!
So how does it all work?
First you will need your supplies. You will need one main patterned paper. This can be paper you’ve created with stamps, stickers or doodles, or a pretty 12×12 patterned paper you’ve purchased. I usually stick with buying a piece of 12×12 paper that just speaks to me. It’s best if the pattern is random because these cards will have the paper going one way on one card and might be flipped or turned for the next card. If you pick a design that has a definite “way” it runs, that’s okay too, you just might need to improvise and finagle the card patterns a bit. My mustache cards had paper that went a specific direction, so those cards are slightly different than the ones with a random pattern. Either way works though, so don’t feel you have to stick to one way or the other. 🙂
- One 12×12 patterned paper (your main design)
- Three accenting 12×12 patterned papers
- Three coordinating 12×12 solid colored cardstock
- Five 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock
- Paper cutter
- Adhesive (I like to use Ad Tech Glue Runner found at Hobby Lobby)
- Embellishments such as stamps, sentiments, ribbons, eyelets, doo-dads and thingymabobs
- Camera to take pics of your amazing cards when you are done!
Now for the patterns. A couple of the pages in this doc are pixelated and I’m working on redrawing them, but for now they will have to do. 🙂 Click here for the pdf of instructions, or click on the image below. (note: I find it easier to assemble the cards if I write the number on the back of the piece I just cut. Makes it much easier at the end when trying to sort out all of your tiny pieces of paper.)
So there you have it. 12 cards that look amazing, probably took you an hour or two to create and will wow your friends and family! Try mixing and matching different patterns and papers to come up with new combinations and designs!