While on vacation, shopping at the Biltmore Shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, I came across a gift shop that was selling adorable personalized note cards accented with bright ribbon. I checked to see how much the 8 card pack was selling for and was surprised to see what amounted to be $3.00 per card. Examining the craftsmanship, I decided that I could make those cards, and probably for a cheaper cost. I proceeded to ever so discreetly write down some key features of the notes (I didn’t have a camera phone at the time) so that I could duplicate them when I got at home.
I have made a couple of versions of the original note cards that I saw that day in Scottsdale, giving them as gifts to friends who have been thrilled with the results. Each time I sit down to put a set of cards together, it gets easier as I have narrowed down what products and routine works best. So, here is my tutorial on how to make your own personalized note cards:
10 Personalized Note Cards
1 package 5×7 colored note cards*
1 package 5×7 white cardstock*
1 roll coordinating ribbon, 3 yards long and 1 inch
***The above supplies all came from American Crafts, a great resource for archive quality scrapbook and stationery products******
2 Elmer’s Glue Gluesticks
10 White #A7 Envelopes
1 roll Double sided tape
Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Step 1: Printing the Name Card
First, set your printer paper setting to landscape, 5×7 paper size. When the sample printing area shows up on your screen, type in the name you want to use. Line up your printing so that it is centered top to bottom from the right justified position. You want to have more white space on the left side of your card and the name to be as far right as possible to be able to fit on one line. Use the largest print size possible to achieve this. For my sample, I used the font Sprocket BT at 48 pt.
Insert the white cardstock in to your computer. My printer automatically advised me to add my paper to the photo paper tray. Print out ten, 5×7, single sheets of the white cardstock. Be
careful not to smudge the ink as it will be heavy.
Step 2: Trimming the Name Card
Since both the note card and the name card are 5×7, you will need to trim 1/2 inch from the top and the right side of the name card.
Step 3: Ribbon Placement
Cut two lengths of ribbon. The first length should be the length of the name card, top to bottom, plus a half inch on either side to wrap over the top and bottom of card. The second length is approximately 2/3 the length of the first strip. Cut ten pieces of ribbon for each length type.
With the longer piece, on the back side, place a piece of tape at one end. Secure the taped side of ribbon to the back of the name card being sure to center at the top between the left side of the card and the printed name. Next, apply tape to both long sides of the ribbon on the back side as well as on the remaining end. Pull tape over and down along front of card Secure in place by pressing firmly on the ribbon.
Take the shorter piece of ribbon and apply a piece of tape to both ends on the right side of the ribbon. Affix the ribbon to the card, centering the ends on either side of the name, forming a loop. Lastly, cut a small piece of tape and put it in the middle of the loop. Press down on the tape area of the ribbon so that the one loop is now made up of two smaller loops.
Step 4: Attaching Name Card to Colored Cardstock
Apply glue stick to the entire back of the name card. Make sure to apply heavily especially over the ribbon as these areas tend to lift. Center name card on the colored, pre-made card and press down firmly to secure the name card to the colored card stock.
Repeat process for the rest of your cards. Allow to dry for a few minutes so that glue can completely adhere and to avoid slippage.
Waa Laa….you now have a set of ten (not eight) beautiful, hand crafted, personalized note cards to enjoy for yourself or give as a unique gift to someone special.
No matter your talent curve, anyone is capable of creating. To create is to bring something into existence that did not exist before. Spending time being creative is a rejuvenating activity. Don’t worry about failure or that your project won’t look perfect. Remember, any flaw that you feel your project might have (and only you are the judge of that; your recipient won’t know the difference unless you tell them) is just the mark of originality in your creation. Try to create something every day. It is well worth the effort in maintaining balance in your life.