Covering the Card Front

Handmade cards are a great way to send a heartfelt greeting—one of love, thanks, birthday wishes, etc.—to someone you care about. Even better, they’re fun to create and simple to make.

How can you make a personalized handmade greeting card for someone you love? It’s simple. All you’ll need is a blank white card, plus the papers you want to decorate it with. Here’s some basic tips on how to cover the blank card with paper.

Covering the Card Front

First, select the paper for the your card front. This can be patterned paper, lightweight cardstock or a metallic paper. The two papers together will add a nice weight to the card without forcing you to add extra postage!

Apply glue around the outside edges of the card front, taking care to add glue around the corners because that’s the part that gets handled most by the recipient. It’s not necessary to saturate the entire card with glue—that can cause the paper to warp.

We recommend using a “dry” adhesive like a glue stick for best results, as liquid glue can warp paper. A glue stick is also more forgiving than double-sided tape—if you need to reposition the paper, it’s easier to lift it off and try again.

Next, glue your paper to the card front, lining up two sides evenly with the card front. We find it works best to place one edge of the paper along the fold of the card. That way, you won’t risk cutting into the card fold when you trim.

Tip: It’s easiest to place your paper white side up on your work surface, then place the card onto the paper, aligning two straight edges.

Smooth the paper down, then turn the card over and trim the excess paper from the other two card edges. Save the extra paper—it can be used for a great border inside the card or for another card!

Leaving a Border
You can also add paper to the front of your card without covering the entire card. Simply cut a piece of paper slightly smaller than the front of the card, then center and glue. You’ll have a white border around the outside edges that helps to “frame” the card focal.