Shaped Cards

Want to add a special technique to your cardmaking repertoire? Try shaped cards!

A shaped card is one where the blank card is cut into a shape—this could be anything from an ice-cream cone to the word “Mom”. Shaped cards are guaranteed to delight the recipient, and they’re easy to do!

Creating a shaped card from pre-created art

Cardmakers Personal Shopper kits make it easy to create a shaped card. Simply glue the art onto the front of a blank card and trim around the outside edge. (This is much easier than cutting out the art, then gluing and cutting the card.

Here’s how: Apply adhesive to the front of the card, place the paper onto the card and smooth to avoid any wrinkles. Follow the pattern on the art sheet to cut the card. Embellish with brads or other accents, sign your card and get ready to accept the compliments on your clever design!

Easy alignment

Alignment is easy if you trim all the excess from the straight edge of the shape that will be next to the fold of the card. Trim loosely around the remainder of the shape, then glue the shape to the card front, aligning the straight edge with the fold.

Cutting tips

Cut along the edges of the shape, through the paper and both card layers. Remember not to cut completely around the fold of the card--just cut up to the straight edge of your shape at top and bottom, leaving the fold intact to hold the card together.

Use scissors to cut around the card, and use an X-acto® knife for tight areas that are difficult with scissors.

Adding embellishments

If you know you’ll be adding brads, you can insert them into the paper art before gluing and cutting, or partially glue the paper to the card so it can be cut out, then lift the paper to add the brads. Be sure to flatten the brad legs completely to avoid lumps.

Covering the inside of your shaped card

To cover the inside, glue your paper to the inside with a straight edge aligned next to the fold. Turn the card over and trim the excess around the card edges from the back so you can easily follow the edges of the card.

Sometimes it might be a little difficult to see the edges when trimming the white side of the paper from a white card. If so, use pencil along the edge of the paper against the edge of the card, so you can easily see your cutting edge. Simply erase any remaining pencil marks when finished.