Tuesday, February 3, 2009
For instructions and the shots of the finished products, please click "read more" below.
To avoid having the extra step of cutting the decorative paper, I just left it as-is (5x7). I then placed the decorative paper on the cardstock and measured a 1 cm border around the decorative paper with the ruler, marking off where cuts would be necessary with my pencil (so I could go back and erase the marks once the paper was cut). Then using the leveler as a straight-edge, I cut along the 1 cm borders with the xact-o knife and then glued the decorative paper into place and folded the sheet in half like so:
Because my handwriting isn't wonderful, I decided to go ahead and type/print everyone's name out on the cardstock (which is conveniently sized at 8.5x11). To make the labels more decorative, I also used an oval shape, but you can try any shape you want. I then printed out the labels onto the cardstock in brown ink to reduce the contrast and traced over the names/ovals in my gold gel pen to add a little "razzle dazzle" (to quote Nigella, the domestic goddess herself). Of course, if you can skip the tracing bit if you print out the labels in a higher contrast color or simply don't want to bother with this step.
The last step is simply cut out the labels -- I used scissors since I find them more adroit at handling curves, but I leave that up to you -- and glue each into place. And ta-da, you've got yourself some place cards (or stationery or whatever else you've come up with):
The $25 I spent at Target would probably make up to 50 cards. At 50 cents a card, you can't beat it for personalized cards. Of course, if you give this project a shot, snap a few pictures and send them to me -- I'd love to see how it turned out.