This is a tutorial for lattice braid card base along with a free lattice card template for you to craft along.
I’ve been slowly working my way through various popular card base folds and templates and I decided to work on the lattice braid card design this week. It has such a cute rustic appeal to it and looks way more complicated than it actually is to assemble.
The lattice template works in a ton of different ways. You can make a simple strip with the lattice braid and add accouterments. This lattice strip can be centered or offset on a basic card base.
Alternatively, you can make it in the fold of a base case and it created a neat spiral effect with the finished product.
Either way, it’s super cute and versatile. I’ve demonstrated two ways to decorate your base lattice here but the possibilities are endless.
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Materials for a lattice card
Cardstock – I like using medium-weight cardstock here with the lattice portion of the card. Anything heavier is hard to crease. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – I use different glues for different parts of the card. Here are my go-to brands:
Lattice card template – This Lattice SVG and printable PDF template with all the decorations you see is available for free in my resource library.
Tutorial for a lattice fold template
Step 1: Cut out the braided card template
I use a blue light grip mat for cutting this base template. It is relatively simple and the light grip mat has sufficient stickiness.
Step 2: Start folding the triangular cut outs
The triangular tabs are attached at the base. Just push the tab out and fold up.
Continue folding all the tabs until all of them have a crease at the base.
Step 3: Tuck the tab in
The folded tab slides under the flat triangle on the base of the card. Tuck all of the tabs in like this. You add a small dab of glue to secure this if you’d like but it’s not necessary.
Glue the free floating pieces of the last slot.
Step 5: Add accoutrements
This is the fun part of this card, you can add whatever additional decorations you like and every card can be different. I was going for a lattice fence look here and decided to add vine like flourishes and rolled flowers.