I’m always looking for great DIY birthday card ideas and especially homemade birthday cards because I never have them around when I need them.
It also doesn’t hurt to gift a beautiful handmade card to a friend.
I’ve been on this paper lace kick for a while and designed a few to share with everyone. Most people like to use vinyl for more intricate cuts but there’s something about paper lace that looks so nice for a card.
Plus, I don’t always keep a full stock of every type of crafts material around but if I buy cardstock, it usually comes in a pack so I have all the materials I need in one go.
I’ve also learned a few tips that might help with the process.
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Materials for Paper Lace Cards
I’ve tried pretty much all the major brands of cardstock and I find this Neenah Creative Collections works best for this type of design.
I say this because I find I need to use the Standard Grip mat for more intricate designs to minimize snags and the Creative Collections paper grips the mat the best and leaves the minimum amount of residual fibers.
I find the more textured papers are less optimal for paper lace.
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- 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
- 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.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – Here are a few of my favorites for cardmaking:
Template for Paper Lace Cards
I’ve included my free templates for the floral and leaf cards in my resource library.
How to Make a Paper Lace Card
Cut out the lace piece and base card using the templates.
So a note on this… the thing with card making is you have to remember you also need an envelope. I’ve sized my templates to be a standard 4x6inch card. I’ve included a cut file for the associated envelope.
The thing with envelopes is you have to be able to make it on a standard piece of paper or cardstock. This particular set I have sized for the standard 12x12in cardstock.
However, if you only have standard letter size paper, just resize the whole projects. Just make sure you resize everything together so they stay in proportion to each other!
Scoring the Card
I have a love hate relationship with scoring with the Cricut. It’s almost never worth the hassle for small things like this. That’s why I did not include the score line in the template because people forget its there and it ends up being a cut line ruining the whole thing.
I just fold the card in half. It’s that easy.
Gluing the Lace
Spray glue probably works the best but I don’t have a space where I can spray glue so I have to resort to other options.
I like to put a dollop of glue on a scrape and then use either a paper clip or toothpick to dab it on the back of the lace.
I first flip the lace over and dab around the perimeter.
I then flip it back onto the card base and align it in place.
I glue each portion of the inner lace one section at a time.
That’s it! Have fun!