Handcrafted cards with hidden messages are ideal for sending to friends, or just a clever way to create a card with a bit of a difference.
This card making idea would be a perfect way to send a card to a loved one, with a romantic card message hidden inside.
Begin by cutting out a piece of black 11 x4 ¼ inch card stock. Use a scalpel and metal edge ruler or paper trimmer to ensure a straight line.
Fold the card in three equal places as shown in the above picture (please note that the above picture is the same black card as in picture one, it just looks brown in the photo). The centre fold should have the fold coming towards you when folded and the outer folds should fold away from you.
Next fold the black card stock in half so the centre fold is facing you and cut a slit as shown in the picture. You will need to use really sharp scissors to do this.
Make two more slits making sure the spaces between them are even.
Then cut two pieces of white card 2 ½ x 4 ¼ inches in size using a scalpel and metal edge ruler.
Thread the strips of white card through the slits you have made in the centre of the black card stock.
Make sure you thread one piece the opposite way so that it looks like the picture above. Don’t worry, if you get this wrong you can simply remove the white card and re thread it.
Once in place, you may find the white card slips out. If this happens use a small piece of double sided tape or a dry adhesive behind the black panels to secure the white card stock in place.
Using a rubber stamp, stamp the ‘Happy Birthday’ wording onto some white card then mount it onto black card leaving a small border. You can of corse change the card message to suit any occasion you need.
Use double sided tape you attach the birthday wording to the inside of the card.
Now, when you fold the middle of the card towards you and place your thumbs on the black folds and pull, you will open up a centre piece of the card where your surprise card message can be written.
To decorate the outside of this handcrafted card, select a piece of your favourite scrapbook paper and cut two panels by 2 ½ x4 inches.
Use double sided tape to attach the panels to the front of the card. You should be left with a small black border around the edge of each panel.
Select a sheet of patterned scrapbook paper and rubber stamp a butterfly image using a quick drying black ink such as Stazon.
You will need to stamp the image twice and carefully cut out both rubber stamped images.
Cut a piece of mirror card stock that is bigger than your butterfly image.
To make a topper for this handcrafted card use a dry adhesive and place the first butterfly onto a piece of white card that is slightly smaller than the gold card so there is a border.
Place a small piece of double sided 3d foam along the body of the first butterfly then place the second butterfly on top. This will make your butterfly 3d.
Next, find the centre of the card and attach the topper only to the left hand side of the card using double sided tape.
Your handcrafted card is now finished and you should be left with a wonderful card to give to a loved one with a hidden surprise message inside.