by Shirley Durell
Hide a secret message with this decoder card.
- White Cardstock
- Red Cellophane
- Canvas Background Stamp, or other mesh looking background stamp
- Ink in Red and Light Blue (Real Red and Bashful Blue used here; Certainly Celery works well, too)
- 1 1/4" Circle Punch
- Scallop Circle Punch
- 1/8" Circle Punch
- Circle Cutting Tool (to cut cellophane to 1 3/8")
- Two-Way Glue
To create a decoder piece, cut two identical-sized pieces of white cardstock.
Punch a 1 1/4" circle from one, then match corners with the second sheet and punch again so the circle is in the same position on both pieces of cardstock.
Center the scalloped circle punch over the cut out circle and punch.
Match up the corners of both papers and use this as a guide to punch the second scalloped circle to ensure that the two finished pieces are a match even if they are a little off-center.
Line the two scalloped circle pieces up and punch a 1/8" hole for your ribbon.
Cut a 1 3/8" circle from cellophane with a Coluzzle™ circle template.
Use Two-Way glue to adhere the cellophane circle to one of the scalloped circles.
Glue the second scalloped circle over top, carefully aligning the ribbon hole as well as the scallops.
Add ribbon to the decoder piece, leaving enough ribbon to reach the secret message on your card.
For the secret message, stamp words or an outline image on white cardstock using light blue ink.
Ink the canvas background with red ink and stamp over the top of the image or message stamped in blue.
Fine lined images will show through the background less, making it harder to read without the decoder piece.
Hand write a message using a light blue marker for a more personal touch.
Finish your card.