Word Card

by Dina Kowal

Create a card shaped like a word.

Supplies

  • One 3 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece of cardstock for card base
  • Patterned paper or coordinating cardstock to decorate letters
  • Printable word card template
  • Scor-Pal, or other scoring tool
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score the card base at 3 1/2" and 7".

  2. Step 2

    Print the letter template on cardstock and cut out the pieces.

    Word Card Template
    (Hint - If you have trouble downloading the template, update your Acrobat Reader at http://www.adobe.com)

  3. Step 3

    You can use the printed pieces directly on your card, or use them as tracing templates on other cardstock.

    These pieces are symmetrical, so you can flip them over if you don’t want to see the printed side.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere the pieces to your card base, centering one in each section. There should be an 1/8" border around each piece.

  5. Step 5

    Using a ruler, mark points around the edges of the pieces at 1/8" from the edge to give you a guide for cutting.

  6. Step 6

    You may not want to cut every edge, so your card has more stability.

  7. Use scissors or craft knife to cut at your drawn border.

  8. Step 7

    Your finished card base should look like this.

  9. Step 8

    Decorate your card.

Video!

Variations

    1. Choose a word 3 or 4 letters long.
    2. Find a font that is bulky with relatively straight sides.
    3. In your photo editing program, create a new image for each letter, sizing the letters to the width you will need for your card. For a 3 letter word like the one in this tutorial, size the letters to a 3.25” square to fit a 3.5" panel width. For a 4 letter word, you would need 12” cardstock for your base, and the letters would be 2.75” wide to fit a 3" panel.

    Paste the letters into a printable document, and follow the steps above.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Word Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this. Thanks for the tutorial, video and the template.
Marilyn Myers  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 2:33 AM
What a fabulous idea??!! I am gonna do a miss u card too!!
Michelle Champion  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 2:42 AM
What a fun card Dina! Can't wait to try this fun technique! TFS
Sharon Field  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 3:45 AM
That is so pretty. and not as hard after watching the video as i thought it would be. Thanks!. I noticed right off you put the heart going the other way. was hoping you would of cut that part, i will try it both ways and see which is easier to cut. thanks again.
monna  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 4:26 AM
This is GREAT!! TFS!!!! smile
sonja  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 4:33 AM
i love this idea! where did you get the letters? i want to make "mother" using the heart as an "O" for mothers day... beatiful card!
Marie  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 4:34 AM
Superbe, merci pour le tuto, je vais essayer...
CUSSY  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 5:04 AM
I tried everything you suggested but cannot print the PDF file. Is is possible for you to send the template as a word file?
Tinkerlou  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 5:32 AM
Awesome! I can't wait to try it. TFS!
Sharon H  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 5:48 AM
What font did you use and what size? We were looking for a card for senior night that is coming up and SENIOR or 2012 would look great.
Lisa  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 5:53 AM
What a cute idea! I will make them for my special Valentine's day cards this year! Guess I better get a move on, LOL.
Karen B  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 6:08 AM
I loved this! I'm always looking for something unique.
TIRZAH  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 6:36 AM
LOVE this idea. With these great instructions any letter/words would work. Love the inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
Diane Noble  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 7:06 AM
Your tutorials are just wonderful and the card today is marvelous. The written instructions are also wonderful and so precise. Easy to follow. Thanks for the excellent work
Lilaha  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 7:15 AM
where do I get the template for the I love you word card?
Pam  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 7:25 AM
Love That! Easier than it looked like it would be!! Thanks for sharing smile
Lisa Neyens  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM
@Lisa, I scrolled through all the fonts I have on my Mac and the closest I got was Cooper Black.
Noreen  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM
I love, love, love it!!! Thanks so much for the idea and the tutorial.
Darlyne  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 8:23 AM
Could you please tell me how i get the template for the word I love U card.
carole rempel  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 8:24 AM
THANKS for the tutorial!!!
Chrissy  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

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