by Dina Kowal
Create a card shaped like a word.
- 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
Score the card base at 3 1/2" and 7".
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.
Adhere the pieces to your card base, centering one in each section. There should be an 1/8" border around each piece.
Using a ruler, mark points around the edges of the pieces at 1/8" from the edge to give you a guide for cutting.
You may not want to cut every edge, so your card has more stability.
Use scissors or craft knife to cut at your drawn border.
Your finished card base should look like this.
Decorate your card.
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.