Guitar Card

by Carol Lovenstein

Make a guitar shaped card for the music lover in your life.


  • Cardstock – black, white, vanilla, gold foil
  • Wood veneer (Cherry used here)
  • Gold cording (6 pieces – 5-1/2" each)
  • Mini brads (6)
  • Adhesive (1/4" double sided tape, Foam Dimensionals, Scotch tape)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Circle dies (Spellbinders® Classic Circles (Large & Small) used here)
  • Label die (Stampin’ Up!® Deco Labels Framelits used here)
  • Word Window punch (optional)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Paper piercing tool
  • Piercing mat
  • Sponge
  • Guitar pick


  1. Step 1

    With the grain horizontal, cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of wood veneer into two - 2" x 5 1/4" lengths. Rotate one piece 180 degrees to create a center seam.

    Adhere pieces butted together onto 4" x 5 1/4" cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Die cut a 2 1/8" circle through both layers, centered on the seam, approximately 1" from top (Spellbinders Classic Circles – Small #4 die used here).

  3. Step 3

    Die cut a large circle frame from black cardstock using 1 7/8" (Small Circles #5) and 2-9/16" (Large Circles #3) dies. Cut a small circle frame from gold foil cardstock using 2 1/8" (Small Circles #4) and 2 5/16" (Large Circles #4) dies. (Measurements are flexible.)

  4. Step 4

    Glue the large frame to the veneer panel, centered around the circle, then center the small frame onto the large frame.

  5. Step 5

    Die cut the bridge shape from veneer using a label die, making sure to run grain vertically. Position the die at the edge of the veneer so that only about 3/4" – 1" is cut, leaving a straight edge.

  6. Step 6

    Sponge the veneer piece lightly with ink to darken.

  7. Step 7

    Poke 6 holes into the bridge with an awl or piercing tool, centered and 1/4" apart, approximately 1/2" down from the straight edge.

  8. Step 8

    Apply double stick tape to the back side of bridge. Thread a 5 1/2" piece of cording through each hole, sticking the ends to the tape on the back side. Install mini brads onto the front.

    Apply a 1/4" strip of Scotch tape over the cording and brad legs to make sure they don’t come loose.

  9. Step 9

    Prepare a 5/8" x 2 1/8" strip of vanilla cardstock, inking with clear embossing ink and embossing with clear powder. Punch out Word Window shape. Cut the shape in half lengthwise and round the ends with scissors. It is okay if it’s not perfectly straight. Glue the piece to the bridge at an angle between the brads and vertical straight edge.

    Adhere the bridge in the center below the circle using foam dimensionals, about 1/2" from the bottom.

    If not using the punch, cut a strip of cardstock that is 1/4" x 1 3/4", and round the ends with scissors.

  10. Step 10

    Turn the card face down. At the top pencil six tick marks 1/4" apart, centered. Apply another strip of double stick tape slightly below the tick marks on the card back. Align cords with tick marks, and press the ends down onto the tape. Make sure to pull cording taut.

  11. TIP:
    Apply Scotch tape over cord ends so they don’t come loose.

  12. Step 11

    Adhere card face to base with a generous amount of foam dimensionals.

    Adhere your color choice of guitar pick to the card front with a foam dimensional.

  13. Step 12

    Complete the project.



  1. Make this slightly different version of the card with a curved edge. Click HERE for the template.

    Follow the instructions above for embellishing, adjusting the measurements for the circle dies and cord spacing to the smaller template.

    Also, if you don't have wood veneer, use wood grain stamps and sponge ink to create the look of wood.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

I need to make a card for a teenager who is about to have back surgery and will be laid up for a while. I just saw on FB that his family gave him a guitar so that he will have something to entertain himself while recuperating. I think this card will be perfect to send him. Thanks for sharing!
Holly Craft  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 3:30 AM
I LOVE this card! It will be so perfect for my husband as he plays guitar. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Can't WAIT to make one grin

Jocelyn x
aka JoBear2 on SCS
Jocelyn Knight  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 3:36 AM

And...with 4 strings, you have a ukulele!!
Dawn Barrett  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 5:28 AM
Absolutely brilliant! I feel a gift card idea coming on...
paper canuck  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 6:05 AM
This is so awesome, I love it! Looking forward to making one for my son. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
Shelley Siemers  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 6:13 AM
A note about printing the template, I had to change my printer setting because "fit to page" was selected and it printed a full page template! I just unchecked that setting and it printed perfectly then! This will be fun!
muscrat  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 7:21 AM
Ohh, good tip, Kathy! Yep, check your settings!
dina  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 8:02 AM
Excellent idea/video/my music lovers are going to go nuts over this one! Thank you so much for sharing Carol! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 8:27 AM
Lovin' this cutie! What a great idea and thank you so much for the template. This will be perfect for my brother's birthday who was a budding 'Rock Star' in the 60's (as all kids were!) LOL

Sue Allen  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM
Great card and you explained things so it was easy to follow your instructions thanks.
Irene Williams  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 11:03 AM
i love this card. it is something i will deffintely make.
sarrah  |  Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 6:17 PM
Thank you so much for the awesome comments!!! I was nervous, this being my first time. But, it's been wonderful!
Carol Lovenstein  |  Thu Oct 1, 2015 at 3:14 PM
OMG - THANK YOU! This is perfect for my son - and his birthday is this month! One question - where do you get wood veneer? Michaels? Home Depot?
Vicki Doyle  |  Thu Oct 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM
What a fun tutorial. My printer is down but as soon as I get it up and running I am going to try this with the template. Thanks
Sylvia Johnson  |  Thu Oct 1, 2015 at 5:25 PM
SUPER SUPER Cute! Can't wait to make one for my BIL - he will FLIP! Carol, you are the BEST!
Sara Grembowski  |  Thu Oct 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM
So cool! I need to try this for my grandson's birthday! Thank you!
Sharon Madson  |  Thu Oct 1, 2015 at 6:47 PM
Really awesome, I will CASE for sure!
Lela Meinke  |  Fri Oct 2, 2015 at 7:30 AM
I just looked online and found that Walmart carries 12x12 sheets of wood veneer. The veneer I picked up many, many moons ago was on clearance. I don't remember exactly where I got it.
Carol Lovenstein  |  Mon Oct 5, 2015 at 8:03 AM
I believe that Ellen Hutson and Simon says stamp along with lots of other online retailers carry wood veneer paper.
Rebecca  |  Mon Oct 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM
This is so darn cute -- and am planning to make one for my guitar-playing hubby for his birthday. Thanks so much for sharing this fun card...
Cyndee Harrington  |  Mon Oct 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM

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