Word Card

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
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive


  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.



    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!

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Questions and Comments

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

I watched, I printed, I created! Such a wonderfully simple card for my husby for Valentines Day 2012. Thank you so much!
Catherine  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Go to "Resources" & you will find the template.
Bonnie Deibel  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM
Love is in the air.
Congratulations, i like this card tutorial much. Thank you for this great idea
Regina Drumond  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 3:48 AM
BRENDA RIVERA  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 4:36 AM
Where can I find more word cards? Love the tutorial, so easy to understand. Thank you so much. You are so talented.
Donna Hickok  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM
Dakeschön für die tolle Anleitung.
Die Word Card ist einfach toll. Schöne Idee.
Petra Boltze  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM
What a great idea, very simple to do!
Tammy Nyenhuis  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I also could not PRINT the letter template. Bummer ! Even when I could see it - I could not print it. And - my computer got locked - I had to force it to shut down by pushing the power off button. Sure would love to have a copy of the letter template. Love the concept!
Patti Hammer  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM
Such a cute card - great work!
Susan  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM
I can't wait to try this. I love unusual cards, and this one fits the bill! Thanks so much for sharing the template and the video!
chaun  |  Thu Feb 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM
what a great idea for a special card thnx xx
audrey grimsley  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 2:51 AM
cannot get into the template...help!!!
Mary  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 8:39 AM
Thanks Dina and Beate for this wonderful tutorial. Just the thing I needed for a Valentine for my DH. Here's my card!
Barbara Joyce  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM
This is a fabulous idea! Thank you for the directions and the video! I learn more things from this section of SCS!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM
Thank you so much for such a great tutorial. I am going to make a few of these.
Rene  |  Fri Feb 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM
Look at the words Step 2, in the picture tutorial there is a click-able link there for the template.
knuckstermom  |  Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM
thank you for this tutorial and file, looking forward to having a go at this one in time for valentine
sal  |  Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM
Great tutorial! I will be making these for several loved ones for Valentines day! I do have a suggestion, though: shave off 1/8" all around the card base with your cutter to alleviate having to hand cut the 1/8" around the top, bottom and sides of the letters.
Connie  |  Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM
Connie, your idea about shaving 1/8" off the top, bottom and sides won't work. If you check step 6 above, you only trim a bit off here and there. The left side gets trimmed at the "I", and the bottom right gets trimmed along the U. Also around the top of the heart, and the middle of the U. But most of the top, bottom and sides are NOT trimmed. Watch Beate's video and follow the written directions, and it'll work perfectly! Have fun!
Barbara Joyce  |  Sat Feb 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM
fantastic card. thank u for sharing the idea. looking forward to making it for valentine's day.
Amisha parekh  |  Sun Feb 5, 2012 at 4:49 AM

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