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.

Thanks very much, this is brilliant, I would like to do one with MUM now as well, great tutorial
Carole  |  Sun Feb 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM
Your card is so cute! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!
Jan Hunnicutt  |  Wed Feb 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM
Thank you for your great card tutorial.
I made it for my husband using masculine paper and it looked great. It is versatile enough to use for many occasions.
lee  |  Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 1:42 AM
How do I download the letter & heart template? I love this card.
Dawn  |  Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM
Wow! I love this idea. I made one for my husband for valentines' day. He is a man of few words so it was perfect! Thank you so much.
Judy Billar  |  Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM
I love the butterfly you used. I've been looking for it but haven't had any luck. Can you tell me which die it is? Thanks!
Judy Billar  |  Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Where can I find templates for other letters that match this? You did a terrific job, thanks for sharing.
Jocelyn  |  Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM
Hi... i just registry in here and i found this Tutorial... very cute and thanks for sharing .
Trybecreative  |  Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM
I cut my original card base 3.5 x 11 and scored at 3.5, 7 and 10.5. Then I cut a 3.5 square and adhered it to the 1/2 inch tab on the front so that it had a front cover that could be decorated. Love, love, love these word shaped books and cards. Thanks for the great tutorial and the template.
Deborah  |  Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM
Love the card--will make in my next volunteer craft class for seniors-- I know they will love it too.
Ruth Ann Boyd  |  Sat Jan 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Hi Beate: Do you happen to know if there is a site that would have other letters of the alphabet for the word card. I would like to make one for my sister Judy with her name.
Great card love it!
Cher  |  Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Just love the card, but can't seem to download the template. Can I get it another way?
Ginny  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Hi - you probably just need to update your Adobe reader - you can get the latest version at www.adobe.com smile
lydia  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
This is great. Thank you so much for the tutorial, I would like to make this with other words. I looked in our SCS Resources (now called Tutorials) to find a template for other letters but could not find it. Do you have a link to where this is? tia! grin
LMstamps  |  Sat Apr 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

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