How to make a frame card

Sometimes you want to create a card that is a little bit different - why not try a frame card and make your stamped scenes the star of the show!

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If you’re looking for new ways to add extra interest to your card designs, then give a frame card a go. A frame card consists of a layered frame that your stamped panel sits behind, to create a sense of depth within your make.

When creating a frame card, choose a thicker card –  220gsm works well – but not too thick, as the thicker your card, the harder it is to fold and crease. Similarly, anything lighter may be too flimsy. A bone folder will give sharp creases, and a guillotine (paper trimmer) will make cutting your panels a lot easier. Cards that have the folded edge at the top are more stable than cards with the folded edge at the side. Bear this in mind if you want to use embellishments, as these can be heavy and may cause the card to fall over. Here’s a handy tip: Making templates from scraps of card and writing down the sizes for layering onto them will save you time. They can be used for reference again and again.

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How to make a frame card:

To make the frame card, you will need:

  • Card
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Craft mat
  • Metal ruler

Step 1

Cut a 29.7 x 14.7cm piece of card. Starting from the left-hand edge, measure and score at 14.7cm and 15.2cm, as shown. Crease well. This forms a spine so the card will lie flat when closed.

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Step 2

Draw diagonal lines across front of base. Cut a 12.2cm square and a 10.8cm square from card. Place the large square centrally on the base. Draw around it. Remove. Put the small square inside the pencil lines. Draw around it.

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Step 3

Score all the pencil lines well. Use a craft knife or a scalpel to cut diagonally across the squares in both directions, as shown. Carefully erase the pencil lines.

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Step 4

Open up the card so that you are looking at the inside. Fold the outer score lines outwards and the inner score lines inwards. Close the card so that you are looking at the front. You should have a recess.

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Step 5

Cut a piece of card to 12cm and glue it into the recess. Trim another piece of card to 14cm square and glue on the inside to cover folded area. Your frame card is now ready for you to decorate.

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