How to Make Cute Cards

By Megan O. Andersen
Botanical cards that are as easy as 1-2-3!

Making cute cards is easy, and this leaf rubbing technique offers a great opportunity to examine the different leaf shapes available in your garden, neighborhood, or even in your kitchen! Everything from exotic tapioca leaves to run-of-the-mill carrot tops can make beautiful botanical cards.

Materials.

Look for leaves with interesting shapes and textures. Spiky, spiny leaf shapes make especially interesting cards. So do feathery greens like carrot tops or dill weed. Please see the last slide for a complete list of materials needed for this project.

Fold the card.

Select the card stock. Match up the opposing corners and fold the paper gently. Use a bone folder (or your thumb nail) to define the crease.

Cut to size.

For larger cards, use the folded 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock as the base of your card. For smaller note card sizes, use the ruler to find the center of the folded card. Mark the center with a pencil and then cut the larger card down to a size you desire.

Gather leaves.

Pick leaves based on their shape and size. If you don’t have a yard, use leaves from houseplants, carrot tops, or herbs.

Needs one more piece of paper to prevent unwanted textures.

Sandwich one leaf between two pieces of computer paper. Having a piece of paper under your leaf prevents any unwanted textures -- wood grain from your table or dust -- from transferring from your work surface to the top piece of paper.

Peeling the crayon.

Peel the paper wrapper off of a crayon.

Making the leaf rubbing.

With one hand, grasp the side of your peeled crayon and rub it over the leaf sandwich. Secure with your other hand to keep it from shifting around. Rub the side of the crayon over the entire leaf and stem.

Cut to size.

Cut the paper down to size so that it fits on your card stock.

Tape to the card.

Use Washi tape to attach the leaf rubbing to the card for an instant botanical card with a sweet touch!

Trim the excess.

Use a craft knife to trim the edges of the tape flush with the card.

Tip

Use metallic pens on darker colors of card stock when it’s time to write your message inside the card.

Warning

Use the side of the crayon -- not the tip -- when making the leaf print.

About the Author

Megan O. Andersen has been crafting, baking, cooking, drawing, sculpting and gardening since she could hold a crayon. She swapped her suit jacket for a non-stick smock in 2010 and hasn't looked back. She's an experienced marketing professional, craft show vendor, seasoned event coordinator, photography instructor and writer who approaches every new craft with the same mantra, “How hard could it be?”