Creative Paper "Quilt" Baby Card Ideas for Your Own Special Card!
Baby Card Ideas do not have to be difficult to make!
Yes, there are lots of greeting cards out there for the "New Baby," but why not spend a little time creating a homemade card yourself to celebrate the new life?
Handmade card making is an easy hobby and its occasions like these that call for special handmade greeting cards.
When shopping for the new baby, look around for inspiration on different baby card ideas.
This handmade paper card took me less than an hour to make and if you're a whiz with cutting strips of paper and handling glue without making a mess, then you'll probably make this card in less time than I did!
Lots of different Baby Card Ideas can definitely be launched from this simple greeting card design.
To personalize this card, here are a few new baby card ideas to inspire you:
- Choose colors to match the gender of the baby. Blues for Boys and Pinks for Girls.
- If you know the name of the baby, how about stamping "Welcome Jack!" instead of a generalized new baby message.
- Instead of ribbon, you can use lace, strips of pretty cloth, or other types of fabric to add texture.
- Add more stuff! You can continue gluing little buttons along the strips of ribbon or even in the corners of the "quilt."
- Instead of choosing pastels, you can choose other cool patterns - like little animals or airplanes and cut the strips thicker so that the patterns will show through.
There are tons of ways to personlize this card and the card is so simple to make that you can spend more of your time making it unique!
- Cardstock for the actual card - I chose a light blue to (sort of) match my ribbon
- A variety of different patterned decorative scrapbook paper, probably four to five different patterns would work best (I chose pastels, you can choose whatever you wish)
- 4 strips of ribbons - two to go horizontally and two to go vertically along the front of the card
- 4 little buttons - you can use more if you wish
- Rubber Stamp that says "Baby" or "New Baby" or even a little pair of footprints, which is popular for new baby cards
- Ink pad or rubber stamp markers - I used rubber stamp brush markers to add some color to my stamp
- Scrap cardstock to stamp your rubber stamp
- Glue runner or your preference of adhesive
Craft Knife (or Paper Trimmer)
- Steel Ruler
- Bone folder
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Fold your cardstock to the desired card size
- Decide how big your want your paper quilt.
After deciding how big or small your quilt will be, cut equal sized strips to match the size of the quilt.
For my paper quilt I wanted it 5x7, so I cut inch 3/4 thick strips in lengths of 7 inches (for strips across the quilt) and 5 inches (for strips that go up and down to quilt).
TIP: For a more intricate quilt, make the strips thinner. For a more less intricate quilt (perhaps to expose the details of the patterned paper) make the strips thicker.
- Now you get to weave your own little paper quilt!
I found it easiest to take a longer horizontal strip (7 inches) and glue the shorter vertical strips (5 inches) to it to create a "base" for my weaving.
So you would take a shorter strip, glue it to the corner of the longer strip, so it creates a big "L" shape.
Then take another shorter strip, place it beside the first strip and glue it underneath the longer strip.
And continue until all of the short strips have been glued to the longer strip - gluing by rotating either on top or underneath that first longer strip. (see picture).
- Start weaving the longer strips through the shorter strips, continue until complete.
NOTE: Don't worry about the spaces between the strips, it is cool to allow a little of the cardstock color to show through. It gives the card some dimension.
- Once your quilt is complete, flip it over and carefully glue to edges of the paper quilt so that the ends of the strips are secured to one another.
- Rubber stamp your message onto your scrap cardstock and cut it out.
- Glue the cardstock with your message onto the front of the quilt.
- Take your strips of ribbon and "frame" the message along its edges.
- Glue the tips of the ribbon securely onto the backside of the paper quilt.
- Glue the paper quilt with the message and the ribbon onto the front of your cardstock.
- Glue little buttons where the ribbons intersect.
- Embellish as desired!
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