DIY Tutorial: How to Make Handmade Art Collage Note Cards

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Making your own art collage note cards is easy. It just requires a few paper products, some glue stick, scissors and your imagination. This tutorial will walk you through how to make your own custom collage note cards featuring tiny owls.

What you’ll need:
  • Standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • Assorted scrapbook papers
  • Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ink Jet or Laser Printer/Copier
  • Pen
  • Markers (optional)
  • 5.5″ x 4.25″ envelopes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by measuring out your backgrounds for your collage designs. Each sheet of cardstock will serve as the base for two original works of art. You’ll need to measure and cut two rectangles from the background paper of your choice for your first set of two cards. These rectangles will be 4.75″ wide by 3.5″ high. Take your measurements then draw lines to connect the marks. A ruler works best for this. Unfortunately the boy commandeers all of my rulers and all I had left was a measuring tape.
2. Once you have your first rectangle, cut it out and then proceed on to the next.
3. Here are the two backgrounds I cut out. This is how they will look laid out on your cardstock. Remember that half the width of the cardstock is 5.5″. Once you’ve completed your collages, you will glue your backgrounds with the final art horizontally onto the bottom half of the cardstock. Be sure that the backgrounds are a quarter inch from the bottom of the page and that they are center within their own 5.5″ sections on either side of that imaginary divider line.
4. Cut out your shapes for your owls and any other imagery you’d like to use in your artwork. Use different colored or patterned papers to represent shapes. If you don’t have a paper in a color you need, simply flip it over to the white side and color it with marker before cutting out your shape. The basic shapes for the owl are pictured above. A circle for the body, smaller circles with dots colored on for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and circles halved and shortened for the wings.
5. Once you have all of the shapes you need for your design, piece them together and arrange them to suit your taste. Once satisfied with your arrangement, glue the elements to the background.

6. You would then glue your collages to a piece of cardstock as instructed earlier. Remember, based on the measurements of your background, place the images a quarter inch up from the bottom. You can draw a light line down the center of the cardstock at 5.5″ to center your artwork onto either side so they are center with the edge of the cardstock and the center of the cardstock. Be sure to erase the line completely afterwards.
Here are some more images of note card designs I created:

 7. Once you’ve created your template for your note cards, all there is left to do is print off your cards! Simply place your card design on your copier and print out as many copies as you like onto cardstock. Then, using a paper cutter, cut each page down the middle so you are left with two single cards. Then fold the cards in half with the image side out. Pair each card with a standard invitation envelope measuring 5.5″ x 4/25″. These are available at any arts and crafts store. If you’re looking to make large quantities to sell, I recommend purchasing envelopes in bulk from Clear Bags. Clear Bags also sells Flap Seal Crystal Clear Bags for protecting your cards from dirt and grime especially if they’ll be on store shelves. They also allow you to bundle cards into sets.
To see more card designs I’ve created using this simple collage technique, check out my blog post “Before there was soap. Handmade cards and other paper crafts.
Do you still use paper stationery and note cards? If so, where is your favorite place to shop for paper cards?
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Comments

  1. This is a very good idea and you post a great tutorial. I will follow your steps and try to make my own note card. Thanks for your tips.

  2. Those are so cute! I love the one with the mailbox.

  3. ADORABLE!!!!

  4. Those are super cute! Thanks for linking them up too.

  5. Super cute cards!
    Thanks for sharing them
    Andee
    P.S. visiting from a glimpse inside

  6. They are lovely! 🙂

  7. I so love this – combines my love for stationary and owls – ahhhh. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Thank you for linking to Sew Woodsy last week! We hope you will join us again tomorrow!

  9. so cute! thanks for sharing such a lovely post!