The design is intended to require minimal materials and produce a minimal amount of waste. For many crafters, it can be done without purchasing any new materials. It will take most people about an hour to complete this card.
Step 1: Supplies and tools
1 brown paper "lunch" bag
1 8.5" x 11" sheet light-colored coordinating paper
1 3" x 3" coordinating cardstock
1 pony bead of a coordinating color
--any bead which can fit over your ribbon will work fine
total 24 to 30 inches of thin, coordinating ribbon
--2 pieces 6" to 8"
--1 piece 12" to 14"
These tools are required:
glue of some sort -- I used a glue stick, but regular white glue would also be fine.
For the decoration, you can go one of two routes, or combine them:
a crayon of a coordinating color
colored pencil or pen of a coordinating color
ink pad of a coordinating color
a pen of a coordinating color
--I used one flowery type stamp for the outside, a curlique-type stamp for the bottom, and letter stamps for initials.
I created the instructable based on the red and black card, which uses the stamp and ink pad route. The other card pictured, the blue one, used only a crayon and a colored pencil.
Step 2: Decorate the outside of the bag
If you are not using stamps, just take a crayon or colored pencil to the bag and do whatever abstract design you fancy.
Step 3: Fold the bag over
Step 4: Divide the sheet of paper
Your nine pieces will consist of these sizes:
1 8.5" x 5.5"
1 4" x 4"
1 4.5" x 2.5"
1 3" x 3"
1 3.5" x 1.5"
1 2" x 1.5"
3 1.5" x 0.5"
This should use up the entire piece of your paper. The guide shows the lines stopping an inch from the edge of the paper--this is just for the ease of printing. The lines should continue all the way to the edge of the paper.
You can either cut these pieces out now so as to have them ready during the making of the card, or cut the pieces as you need them.
Step 5: Decorate the 4x4 piece of paper
Crumple up the 4" x 4" piece of paper several times, to get an attractive amount of crinkling. Flatten the paper when satisfied.
If you are using an ink pad, drag and pat one side of the paper over the pad so as to color the edges and various parts of the middle. The aim here is to create a grungy, uneven look. If you are using a crayon, you can achieve the same effect by using the side of the crayon and varying the pressure in different areas.
Step 6: Attach front papers
Glue the plain, unaltered, 3" x 3" piece of paper at right angles to the 4" x 4" piece of paper. This puts the edges of the 3" x 3" piece parallel to the sides of the card. The 3" x 3" piece should be centered on top of the 4" x 4" piece.
Step 7: Decorate the bottom edge of the card
Step 8: Decorate the 4.5 x 2.5 paper
If using an ink pad, drag the edges of the paper, and a small amount of the paper near the edges, along the ink pad, to color the torn edges. If using a crayon, use the side of the crayon to achieve the same effect.
Step 9: Modify bottom inside of card
Mark a 1.75" location starting about 0.25" from the outside edge of the bottom flap (please consult picture).
Cut approximately 0.125" down on your 1.75" line, cutting a narrow rectangle into the bottom of the bag.
The purpose of this is to create an opening into the bag which will serve as your note slot.
Step 10: Creating the letter slot
Cut one of the narrow edges of the 2" x 1.5" paper so that it narrows bluntly. This does not need to be exact. Apply glue to the back of this paper, then insert it glue-side up, into the slot created by the paper strip in the paragraph above. Do not insert it all the way--leave perhaps 0.33" to 0.5" out, which you will then fold over onto the top of the flap. This is the top half of the letter 'slot', which will ensure the smooth insertion of your letter. Please view the picture carefully.
You will be covering these pieces of paper from view with your cardstock hearts.
Step 11: Create your heart cut-outs
Step 12: Decorate and apply cardstock hearts
Decorate the front of the other heart. If you are using an ink pad, drag its edges along the ink pad, and do a few light pats near the edges to create a grungy look. If you are using crayons and a pen/pencil, decorate as you desire.
Apply glue to the rear bottom 0.5" or so inch of the heart. Place this so that it just barely covers the pocket flap on the top.
Step 13: Decorate and place inside ribbon
Apply glue to the back of the ribbon. Center it between the top fold of the card and the top of the bottom flap. Leave equal amounts sticking out past the sides of the card. Bend the ribbon around the sides of the card and inside the side folds of the card. The ribbon should not go onto the outside back of the card, but into the middle of the bag. Pat down firmly.
Step 14: Decorate and place small papers
Drag and pat the edges of each torn piece along the ink pad. If you are using a crayon, do the same with the side of the crayon. The idea here is to again create a grungy look.
Apply glue to the back of each piece of paper. Place them in a haphazard fashion along the left half of the inside of the card.
Step 15: Place outside ribbons and bead
Use your remaining piece of ribbon, 12" to 14" long, and apply glue to the back. Slide the ribbon through the bead on the other ribbon. Place the ribbon approximately 1.25" from the right edge of the card. One end of the ribbon should just meet the bottom of the back of the card. All of the remaining ribbon should stick out down the front of the card. Wrap this end into the inside of the bag. It will not go to the interior of the bag, but inside the bag unseen. Pat the ribbon down firmly.
Step 16: Add the words to the inside of the card
On the 4" x 2.5" blank area, again feel free to write whatever message best suites your relationship. Here are the two examples used in the cards pictured:
And yet, it is a thing of beauty. Thank you for sharing it with me. Happy Valentine's Day.
And yet, it is a thing of beauty and joy. Thank you for sharing it. Happy Valentine's Day.
Left hand upper:
On the three small pieces on the left hand side of the card, I have two examples. But you can get creative here and put in any charming message you can think of.
For a spouse:
For a friend:
You can also decorate the heart with initials or a short word or phrase.
Step 17: Write and insert note
Once you have written your note, fold the paper from one end at approximately 1.5". Keep folding until the whole paper is folded.
Slide the note into the pocket created between the two cardstock hearts.
Step 18: Add the words to the outside of the card
Our love is plain, functional, and very everyday. It does not come in a fancy wrapper.
Our friendship is plain, functional, and very everyday. It does not come in a fancy wrapper.
If you desire, as a finishing touch you can apply a bit of glue on the middle folds of the bag, to make the card lay flatter.
Congratulations, your card is now complete!