Personalized Cards




X-acto knife
cutting board
various colored cardstock
glue stick
graphite transfer paper
metal ruler
image you want to transfer

Step 1:

First, find an image you want to make into a card. For my example I'll use a lion.

Step 2:

Color in dark areas with black Sharpie

Step 3:

Choose a few colors of cardstock you would like to use for the cards. It is better to keep it to a few colors. Make sure you have a black (or dark color) and a white and a neutral for the back. For the lion I used a dark greyish brown for the accents, a grey for the background, two shades of a yellow orange for the lion and his mane and finally a white for the snout.

Step 4:

Using the graphite transfer paper to transfer the image to the different colors of paper. Blocking out the colors and choosing a neutral color as the base color.

Step 5:

Cut out the cardstock with an X-acto knife. Be patient and trace the lines that you have made carefully. It is usually better to start with the large blocks of color first. I cut out the lions mane, then blocking out the face and white muzzle. After layering those and gluing together I cut out the dark brown gluing the pieces on as I went in order not to loose any of the small bits. Make sure when you cut to leave some or a lot of overlap to allow the paper to stick and create a 3D kind of layering. Also remember to cut on the cutting board and use a good glue stick to keep pieces in place.

Step 6:

Trim the image to desired size. It helps to use a metal ruler and the X-acto knife to cut straight edges. If you want to make a card make sure to cut it appropriately and score the middle using a ruler so it folds clean and straight. 



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    3 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Neat project!
    Can you tell me a bit more about how you cut such intricately detailed bits? I'm betting an x-acto knife.

    1 reply

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I edited the instructions slightly to hopefully make it more clear. Yes an x-acto knife is the best way to cut, it also very helpful to have a fresh blade in order to make cleaner cuts.