Craft this card for $1.07!

In these economic times we crafters need to tighten our belts right…it’s so hard with all the yummy new papers, stamps and embellishments on the market…and we can’t possibly create something beautiful without at lest spending $5 right? Wrong! This is my first project for Creative Cuts and More, I’m a guest Designer for the month of February, isn’t this die cut lovely:

Dollar Tree
Die cut: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique, Ribbon&Pin: Dollar Tree

I used the Square Scallop 5 1/4″ Dress Card cut from Diamond white Bazzill Bling cardstock. The card is $1 but if you are buying 10 or more it drops to $0.80.¬† How cut would this be as a bridal shower invite? Here is the cost for this card: (Not counting Pearl-Ex, stamps and ink: they were part of my stash already)

die cut: $1

Ribbon: 0.o5 *14″ off a 6′ roll from the Dollar Tree

Stick pin: 0.13 *one out of an 8 pack purchased at the Dollar Tree. The pin had the flower and white ribbon attached.

Pattern Paper: 0.20 *bought at a 5/$1 sale at Joanns years ago, although one sheet would make 5 cards!

Glue stick: 0.05 *to make the self adhesive pearls, I did not use the whole stick though!

Total: $1.43. If you were making 10 they would cost $1.07 because of the pattern paper being split between 10 cards and the die cut price dropping to 80 cents each! You probably have ribbon, paper scraps and hot glue in your stash already so use it up for crying out loud!

To make the card:

Cut strips of pattern paper 1″ wide and fold them the long way. Print out the pattern below and tape the dress card over it so you see the iris folding pattern through the window.

right-click on this pattern to save and print
right-click on this pattern to save and print

Glue the strips of paper down in the order shown on the pattern. Trim a piece of pattern paper to cover the folds from behind. *note: I used a small heart punch to add detail to the scalloped sides. Stamp flourish. Stamp sentiment on a scrap of purple, cut out and adhere with foam tape. Wrap the fold edge with ribbon and tie a double knot then stick the pin through.

squeeze tiny drops of hot glue onto a silicone mat and let cool for about 30 seconds then use a small paintbrush dipped in Pearl-Ex to add shimmer. Adhere to card (I touched the hot glue gun to the back of the “pearls” to attach them.

Fun, cheap and easy…now that’s my type of craft! Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

14 thoughts on “Craft this card for $1.07!

  1. This is absolutely adorable. I love the glue dots, I’ll have to try making some soon. The Iris folding on the dress die cut is so beautiful. Way to go, great job any bride would be proud to have these as invites or even thank you cards….


  2. Flatback pearls are my favorite embelishment .. thanks for showing us how to create our own!

    QUESTION: Do you have a technique for making glue dots? They are so expensive to buy and yet are so handy.



  3. It was so nice of you to direct me to the video and discussion about using Aleene’s Tack-It-Over & Over to make glue dots. I have to say that I tried this method a few months ago and my glue dots just never dried and I left them for several weeks (not days)! I am wondering if the Aleene’s Tack-It-Over & Over that I bought at Michael’s for this project may have been past its shelf life. I may try buying another bottle and try this again.

    Thanks again for your help ~ ~ ~ Rita R


  4. P.S.

    As I was stamping a few minutes ago using Colorbox Fluid Chalk cats eyes, one of the tiny ink pads came completely lose. Could you recommend a method of reattaching the little cats eye pad to the plastic holder?


    Rita R


  5. Hi Rita,
    That has happened to me too and it is so irritating! And since the ink is wet what glue will stick to it? You might try hot glue but honestly I am not sure.


  6. Hi,

    Thought I’d pass along a solution I just learned about from a papercrafter on a Splitcoaststamper’s forum … she has had good success reattaching those little cats eye ink pads to their plastic holders. She used Super Glue. She said that other crafters have had success using Crystal Effects to reattach the pads.

    Best regards,

    Rita R


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