Here’s how to make the matchbook cards — I take no credit for these — I learned how to make them at a demo at Stamp Antonio, an awesome rubber stamp store in San Antonio! See my write up about my awesome visit and more matchbook cards here! Once you get started making cards like this you just can’t stop! As always in my blog, you can click on the picture to make it larger.
Here’s what to do:
- Score a an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of cardstock widthwise at 10 1/8″ and 4 7/8″. At the demo we just eyeballed it, folded the paper and used a bone folder to make the creases, but I think it looks nicer to score it — I use the Fiskars rotary trimmer with the scoring blade and then I also go over it with a bone folder.
- Cut the sheet of paper in half lengthwise at 4 1/4 inches — this will make 2 cards — they’ll fit in an A2 sized envelope.
- Stamp along the flap, then fold the flap up and the top down. Press on the folds with the bone folder to smooth them out.
- Hold the flap closed with one hand and use a 1/16 hole punch or an awl to punch a hole in the center of the flap. You want the hole to go all the way through to the back of the card and low enough so that the front of the card can still be lifted up — don’t put the hole through the front of the card or you won’t be able to open it, ha ha! Punch a hole in the center of a length of ribbon too.
- Put a tiny brad through the hole in the ribbon and then through the holes in the flap and secure the brad in place. Tie a knot in the ribbon.
Ta da! Now your matchbook card is ready for embellishment! I used a 2.5 x 2.5 piece of patterned paper and stamped a saying underneath and then attached the tree with a pop dot.
Supplies: All stamps by Hero Arts. Patterned paper by Memory Box. Cardstock by Bazzill. The ornaments on the tree were done with red glitter and there’s clear glitter on the star.