This stationery set is so easy to make you will be able to complete it in just a couple of hours. It makes a great gift for friends or relatives and can be custom-made to suit the purpose.
- 12" x 12" cardstock of your choice (I used this bright pink cardstock from an English Manufacturer called Paper Mania.)
- 3 sheets of plain white A4 paper
- 4 blank cards
- 6 plain white envelopes
- six 6" x 6" sheets of paper (I used BasicGreys "Sultry" collection.)
- spool of ribbon (I used American Crafts.)
- stamp of your choice (I used one from Studio G.)
- ink (Mine is Colorbox "Orchid".)
- ruler and pencil
- craft knife or scorer
- 2" circle punch
Let's start by making the paper for your stationery kit:
- Take two sheets of the white A4 paper and cut them in half so you end up with four sheets approximately 6" by 8" or thereabouts.
- Take two sheets of the 6" x 6" paper and cut each into three strips approximately 2" x 6".
- Ink around the edges of the strips and glue them in place across the top of your white paper. (You may need to trim the paper slightly to fit and you should have two of the 2" strips left over. Save these for later on.)
- Using your 2" circle punch cut out four circles and ink around the edges.
- On each of the circles, stamp an image of your choice. I have used the phrase "have a good day" but you could have anything on there, such as an image of a flower for example.
- Glue the circle onto the paper - I like it half on the strip of colored paper and half on the white paper.
For added impact you could add glitter or buttons to your paper or perhaps add a thinner border across the bottom in a complementary paper.
To make the cards:
- Trim the 6" x 6" sheets of paper to fit the front of your blank cards. These will be your background papers.
- Cut the 2" strips left over from your paper into 1" x 6" strips. You will use one per card.
- Ink around the edges of the background paper and the 1" strips.
- Punch out four circles from white paper and ink around the edges in the same way you did making the stationery sheets.
- Stamp the same image used on the stationery paper onto the circles.
- Glue a 1" strip of paper on the right side of your background paper.
- Glue the circle to the left bottom side of the 1" strip.
- Attach ribbon to finish, overlapping the circle.
- Adhere the background paper to the front of the card.
To make the envelopes:
- Cut some of the small scraps left over from cutting the strips and ink around the edges.
- Glue the squares to the front of each of the six envelopes in the bottom right corner. (This helps when posting so it's not in the way.)
- Stamp the same image used on the cards and papers onto the back of the envelope.
For the holder:
- Take the 12" x 12" sheet of double-sided cardstock and place it in front of you.
- Measure 6" across the top and make a dot.
- Do the same across the bottom of the cardstock.
- With a pencil, draw a faint line connecting these dots together (top to bottom).
- Measure 3" up from the bottom of the cardstock and do the same, this time making a dot on the left and right sides of the card and join the dots together (horizontally across the page).
- Score across both of these lines.
- Fold the bottom of the card upwards (using the score line as your guide).
- Staple along the sides of the cardstock to form a pocket across the bottom. (I found glue didn't hold well enough.)
- Fold the card lengthways in half. This forms your holder.
- Decorate the front with the scraps of patterned paper you have left. (It's best to try and cover the back of the staples where you can.)
- Wrap ribbon around the outside of the holder and tie at the side
Once you have the basic idea, you could adapt the design for all manner of occasions. You could have different themes for each season of the year or perhaps you just want a mismatched set for yourself to use. (Scraps are great for this!). You could add an extra pocket on the front to include some stamps. You could have one of these for every month of the year and keep them on your shelf with that month's birthday cards premade inside. You may want to add to the set by including an altered pencil or pen or perhaps use lined paper instead of plain.