Make Your Own Cards
with These Flat Charms

How to Make Your Own Cards

with Laser Lace Charms

 

What do you get when you combine card making with charms and beads?

Creative cards perfect for Someone Special!

These fancy cards are perfect for someone special...The next time you're lost for a very special card making idea (maybe you need a fancy homemade Wedding card, a special Anniversary card or a milestone Birthday cardmaking idea)... try looking through your charms and jewelry supplies or browse through a bead supply store for inspiration.

Beaded cards make an elegant addition to a Wedding/Anniversary/Birthday gift or a thoughtful way to give money. They can also be a gift all on their own, housing a special message and a whole lot of love.

There are many ways to make your own cards with beads and charms... however the cards below were inspired by a very inexpensive and unique charm made for jewelry (called laser lace charms).

If you don't have time to order laser lace, try this Beaded charm card, which was actually inspired by these laser lace charm cards. They don't require anything fancy but the idea is similar...

Following you will find instructions to help you make these unique greeting cards...


How to Maker Your Own Cards with Laser Lace Charms


These laser lace charms were pennies a piece and so flat that they beg to be used in paper crafting. They come from Fire Mountain Gems, here's a link to some of their laser lace charms, which is the only place I've found them so far. I expect more stores will start carrying them in the future because they're really neat to work with!

To Make This Card You'll Need:

  • 5" x 7" card blank
  • brown card stock
  • cream colored textured card stock
  • embroidery thread
  • laser lace
  • beads

Also: paper glue, sewing needle (for beading), masking tape, scissors, decorative scissors

This card would make a lovely Mother's Day card or a sweet Birthday card idea...Instructions:

  • Start with or make a 5 x 7" card blank
  • Cut brown card stock to 5 x 7"
  • Cut cream colored textured card stock to 4.5 x 6.5"
  • Mount a decorative strip diagonal on the top of cream colored card stock (you can use decorative scissors to make one).
  • Cut and mount a heart (with a mat if desired) on top of diagonal strip.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the heart and pull through a piece of string (I used embroidery thread pulled apart to 2 threads), looping it on the laser lace heart and pulling it back through. Secure string on back with tape or glue.
  • Tie three pieces of string, one to each ring on the bottom of the laser lace heart.
  • String beads (tying each one in place) as desired along string and secure ends to back with masking tape.
  • Center and glue the embellished cream colored card stock to the brown card stock. Glue thoroughly.
  • Now glue embellished cream colored card stock to the front of the card blank.
  • Done!

Sources: Laser Lace Charm and beads from Fire Mountain Gems. Card stocks from WorldWin.


Another Laser Lace Charm Card:

Jewelry supplies meet card making...Here's another version, there's many ways to make your own cards with laser lace charms. It's the same basic idea as the top card but with a different charm, color scheme and a few small changes. Getting ideas???

To Make This Card You'll Need:

  • 5" x 7" card blank
  • gold card stock
  • purple card stock
  • lavender card stock
  • purple embroidery thread
  • purple craft cord
  • laser lace
  • matching beads

Also: paper glue, sewing needle (for beading), masking tape, scissors

Instructions:

  • Start with or make a 5 x 7" card blank
  • Cut gold card stock to 5 x 7" and glue to the front of card blank
  • Set aside to dry (in some cases, drying under a book will help it stay flat)
  • Cut purple card stock to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4".
  • Cut three squares in varying sizes of card stock alternating between colors as seen above. Turn them diagonal and punch a 1/8" hole.
  • Pull cord through, loop around laser lace heart charm, pull cord ends up and over to back, securing ends to back of purple card stock.
  • Loop a length of purple string through each ring at the bottom of the laser lace heart.
  • String beads (tying each one in place) as desired along thread so that they will each be visible when tied back. Here I used 3 different types/sizes of coordinating beads.
  • Secure each piece of string to the back of the card stock, pulling it snug. It's easy to use tape to secure the ends (later you'll be covering the entire back in glue).
  • Add two strips of lavender paper diagonal on the top, fold and tape or glue to back.
  • Center and glue the fully embellished purple card stock to the gold card stock on the front of the card. Glue thoroughly.
  • Done!

Tip: For the string I used embroidery thread, separated into 2 threads. Embroidery thread makes a great addition to paper craft craft supplies.

Source: Laser Lace Charm and beads from Fire Mountain Gems. Card stocks from WorldWin.

Now it's time for you to make your own cards! These are great for making birthday cards, thank you cards, Mother's Day cards, Anniversary cards and even wedding cards.

Check out Creative Card Making Ideas to make your own cards using just basic supplies...

And...

Click here to make a Beaded Charm Card...

Go to this Beaded Charm Card to make your own cards that don't require laser lace charms but look similar to the ones on this page...

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