How to Make Collage Greeting Card Designs

Create two, simple collage greeting cards using decorative paper and rubber stamps.


Materials and Tools:

card stock
white, red, blue, purple paper
cloth measuring tape
postage stamps
photo corners
wrapping paper
hand drawn paper
rubber stamps (leaf, star, moon)
ink pads (red, brown, gold, silver)
fine tip marking pen (gold and black)
autumn leaf, pressed in a book
A-7 envelope
craft adhesive roller
spray adhesive
bone folder


Leaf Card

  1. Cut a 10" x 7" piece of card stock for the background. Score down the center using a bone folder and ruler and fold so the card measures 5" x 7".
  2. Cut a piece of wrapping paper (green background with red leaf design) 1/4 inch smaller than the front of the card. Apply adhesive to the back edges using craft roller adhesive and press the wrapping paper onto the front of the card. 
  3. Cut a piece of white paper 1/4 inch smaller than the wrapping paper. Apply red ink from a stamp pad to the edges. Draw a line around the inside edges with a gold pen. Attach photo corners to the corners of this paper.
  4. Stamp a piece of white paper with brown leaves and red circles.
  5. Tear a 2-inch wide strip from the stamped paper.
  6. Tear a strip of red paper and draw gold lines through the center.
  7. Affix the red strip onto the stamped strip of paper and glue the bottom strip to the red-edged white paper.
  8. Apply adhesive to the back of the red-edged white paper and glue it on top of the wrapping paper.
  9. Glue a postage stamp on top of the leaf-stamped strip. Glue this strip horizontally onto the center of the red-edged white paper.
  10. Spray the back of a pressed autumn leaf with adhesive. Glue it vertically onto the front of the card.

House Card

  1. Cut a 10" x 7" piece of card stock for the background. Score down the center using a bone folder and ruler and fold so the card measures 5" x 7".
  2. Cut a piece of blue paper 1/4 inch smaller than the front of the card. Stamp the blue paper with gold and silver stars and moons.
  3. Tear a piece of purple paper the width of the stamped blue paper and 1/3 of the length of the stamped blue paper. Glue it across the bottom of the blue stamped paper. Line the edges using a black marking pen. Add photo corners to the stamped paper.
  4. Cut a cloth measuring tape in strips to form the house.
  5. Cut hand drawn paper in a triangle for the roof.
  6. Use additional hand drawn paper for the chimney and black and white paper for the window.
  7. Assemble the house onto the greeting card by adhering the measuring tape pieces vertically, the roof on top of the measuring tape pieces and the window glued to one side of the house.

Don Madvig, Bloomington, Ind.

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