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Grab attention with your cards by using simple shapes and layers to create the focal point
No need to worry about finding the perfect patterned paper to create a backdrop for a card that will grab attention. By putting together some simple shapes and layers you will end up with a card that pops.

Posted by Peg R. from Moline, Illinois, United States • Published See Peg R.'s 46 projects »
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  • Step 1

    There are times when we just can't find that perfect piece of cardstock or don't have a large enough piece to use as the background for a card, but what do we do? We still need to make a card.

    That's easy, but often does not occur to us. Simply use what pieces we do have and some simple shapes and found objects to create the focal point for it.

  • How to make a papercraft. Card Focal Points:  Shapes And Layering - Step 2
    Step 2

    Begin by creating the card base. This one is a %" x 7" base made from kraft cardstock.

  • How to make a papercraft. Card Focal Points:  Shapes And Layering - Step 3
    Step 3

    Choose a shape to be the larger object on your card. In this case, it's a tree for the holidays made from a piece of cardstock that has been cut to measure 5" tall and 3" wide at the base. You can use a ruler to measure this out and make the job of cutting it easier.

    Also, cut a tree trunk if you are making a tree from brown cardstock.

  • How to make a papercraft. Card Focal Points:  Shapes And Layering - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add some more interest by using a border punch and a strip of paper that has been punched to place behind the large focal piece. This strip measures 1 1/4" x 5".

  • How to make a papercraft. Card Focal Points:  Shapes And Layering - Step 5
    Step 5

    Punch other shapes such as circles to add as embellishments. Use a mix of solid colored papers and patterned paper to create an eye catching look that still allows you to use that favorite piece of patterned paper you wanted to add to the card.

  • How to make a papercraft. Card Focal Points:  Shapes And Layering - Step 6
    Step 6

    Add another layer by punching out shapes that match your card's theme.

  • Step 7

    See how easy a card will take shape by using shapes and layers without having to worry about a background?

    Finish your card by following the instructions in the how-to entitled, " Card Focal Points: Shapes, Layering and Assembling."

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