Sunday, March 1, 2009

Personalized Correspondence Cards

Thanks to all who took a guess about what might be in the box. There were some pretty clever suggestions! Yes - it is more custom stationery. I wanted to make a gift that was unique and obviously personalized for a certain individual (in other words - not just an initial), and, since I am so tired of winter, it had to be in spring colors!

I've made lots of A2 notecards but I thought I'd try something a bit larger - in fact, twice as large. I set up my Design Studio mat with an 8.5 x 5.5 rectangle (1/2 of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper). These are correspondence cards - not folded cards. I used circles to create a scalloped shape for the card.

After I had the basic card shape set up, I added letters. To have letters cut into the card without losing the centers of letters, you need to use a cartridge with a stencil font option. I looked through them quickly and found all of the following fonts that could work. Hello Kitty Font, Learning Curve, Don Juan, Alphalicious, Cursive 101, Doodletype, Making the Grade, Opposites Attract, Pooh Font, Printing 101, Printing Press, Zooballoo

There are a few more (such as Base Camp, Jasmine, Mini Monograms, Stamped & Tear Drop) which have some letters that will work but others that will not.

When you are setting up the letters to cut you will need to use the "hide contour" feature to make sure that only the letter itself will be cut. If there are detail or "webbing" lines (such as the directional instruction lines in the Printing 101 and Cursive 101 fonts) you will need to check weld to eliminate these lines from the cut.

It is also easier to use a letter with at least one other line in addition to the outline that can be hidden, otherwise, you will need to remember to rehide the outline contour each time you open the file (here is a LINK to the post where I explained this quirk in the software)

I made another box card folder to hold these correspondence cards. I needed to use two sheets of card stock due to the large size of the cards. I cut two pieces of cardstock t0 10 x 12 inches.

I used my Scor-Pal to score each piece at 1 and 1 1/2 inches on the 10 inch sides and at 1 inch on one of the 12 inch sides and 2 1/2 and 3 inches from the other 12 inch side.

After scoring and folding I cut away the corners to the inner score lines.

Then I rounded the corners as show above.

The box is assembled by connecting the two one inch spine sections. Then fold up the corners in the same way that I explained for the A2 folder (LINK to that post) and the 5 inch card folder (LINK to that post). Directions for adding the ribbon closures can also be found on those posts.

These are all of the cut out letters - I am thinking of adding one set of them to the box (similar to the monogram letters I did for the monogram cards I shared in January (here is a LINK to that post).

I used some pretty ribbon in a spring check pattern for the closure. I got this ribbon in a large spool of 50 yards at Costco (they often have nice ribbon at an unbeatable price, I paid $6.99 for this spool).

If you don't want to insert letters into the card, you can use the plain file and perhaps add some stamping or just use it to make simple A2 folded notecards.

These were cut from on sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. You can then score them at 4.25 iniches and fold carefully, making sure to perfectly align the scallops.

The patterned card stock I used for the test cuts is two sided and a nice weight so with one simple cut you have some stationery ready to use. Of course, you could add embellishments if you want to make these "fancier."

Above you can see the "leftover" piece from the 12 x 12 paper. You can trim a 2 1/2 inch strip from the side and leave a double frame that could be used for a layout.

If you didn't want to use it the frame for a layout (maybe you are more of a card maker than a scrapbooker), you can cut it apart and use the scallop strips as trim for cards as I have suggested before.

You can cut the strip to add a partial lining to your note card envelopes - measure your envelope to double check but I think the standard width is 5 and 5/8 inches. Adhere the strip to the top of the envelope just below the flap fold.

Scalloped Correspondence Card - George

Scalloped Correspondence Card - Plantin Schoolbook


  1. cool beans!! I was close!! Love these. Thanks for all your hard work!

  2. Oh I like what you made!! Still would like some magnets to spell out the carts I want for DH on the fridge, so I will have to hit the $ store and find some LOL

  3. This is wonderful thank you for sharing all you great designs.

  4. Thank you for such good directions and for sharing your talent with us not so talented people.

  5. Your talent and generosity are deeply appreciated...Thank you!


  6. Your box with the bow looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the scalloped card.

  7. Thank you for sharing your scalloped card!

  8. Oh my gosh Diane - I just love these cards. What a great personalized gift. Thank you soooooooo much for sharing your wonderful designs!

    Caroline (Doxieluv01 on Cricut MB)

  9. I love all your creative idea that you so generously share with the rest of the cricut crafting community. Thank you so much.
    Angie Person


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