How to Make a Layered Greeting Card

Use basic letter-size card stock, some glue and a few other easy-to-find materials to create this delightful project.

As a little girl, I often felt inclined to give my mom a homemade greeting card. No special occasion was required. “I love you” moments just seemed to pop up often for me with her.  Cards are a great way to pass along a friendly thought or feeling without actually saying a word. With this project you and your little one can take your card designing skills up a notch, by adding layered cut-outs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Card template.
  • Card stock in a solid color of choice.
  • Decorative paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Ruler
  • School glue.
  • Thick double-stick tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Crayons, markers, or color pencils.

  1. Print the template on the cardstock. Use two sheets of cardstock if you’d like the background of your card to be a different color than white. You can print the cats on white, so their colors show up. Set your pieces aside.

  1. Decide what you’d like to put on your card. You can use the cats on the template sheet, or you can create your own. To make your own cut-outs, you can use printed paper, or draw them out and color them with crayons, markers, or color pencils. Just make sure the paper you use to create them on is sturdy cardstock so they’re able to withstand gluing and taping without losing too much of their stiffness.
  2. Draw and cut out your shapes and arrange them before applying any glue or tape to get a good idea of how you would like them positioned on your card.
  3. Glue the first layer (the background layer) down. Remember to use your glue sparingly to avoid any warping.
  4. Stack about three pieces of thick double-stick tape on top of each other. Use your creative judgment on how many pieces you’ll need to make the second layer of cutouts standout exactly how you want them to.
  5. Use your crayons, markers, or color pencils to draw in your final touches like “Happy Birthday” or “I Love You” and be sure to write your personal message inside.


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