Elegant Card Trio

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

Creating elegant and beautiful cards is a snap! Adding handmade paper is like icing on the cupcake. These three cards went together so quickly – as in less than 5 minutes each, and are sure to be a hit with the recipients. They would be wonderful in any color scheme. I chose to save some time and used purchased cardstock in a soft warm cinnamon color for the card bases and die cuts.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window or traditional oven
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of ivory paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Tiny pieces of dried flower petals, spices or grasses
  • Dies:  Quiet Fire words “Believe”, “Thanks and “Hello”
    Impression Obsession: DIE253-U
    Tonic Studios US: 77 E Butterfly Sprig & 76 E Dragonfly Brooch
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • 2 pieces of 8 ½ x 11 cinnamon card stock
  • Envelopes to fit cards
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scor-Pal™ (LOVE the new 1/8th version!)
  • Beacon  ZipDry™ adhesive, Double side foam tape or dots


  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the ivory scraps.
  2. Create one or more sheets of heavy weight ivory handmade paper.
  3. When the sheets of paper are dry, tear them into 4 equal pieces. You want ragged edges. Save the 4thpiece for another project.
  4. Cut, score and fold the sheets of purchased card stock to create three 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card cards.
  5. Die cut the words, both dragonflies and the butterfly from the other half sheet of purchased card stock.
  6. Attach the torn pieces of ivory handmade paper to the front of the card with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  7. Attach the words and “critters” to the handmade paper with tiny slivers of foam tape.


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