Thursday, May 21, 2009

Card Making: One-Sheet Wonder

OSW -- One Sheet Wonder -- is one of my favorite techniques for making greeting cards. It's quick, easy, and inexpensive. I find it especially useful when I run out of ideas!

OSW uses a template to cut up a single sheet of stamped or patterned paper, which is used to make several greeting cards. It's easier to understand than to explain, so click through these links for printable templates and sketches:

stampin-pad.com (This is the easiest to understand and use, I think.)

Rainy Day Creations (Splitcoaststampers)

Splitcoaststampers forum

One year I made all of our Christmas cards using a template similar to that first one. With ten different card designs and a few different patterned papers, it was easy to make thirty or forty cards that were unique but similar.

I've also found the OSW technique to be good for making a set of cards to give as a gift. A set of four cards, all made with the same patterned paper and wrapped it up with a ribbon, makes a pretty gift.

This card was one of my first attempts, and not a particularly successful one. This one uses a square of pattern paper, cut diagonally.


4 comments :

  1. I have been trying to learn how to make homemade cards, but it is intimidating to me and seems so expensive to get what you need! Thank you for sharing this! I think it looks great!

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  2. Thank you Melissa for posting this great card making project. I followed your link and printed the information. You are right that it is easy to follow.

    I have begu working on this project and when I have completed it I will be posting it to my blog.

    Great post!

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  3. Wow!! I look at the template and my mind boggles. I am not sure why things like that intimidate me.

    Your cards turned out great!!

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