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The Art of Saying Thanks: Create Your Own Cut Paper Greeting Card

teacher avatar Caroline Boyk, A World of Cut Paper!

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project Assignment

    • 3. Tools

    • 4. Concepting

    • 5. Creating a Mock Up

    • 6. Drawing

    • 7. Cutting the Final Card Pt 1

    • 8. Cutting the Final Card Pt 2

    • 9. Assembling the Final Card

    • 10. Creating an Envelope

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Join illustrator and cut paper artist Caroline Boyk for a 45 minute class on creating your own unique cut paper greeting cards. This product is perfect to sell in online stores and to give to friends and family for special events.

Key Lessons:

  • Tools needed 
  • Creating a drawing
  • Cutting techniques
  • Creating an envelope
  • Final presentation

This class will be especially useful for experienced and amatuer creators alike. Get started on a new product for your online shop, or as a special gift for friends and family! Take this technique and make it your own!

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Caroline Boyk

A World of Cut Paper!


Nature inspires me. I have a soft spot for weird, cuddly, and adorable animals.

I was the kind of kid who constantly needed to be kept busy, so my mom would keep me busy with art projects. My favorite were cut paper projects. When I was five, my mom took me to see The Lion King. It pretty much changed my life, I went home and told her "I want to draw that." She taught me how to see and draw shapes. From that point on, I was mesmerized by drawing animals and it became a way of life.

After graduating from high school, I went to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and graduated in May 2011. I majored in illustration, and took selective coursework in visual development. My education enabled me to explore my creativity and encouraged me to explore new media and... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Carolyn, Boychik. I'm an illustrator who is best known for my cut paper illustrations. Some of you may know me from my previous skill share coarse paper cuts. Create your own Cup people illustration. I'm so excited to be back into using my second chorus, The artist saying Thanks create your own cup paper greeting card. I started making these greeting cards as a way to say Congratulations. Thank you. I'm excited for you. To my friends and family. I give them for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, pretty much anything that you would go and buy a greeting card for. It really does make your friends and family feel special when you're able. Teoh put time and effort into something instead of going out, just giving them something store bought throughout this course. I'm gonna be giving you the tools you'll need to be able to make one of these cards through this course. I'll go over everything you need to. In order to create your own cup paper greeting card, I'll cover the tools that you'll need the drawing, creating um, aka the Cutting the Final Assembly and finally, how to create an envelope for your card. This will provide you the base that you need to create your own cut paper greeting cards in the future. I'm really excited about this course and I can't wait to get started. See in the next video. 2. Project Assignment: Hi. Thanks so much for taking my skill share. Course I'm really excited you're here, so let's just get started. Your assignment is gonna be to create your own cup paper greeting card. I'm gonna be creating one specifically for a wedding in this course. So if you don't have anything specific in mind, you should probably follow along and do something similar. It's a great way to get your feet wet and take these simple steps to create your own cup paper greeting cards in the future. I'll see in the next video. 3. Tools: Hi, guys. Welcome to your first project video and this one. I'm gonna be quickly discussing the tools that you'll need. As faras tools go, it's a relatively simple project. So you're going to need a cutting board to make sure that you don't ruin your table surface . And I have a handful of pieces of just plain computer paper. You really don't want anything fancy for this, But we're going to use this for your mock up. You're gonna be using nicer paper, which I picked up it. Michaels and I recommend you can do the same. They have a lot of colors, and you're just gonna want to make sure that it's acid free. And I also have my quick, dry glue again, this is acid free. You're also going to need your ruler a pair of scissors in an exacto blade. You'll also need just a regular piece of paper to create your drawing. You can easily do this at FedEx um, or Staples. It only costs a couple of pennies to make a black and white photocopy. All right, so that's it for tools. I'll see you in the next video, which is concept ing 4. Concepting: Hi. Welcome to the concept in video. I'm gonna do a quick touch base and show you how I concept things. I'd like to gather a lot of images for inspiration. And these boards allow me Teoh pull images and gather them all in one place of flowers. I liked of lines I liked of illustrations and other drawings and anything that I found inspiring specifically for this project. I'd really encourage you to do the same because the great way to get the ball rolling this way, you might think of things that you didn't necessarily think of before. So go ahead and pull some images, gather them together. If you want to do it physically, you can gather them all together and take a picture. But make sure you post them in the product description. I'd really love to see what inspired you guys and how the ball got rolling for you. It shouldn't take too long. And it's just a nice exercise to get the creative juices flowing. So I look forward to seeing your concept boards and I will see you in the next video, which is creating a mock up 5. Creating a Mock Up: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm gonna show you how to make a mock up. So what you're gonna need is your plane. Computer paper. Don't use your nice paper yet. A ruler says there is maybe or exactly some glue and a pencil. So the size card that I'm gonna be making is a five by seven. So I'm gonna start by literally measuring out a five by seven card. So five inches wide and seven inches talk and the way I d This was not the most scientific way in the world. So if you feel inclined to put in exact measurements, that's totally fine. I find that I tend to do better when I don't do that. I'm an artist, not a match person. Some people are lucky enough to have a mind for numbers. So then you're just gonna go ahead and cut this out and this is going to be the top page for when you open your guard. You're gonna add a flap here in the back. So from here, we're going, Teoh, make the front flap. So go ahead and line it up. And then on this left side, just scooted over about It's 1/4 of an inch, but you can always do a little bit more. There's really nothing wrong with that. Make sure street draw a dotted line against the left side and then trace the other spots. So you're left with a piece that looks like this, and then you can cut out the power lines. Don't cut along the dotted line. Let your ruler against the dotted line and full this piece up layer front. Cover on this overlap piece and just fold it over and just make sure that's well so you can see that it's going toe open like your card. Keep this guy and just set him aside for a couple minutes. Now we're going to make the back. They're gonna kind of do the same thing where we're going to line it up against the edge of your paper and move it over about 1/4 of an inch and draw the line against his edge. Draw a dotted line against the top and against the right side. And then from there, just move it over another quarter of an inch to the right. So you're not gonna be able to see the dotted line, you can move your piece down toe, see where that starts, and then this seems good for May. So I was gonna market move my piece up to the top and draw a straight line. I'm gonna do the same thing for the very top so I can see my daughter Linus here, and I'm going to draw a straight line. That's about 1/4 of an inch above the dotted line so you can see how that looks and you're gonna cut against the solid line, hold against the dotted lines again. And before you fold this top part, we're going to go ahead and just make a quick little cut in the corner and just cut that corner out like that. So, you know, have the separate peace so they can fold separately of each other top. So now you're gonna have something. Looks like this, and you're gonna take your original top. That is just the five by seven and lay it on top. Make sure that's what all and you can see how it's going to end up making kind of an envelope. Your card's gonna go rate in there. All right, so now I have my three pieces, the top, the bottom in the middle. The top is the one with the cold. The middle is the plane five by seven. And the bottom is the moment that three folds in it and just lay them over each other and just make sure that they line up correctly, press it down and make sure there's not any hanging edges I can see in mind. The top is gonna have a little bit that I'm gonna trim off, which is fine. I can trim that pretty easily. It's not gonna affect anything. But you want to make sure your sides I know, because if they don't, you can't trim it later. So you want to go back and maybe re cut this middle piece and just, like give it a little bit extra on the side and again taking this 12 and just slipping it right under impressing it down and making sure it covers all the way. It isn't any issue. If it doesn't cover all the way, go back. And maybe instead of folding right on the line that you did, you just scoot the fold over a little bit closer to the end of the flat. So if I was having an issue, I would maybe fold it right here instead of right here. So my measurements look pretty good. And this is basically what your card is going to look like. So don't glue these three pieces together because you're gonna use them on your nice paper as a template, and you want to be ableto have them loose and be able to lay them flat. So that is the basics of making a template. Now you're not gonna need Teoh Upload this one for the project. But if you haven't uploaded thing else, I really recommend you do that. Now, if you have any questions or anything like that, please post them in the topics I would love Teoh, answer any issues or questions that you guys have. All right, let's move on to the next video 6. Drawing: Hi, guys. In this video, we're gonna cover the drawing. So you're gonna end up with two drawings, and I put together my mock up just to show you how it's all going to work together. I don't necessarily recommend you work this way, but I do recommend that you draw directly onto your mock up so you know exactly how it's going to lay. So even though your mock ups in separate pieces, you can still take the cover and draw the cover on it because you know where it's going to fold and where you're drawing is going to sit, especially in relation. Teoh the middle piece, which, as you can see this is the cover and you open it and there's the middle piece and this is going to be cut out. And in the folder you're going to put your card and on your cover drawing, you're going to make it larger than your middle drawing so that it frames nicely and it's OK if you have pieces like in here that are still overlapped by the front is still going to look nice. Still be really pretty. Don't get anything to ornate or overly decorative on, You can see I did a couple of little pieces, Um, in here, where I'm going to cut the outline, and I'm just gonna have that piece kind of pop up a little. I'm not going to cut that whole piece out, but I am going to cut little pieces out like this on your front cover again work so that you are a little bit larger almost to the adage. But keep in mind, you don't want to make your paper two weeks, so don't cut, like, all the way down to here. Give it, like a good probably 3/4 of an inch. Little pieces like this aren't gonna affect it too much if these big pieces that you're gonna be missing out on I also included the date which I am just going to connect at the top. So the numbers are going to kind of hang down like the leaves and the flowers I have. If it's easier for you to think about what you're going to cut, you are welcome to draw in these areas, which I did in some places. And you can even mark them in with a pencil so that you remember in this flower, I'm gonna cut out the center. So I'm just going to great out and then that your second drawing is going to be your middle piece, which I put the couple's initial, and it's going to be a little bit smaller, but this is it. My drawing, which has a couple of elements that are matched back to the front. Um, keep in mind that if you go too close to the edge and you cut out pieces like over here, they are going Teoh, show this fold that you have, um, on the back piece. So you just want to keep that in mind when you do that, and I'm gonna end up correcting this and making it a little bit smaller, and you can see what I was talking about about the front cover. These guys, this area I'm going to cut out so that this piece will pop up a little and kind of give a little bit of dimension. We're gonna take these two drawings and really finalize them and think about them and give them solid, dark lines. And then you're going to make a photocopy of each, make sure it's a really clear photocopy to scale. Don't shrink it. Don't enlarge it. Just make sure it's exactly that. And you can see every line. Clearly. Um, go ahead and post your drawings in the project section. I'd love to see your progress. If you have questions, as always, please post them in the project Discussions. I would love to get back to you and clear up anything that you need. So I look forward to seeing your progress, and I will see you in the next video. 7. Cutting the Final Card Pt 1: Hi, guys. Welcome back in this video I'm gonna show you how to cut the pieces of your card. So what you need is at least two pieces of your nice car stock. As you can see, hopefully mine has a nice texture. And again, I'm just using white. So I am just gonna send it down the way that you want the paper to go with the texture. So my texture is going this way, which is what I want. I need your mock up. So I have my front cover the middle on the back cover, and I have photocopies of my drawing. So there's the middle and here's the front. We're going to start by taking the front cover in the middle piece. So you're going to start by taking your cars back, flipping it over to the back. You don't want to draw on the front just because it tends to be hard to get rid of nasty pencil marks. So I'm gonna take the cover with the cold, lay it flat, really gently trace the edges and just make a light mark where my fold is going to be at the top so you can see the teeny tiny mark that I made to show where the gold is going to be. And I'm going to take my ruler, draw really like dotted line before I cut it. I'm just going to take my five by seven and make sure fits in here, which it does, which is good, right against this line that you made for your front cover, you're going to take your metal piece. Just lay it down next to it, gently traces so you can see just have a very light like drawing. So you gonna take your ruler and just press it down against your lines. Make sure it straight. Take your Exacto knife and just drag it straight for us. And then through the middle of the two pieces, separate the top in middle and the edge of the mouth. Okay, so now you have this nice card stock version of your top and middle piece. You could just put those aside for right now and grab your second piece of nice paper again . Make sure it matches the same direction of the texture. Turn up to the back, take your back piece and just late, flat and trace along the top inside, and if you trace the corners that were cut out, you can easily see where you want to fold. So you can see how I traced around the corners in the bottom. And you're just going to line up the corner shirt super straight and just put the corner out and I cut the rest of your paper. So again you'll be left with a piece of looks just like this. You're gonna flip it over in. Line your ruler up with the edge of your corner. Cut. Just gently score the edge with your Exacto. Do not cut all the way through it. Just gentleman absolutely folds pretty easily. Just fold it over. You can drag your ruler across the edge to make it to be the same along the bottom and decide and then take your front cover and do the same thing. Just score and fold on your daughter line. He's kind of them all together and make sure that they work in this case. Likely, they dio 8. Cutting the Final Card Pt 2: take your back peace and put aside, you'll need your front flat and the middle piece. This is where you two photocopies come in handy. So I'm going to cut them out of this large piece of paper almost as close to the designs I could get. This does not have to be clean or pretty or nice, so you can see pretty messily cut out, which is fine. Same for the inside piece. So now I'm gonna start with the end of the middle piece. So you're gonna take your five by seven metal piece with the no flaps on it, designed with the texture face up and just lay your design right down. I actually recommend taking a tiny sliver of tea like literally tiny lining up your design , how you want it and how you direct. I'm just taping it very gently to the nice sheet of paper so that you don't get movement when you're cutting and for this and going to do it for the top and bottom and take your Exacto and just start cutting this middle part that you have drawn. Remember to cut away from yourself you don't want accidentally slipped and cut your finger . So just follow your drawing. Follow the lines. Pretty simple. Pretty easy to dio first things that are a little more complicated, like areas in here that I was explaining earlier with e outline that I'm cutting out. You're just going Teoh taper the edges in so that they meet and you have the piece that you actually can remove, so I believe you can see underneath. Now I have this piece that I can lift up, make it a little more three dimensional. So just go ahead and cut out the rest of your card. Do the middle sheet on the cover. If you have questions, please feel free to post them in the discussion page. And once you're finished, please post them in the project section. I would love to see your progress. I'm really excited to see what you guys are coming up with. So I'm gonna finish cutting you guys should to and I will see you in the next video which is putting it all together 9. Assembling the Final Card: Hey, guys. Okay, so in this video, I'm gonna show you how to put your card together. So as you can see, I have cut out both of my pieces. So first, you're going to take your third folded piece, which should not be. Cut your glue and just put and just put a dab in the corners where it's going to fold over and then just fold this down and full set down and just hold them until they stick on their own. Now, you're gonna put a decent amount of glue on the edges, and you're gonna take your middle piece and line it up at the bottom. Your corners tow line up. You just press down, just pick it up and make sure everything looks pretty good. I like I said in my mock up the top overlaps a little. So what? I'm gonna dio just take my ruler. Just laid across the very, very top Just about the overlap sticks out and just trim that right off. It was like everything just sits nice and even make sure straight and now is perfect. So my first layer is done, and like I said, your car, it's gonna go right inside there and you're gonna take your top cover. Just pull this and then on the back side, glue the flat and just slide it right under and lined it up. Make sure if it's and just press down, and now you can see how there's two separate layers and they all kind of sit together. So you're gonna be able to see the card from It's very, very front. And I can sit on display just like this so you can still see both players and it looks pretty and presentable. So in the meantime, just go ahead and grab a book for something heavy and just place it right on tops about it , set nicely and just go ahead and let let that sit for a couple hours. So I take this off my cutting board and just put it somewhere else so that it can set. So the last piece that you're gonna need is a card to go inside, and if you plan to make that yourself you can use It's a trap from your nice paper sheet, and they never gonna work on the side with no texture. So because your actual card is five by seven. What you're gonna want to dio is the about 1/4 of an Angelus. So you're probably gonna want to be a little under four and 1/4 inches and then a little under six and 1/4 inches, So just go ahead and drop that out. And then once you have back, just cut it nice and street. So now you have a card that you can either painting illustration. You can put a photo of the couple, or you can just write a nice hand written letter. So just to make sure that you're just gonna take your card and slip it rated and it should slide right? And just like that, and it should come out just like that Super easy works. Well, looks good. So I'm gonna go ahead and fill out my card. In the meantime, I would love to see your put together card. You compose those pictures rate in your projects. If you have questions, as always, please post them. Don't be afraid to ask, Really excited to see what you guys are working on. And the next video I'll show you my finish card and I'll show you how to make an envelope for this. See that 10. Creating an Envelope: Hey, guys, welcome to the last instructional video in this video. I'm gonna show you how to make the envelope for your card so your card should be already cut by now and look similar to this. And now we're gonna make a pretty envelope so that you can deliver it to the recipient. So you're just gonna need your ruler, your pencil, your exacto and your blue, and we're gonna start with your pencil. So keeping in mind that your card is approximately five by seven, you'll need it to sheets of nice paper to make the so said the second paper aside for right now And take your ruler. You're going to make the envelope about eight inches wide by 10 and 1/4 and just high just gonna gently draw a box, make sure it's nice and street. So, as you can see, just a pretty basic box just gonna cut along those lines now and now you have this nice rectangle gonna go ahead and put that aside and put your scripts aside as well. And you take your second next paper and flip it over to the back and you're going to make the front of your envelope, which is going to be a about seven and 1/4 inches wide and then five inches high and again , you're just gonna go ahead and make that nice, fine. So again, just a little rectangle. Now I want to go ahead and cut those out. I'm left with this nice rectangle. So when I put my scraps aside not gonna take the two rectangles you just cut place one down , place a smaller one on top of it. You're gonna just lay on top, leave about 1/4 of an inch on each side. You very, very lately. Draw a line and then remove this top piece. So from the width of this entire piece, I am going to measure about halfway, which is right here just going. Teoh, put my ruler down right on that mark, and just make a teeny tiny mark up at the top and erase my original one from here. I am going, Teoh cut from this mark. Great. Here, all the way down to this corner right here. So it's gonna make a nice angle like that. Like the top of an envelope would the corner you're just going to cut into it, which won't cut this whole piece off. But that's what we're looking for. You're gonna be left with something like this where it's kind of just hanging off, which is fine. And we'll leave it for now. And then you're gonna do the same thing on this side. So now you're left with this kind of shape and across the line where you drew your top piece, you're just going Teoh Lee ruler across that line and then cut these blasts off. And now you have this kind of shape going, Teoh, just let your ruler down where you measured your card out and cut the bottom corners out. This way, you can make a nice, easy fold. So now this part is pretty much done with cutting. You're gonna be left with corners just like this and again later, ruler down on your pencil, mark, and just gently score. You don't want to cut through it. Just gently drag your blade along said it holds a little bit easier and nicely Nicer. Go ahead and press that down Score Oh, and then score. Unfolding it. Thanks. And now for this top piece where you drew your lines. You're just gonna wanna in jump a hair like a tiny, tiny bit fear Ruler Street gently sore and then folded the top down. Today we're gonna be left with kind of a weird shape, um, starting to look like an envelope, though. So now you're gonna make sure you bring in your top piece and you're going to just make a dab of glue in the corner like you did before for the card since, but looking pretty good now. So next you're just going Teoh, gently line the envelope. Folds of glue. Hopefully, you can see how I just lined them and take the top of your envelope. Line it up and you're just gonna hold it there for a couple of seconds until the glue holds and we'll stick on its own. The envelope's kind of fun, and you can really get creative with it. If you find really pretty pattern paper that you like, feel pretty used, that there really no rules here? I personally just wanted to keep this all white and pretty and clean. But like I said, there are no rules. So feel free to use whatever kind of paper you want it doesn't have to match. It can be completely up to your imagination. So here is the final envelope. It's awfully together, and it should work perfectly for the card. And as you can see, you should be careful of your little cuts, but it fits great in closes up nicely. All you might want to do is add a little bit of glue to the front if you're ready to hand it over to whoever the recipient ISS. So you just add a little touch of glue to this edge. Really be careful. Don't use too much because you don't want it to seep into the card and get on top of it, and you conceal it on Address it and it's ready to go, so you should have a totally complete card in envelope for your friends and family. I'm really excited to see your final product, and I hope that you upload the process of your project. If you forget a step, that's totally fine. I would just really love to see your final product if that's what you ended up making, Um, if you decide not to do an envelope, that's fine, too. I would love to see your cards. I'd love to see any drawings you have. And as always, if you have questions, please, please, please feel free to post them in the discussion section. I'd love to talk about things. I'd love to clear up anything that I can. So just go ahead and post your pictures and any questions that you might have, and I'll be happy to get back to you guys. 11. Final Thoughts: Hi, guys. I want to say thank you so much for taking my skill share. Course, it really means the world to Maine. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with. So please post your projects in the project section. You can take a much time as you need to complete this project. But if you could update with progress shots or anything like that, I would be more than happy to weigh in and take a look. If you have questions or need any clarification, as always, please post in the project discussion. I would love to clear anything up. So again, thank you so much for taking my class. I really appreciate it, and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.