I received so many comments and questions on how I made this wedding card keepsake that I decided to make a quick post on it! Though it can take some time to put together, I love seeing mine on the wall each day rather than the cards continuing to collect dust in a closet.
Materials You’ll Need:
- A Frame (choose your size, color whatever ya want!)
- An acid free mat, I think this frames the card clippings nicely but it’s not a requirement.
- Some sort of cardstock or mat to glue your clippings to (my picture frame did not come with one)
- Something to cut whatever shape you’re looking for. I utilized my Cricut and will be showing that method, but you could easily get a heart-shaped puncher etc.
- Cards! (wedding, birthday, baby shower etc.)
Step 1: Decide how many cards you want to include. This may also inform the size frame you need. I had space of 8inx10in to work with and managed to fit around 55, 1 inch hexagons. Again, this is entirely dependent on your preference for what shape you want and how large you want the clippings.
Step 2: Decide what pieces of each card you want to be on your frame. I found it easiest to pick which area of the card I wanted and quickly cut that area out with scissors. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just enough to give you a ball park idea of what section your Cricut will cut. If you’re using a puncher, you can likely skip this step.
Step 3: Lay your cut pieces in a spot on your cutting mat. In the below image, you can see that I’m trying to have the heart from my one card and the flowers from my other.
Step 4: Align your shape to cut where your card portions are placed. While this may seem tedious, I found it nice to have several cards being cut on my mat at once. The below screenshot will also give you a good idea of the size of my Cricut shape.
Step 5: Let it cut! Make sure that your mat is sticky enough to grip the card pieces. If not, the pieces will shimmy around and cut improperly. I also set my material to be cardstock, as I found the Cricut cut the cards best with that setting.
Step 6: Start laying out your shapes and deciding where you want them to go. I didn’t glue a single thing down until I was sure I liked the overall layout.
Step 7: Once you like your layout, start gluing or taping your shapes down to your cardstock. I would recommend using a scrapbooking double sided tape or an acid free glue so that you know it won’t damage your card clippings in the long run. At this point, I had not glued my frame to the mat. I used the frame as a guide to keep things level, but left the actual gluing for once my layout was finalized.
Step 8: Glue your mat to your frame [if applicable]
Step 9: Add any other embellishments you might want! You could add your wedding date, last name, or any extra card clippings. I decided to keep it simple and just add this little ‘congrats’ banner in the upper left corner. For inspiration, below are a few other pieces I debated on using from cards 🙂
Step 10: Put that beauty in the frame and hang it up proudly!