by Designing Moms “Make” contributors Betsy, Pam and Amy
Although an adult has to do most of the cutting, this is definitely a kid-friendly project. As long as they’re past that must-put-everything-I-see-in-mouth phase, they’ll have a great time gathering, sorting and bagging the treasures. And by watching and assisting an adult, they’ll learn a lot about the various tools, techniques and terms associated with crafting. My kids were totally captivated, watching me demonstrate, and they couldn’t wait to see their selected treasures showcased in the finished product. Now they keep asking me to please, please, please help them make more treasure cards! We’ve made cards for their friends, their teachers, their grandparents, and even for them to keep in their rooms.
We might not be able to make enough cards to deplete our entire beads-and-all-things-tiny inventory, but creating these cards is keeping us crafting without spending money… and bringing lots of smiles to lots of faces.
Instructions follow below. Let us know if you try it!
february 13 creative
- folded greeting card with treasure window
- designed using materials found in your home
- inspired by all things tiny
- recycling and repurposing
- all things tiny: treasures and things (see suggestions below)
- 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock or larger (extra-sturdy could work as well)
- X-acto knife
- crystal clear bags/sleeves (recycled from embellishment packaging, greeting card protectors, paper protectors etc.)
- Sharpie marker
- double-stick tape
1. Gather tiny treasures into themed collections (color-coordinated collections get extra-designery credit!).
5. Place your clear plastic bag over the cut out window. If your plastic bag needs to be cleaned, now is the time to use a soft sponge and a bit of warm soapy water to do so. Dry it off with a dish towel. Then use a Sharpie marker to mark the bag about 1/4″ beyond the cutout window. Trim the bag to the size indicated by the Sharpie marker. Then tape up three sides of the bag leaving one side open to fill with your gathered treasures. When taping, use the narrowest pieces of tape possible so the tape does not show through final window (cutting standard-width tape in half lengthwise works just fine).
8. You’ve just completed your first treasure card! If you’d like to write a greeting inside and you don’t want it to be seen through the window, be sure to write on the bottom third of the inside of the card.
possible card themes
- new year
- new baby
- 4th of July
- mother’s/father’s day
- grandparent’s day
- thinking of you
- get well
- bon voyage
- paper and foam stickers
- leaves or flowers, silk or dried
- large glitter
- die-cut decorations
- alphabet stickers,
- pipe cleaners
- fabric swatches
- faux jewels
- specialty papers
- sea glass
- children’s drawings or doodles
tips and suggestions
- using two-sided objects work very well, as the window is see-through from both the outside and the inside of the card
- including extra small, small, medium, large and extra large elements produces great results… contrast!
- You can lightly adhere some items to the inside back panel of the plastic bag if you like, using the self-adhesive (like on stickers) or a tiny piece of double-stick tape. You’ll definitely want to leave most items free-floating, however, as that’s part of the fun of the finished card.
- This finished card size fits in a 3 5/8” x 5 1/8” envelope, which you can find at most stationery stores if you don’t have one on hand.
- If you want to mail your card and it contains some bulkier treasures, you might want to protect it inside the envelope by including a piece of cardboard.
- Once you’ve got the hang of it, experiment with other card sizes and window shapes.