More and more greeting cards are becoming miniature works of art. With embossed, foiled, engraved, laser-cut and other assorted beautiful embellishments, some cards just scream to be displayed. You can make an inexpensive card stand from heavy cardstock with minimal effort. Heavy cardstock can be purchased in prints, metallic or solid colours from craft, stationery, scrapbooking and discount stores in single sheets or in packages. A few simple folds will result in a non-obtrusive, sturdy stand to display your card.
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Things you need
- Heavy cardstock - 5-inches wide by 8 ½-inches long, 34kg-41kg.
- Pencil (optional)
Place the heavy cardstock rectangle onto a flat surface. Fold, horizontally, one 5-inch wide end up one inch. Crease the fold with your fingernail by pressing down and moving your nail across the fold. According to The Paper Mill Store, cover-weight paper from 27.2 to 34kg. will fold well without scoring. The most common cover weights range from 27.2kg. to 90.7kg.
Fold the heavy cardstock rectangle in half, aligning the unfolded 5-inch wide end with the creased fold of the other 5-inch wide end.
Stand the folded cardstock card stand on a flat surface. Your card stand will resemble a check mark in shape. Place the card into the “lip,” which is the folded 1-inch holder portion of the stand. Lean the back of the card against the slanted part of the stand.
Tips and warnings
- Make a fancy “lace-look” card stand, by dipping a paper doily into white school glue. Cover a folded piece of heavy cardstock (according to the previous directions) with cling film on the under side. Turn the cardstock holder upside down and fold the glue-saturated doily over the plastic wrap-covered cardstock stand. Allow the glue to dry and harden on the doily. Turn the doily stand over and display your greeting card. Bows, satin roses and other embellishments may be glued to cardstock card stands or to hardened doily card stands.
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