How to Make Sorry Cards

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How to Make Sorry Cards
Make special sorry cards to express your regret. (sorry image by Aleksandr Lobanov from

Handmade cards express personalised sentiments better than any commercially available cards ever could. The time and effort that goes into a homemade card can make it even more special for the recipient. This is especially true for sorry cards. Mistakes happen; anyone can say 'I'm sorry' with a card from the card store, but making one by hand shows a deeper level of contrition. You don't have to be an expert crafter to make sorry cards, there are materials and techniques available at most craft stores to help even a novice create a special card design.

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Things you need

  • Rubber stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Slow drying ink pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Loose paper
  • Heat gut
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Découpage glue
  • Paint sponge

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    Select a rubber stamp that expresses the apologetic sentiment you would like to convey on your sorry card. It may be necessary to purchase multiple word or letter stamps to create your message. An alternative is to select an image stamp that you know the recipient will enjoy, and then write the sorry message inside the card.

  2. 2

    Fold a sheet of cardstock in half. The outside of the card will have the fold on top or on the side, whichever you prefer. Place the card so that the outside front is facing up.

  3. 3

    Press the rubber stamp onto the slow drying ink pad. Press the stamp onto the front of the card. Sprinkle embossing powder over the ink. Tilt the card to dislodge the excess powder. You can save the excess powder if you tilt the card over loose paper.

  4. 4

    Heat the powder on the card with a heat gun. Move the heat gun back and forth until the powder becomes raised and glossy.

  5. 5

    Write a personal sorry message on the inside of the cardstock.

  1. 1

    Cut out words and images to express your sorry sentiment from the glossy pages of magazines.

  2. 2

    Fold a sheet of cardstock in half. Arrange the words and images on the face of the card. Remove the arrangement in order.

  3. 3

    Cover a small segment of the cardstock with a thin layer of découpage glue using a paint sponge. Press the paper magazine cutouts on top of the glue. Smooth the glue over the paper with a paint sponge.

  4. 4

    Cover the face of the card with the découpage glue and the magazine cutouts, one small section at a time. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Write the sorry message inside the card.

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