How to Use Aperture Cards

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Aperture cards are commonly known as window cards. Aperture cards are typically used for crafts, art or gift-giving. These cards are useful for giving a homemade project or artwork as a gift, or for making a custom card for a special event. The cards are known for the window-like structure where a picture or item from the back of the card shows through to the front and is framed, like looking through a window.

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Things you need

  • Flat surface
  • Aperture cards
  • Glue or sticky tape
  • Small artwork or picture
  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Memorabilia

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    Making a Card for a Gift

  1. 1

    Clean a flat surface like a table or counter. Remove all dirt, dust and other items. This prevents getting the card from getting dirty while working.

  2. 2

    Set the card face down so that the side facing upward is the inside of the card. This is determined by the fold in the card. Fold the card along the middle line and then unfold the card and place it so that the inside is facing upward and the outside is on the table.

  3. 3

    Put glue or sticky tape along the edge of the hole in the card. Aperture cards have a hole, usually centred on the front half of the card when folded. Sticky tape is ideal because it does not squeeze out, but a glue works as well.

  4. 4

    Place the picture or small artwork onto the card. Center the picture so that it shows on the outside without any gaps. Press gently and firmly. If using glue wipe away any excess glue around the edges and then allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Give the card as a gift or greeting card. These personalised cards make excellent gifts or tokens to commemorate a special event.

    Memorabilia for a Card

  1. 1

    Fold card stock in half to create a card. Trace the outline of the memorabilia on the inside of the card stock. Memorabilia can consist of any item ranging from a ticket to a favourite concert to baseball cards. The tracing is on the side that will form the front of the card. Follow the traced outline and make a line inside of it that is slightly smaller than the first line. Erase the first line.

  2. 2

    Cut out the outline. Poke a small hole in the middle with the scissors or a pencil and work from the middle to the traced line. When scissors reach the traced line you can begin to cut out the shape of the memorabilia.

  3. 3

    Tape or glue the memorabilia inside the card so that it is facing front and shows through the frame of the card. The majority of the memorabilia item should show through the front with only the edges inside taped or glued.

  4. 4

    Write a message inside the card. A memorabilia card is given as a remembrance of a special event or date. This homemade aperture card is special, and a one-of-a kind gift.

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