Kanban Card Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Kanban is a British card and paper supplier based in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Acid and lignin free papers and cardstock allow crafters to create and design handmade invitations and greeting cards. Adhesives and "toppers," cut out designs, let scrapbookers add layered effects to cards and stationery for personal flair.

Solid Cards

Create a Kanban card that showcases a design and texture on stock paper. Keep the card simple and powerful. Choose a dynamic design with a pattern, an ivy trim, a paisley print or floral illustration. Print the design on a thick stock card style paper, about ¼ inch thick. For a wedding or other information, print the event information directly on the card. Blend the text into the design. For instance, if the top flower trim has a few tendrils dipping into the card space, let a few leaves brush against the top of the first letters or date of the event. The card, because it’s thick and sturdy, leaves a lasting impression on the recipient and will not bend in the mail.

Scrapbook Cards

Design a card that acts as both a greeting or invitation and a working scrapbook. Kanban creates scrapbooking tools, accessories and toppers—foil-backed cut-outs—for designing scrapbooks. Choose a paper stock and design that works as a solid or fanciful background for the scrapbook card. Select a few toppers, labels and trims that will accentuate what you add to card. Pick photographs, clippings from books or magazines, and any other sentimental objects you can adhere to the paper. Title the card with a name the recipient can identify like “Our Year Back Home" or "At the Beach.” Consider choosing a card type that folds out lengthwise so it can rest on a dresser or mantel.

Fold Out Card

Craft a card that folds out to display photographs. Create a five- or six-panel card so both the front and the backs of the paper area can hold photographs. Choose a thicker paper, a stock around ¼ inch thick. Select a design that will highlight the photos but not detract from them. For example, a striped Kanban craft paper or a solid coloured print with a gem or jewel detail in each corner will work well. Adhere the photographs on the front or back of the card. Design an envelope large enough and thick enough to hold the card and one that hints at the cards’ contents. For instance, add an element of the design inside—like a flower or starfish—to the outside of the card to invite in the reader.

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Noelle Carver has been a freelance writer since 2009, with work published in "SSYK" and "The Wolf," two U.K. literary journals. Carver holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from American University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.