Monday, April 4, 2011

Pinprick Greeting Cards

pinprick diy cards tutorial


I'm the type of person who must give the recipient the perfect greeting card. By perfect I mean I'll spend 45 minutes reading every card and trying to pick out the one with the right kind of humor, the right sentiments, the right conveying of emotion.  For me the card is the most exhausting part of the present-giving process.

Last week I was home packing up some birthday gifts to ship around the world and realized I didn't have cards for them. Feeling a bit tired, I balked at the idea of heading to Target to search for the most fantastic cards I could find...so, instead I decided to make my own.

I wanted something more elegant than simply writing "Happy Birthday" in sharpie marker so I decided to try the pinprick technique. What resulted was a card that surpassed my envision and became something I was proud to ship off.

diy pinprick art


I had some shimmery cardstock in the closet (I can't even remember buying this!) so I traced a card I had and cut out the cardstock.

pinprick homemade cards


Then, I went into my word document program and typed my greeting...and then spent some time finding the perfect font.  After printing it and cutting it out, I taped it backwards into the inside of the card.

how to make homemade cards


Now comes the fun part.  Get a piece of cardboard, lay your card down, and start pricking holes with a pin.

diy pinprick greeting cards


Once you're done, take the stencil off and admire your piece of art.

diy card pinprick


I experimented with using skinny and bold fonts. With the bolder fonts, I tried filling in the whole word with pricks (looked a little messy and I placed my pricks too close together) and outlining (works best with larger size fonts).

diy pinprick art

Have fun with this and get creative!  Use bolder fonts and outline the letters, pinprick a bunch of curly cues, or outline two birds on a branch.

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68 comments:

Heather said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to give this a try - I'm always sending cards!
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Have a blessed day!

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Misty said...

What an awesome, simple, yet personal idea. I love cards. My mom is always making incredible "scrapbooking" type cards. And while I love the cards, I just dont' have that kind of creativity, so I really like this idea.

Rebbie said...

I love that pearly paper. Very elegant but fun for us sensory types. It almost makes me wish I had another birthday coming up.

Mary said...

Wow this is such a great idea and very creative!!
Have a great day :)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very creative and so simple. Cheers

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Jen said...

Very cute idea!!

Jen said...

wow I really like this idea! Following you back, thanks for visiting!

Katrina @ They All Call Me Mom said...

I never would have thought of this! I swear, I am SO uncreative. I need to see things, copy them, in order to "create" anything. I will definitely use this technique the next time I need to make a card. My kids will love this idea, too! Thanks for sharing!

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Shore Girl said...

What a neat idea!

Its Sew For You said...

I love these! Such a great idea and such a clean classic look!

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I am your newest GFC follower and would love if you dropped by my blog at WV Stitcher when you get a chance. Have a great week.

sunghee said...

what a fabulous idea! LOVE LOVE the cards!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

Clever! Love how it turned out!

D said...

I love greeting cards, too, and have an unhealthy love for paper. Your cards are awesome - I love the idea of using different fonts and am looking forward to giving them a try. Thanks for sharing!

CarrieCav said...

following from blog hop....great idea...

Diane said...

I came by to visit from the hop. I am now your latest follower! This is so creative and it turned out gorgeous!

Katie said...

such a cute idea!

Its Sew For You said...

Thanks for sharing, I hope you stop by the party again!
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Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

what a fun idea! These turned out GREAT what a totally fun idea. I'm featuring them today on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's! Thanks for linking up!

Erin said...

These are adorable! You are so clever. Can't wait to make these!!! Thanks

Emily Elliott said...

Great idea! So, simple and clever. Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Beautiful cards. I love this technique! I am a new follower too!
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Daniela Bianchi said...

amazing! I'll try asap!

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