I love making cards. It is honestly one of my favourite items to make. I don't remember the last time I bought a card to be honest. It means a great deal to me that the card reflects the one receiving the card. And that the card is one of a kind. I have made cards for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day and other occasions. 

This card was an experiment. I saw it on Pinterest, just loved the look of the card and wanted to make one. After I made this one I went and made a bunch more. It's such a fun type of card to make. You can play with all kinds of different patterns for the inside and outside and do all kinds of fun stuff for the little square on the flap.

I absolutely loved how the first one I made came out. The measurements were a bit off at first but with a few adjustments it worked out. There are two different ways to make the card. One option is to use a premade blank card and cut that up. Another option is to use a Cricut or any cutting machine. I have done both ways and like both ways. I created a template in Cricut Design Space so I can make on anytime I need! Here I will talk about doing it with a premade card. 


  • Square blank card - or any card shape 
  • Exacto knife
  • Metal ruler (or what you have on hand)
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • 1 piece of patterned cardstock for the outside flap and inside top of card
  • 1 piece of cardstock for the solid smaller piece 
  • Image or worded message for square embellishment 
  • Glue tape runner


L-Shaped Card - Small flap is the front.
  1. Open the card so the inside of the card is face down on your cutting mat.
  2. Measure with a ruler about half down the card both vertically and horizontally mark it with a pencil along the folded edge of the card. I didn't and that's probably why the measurements were a bit off.
  3. Cut horizontally first with your exacto knife and metal ruler.* 
  4. Cut vertically with the exacto knife and metal ruler. Once you cut it will take the whole top half off. It is left in the shape of an L.
  5. Fold the card back up and the front should only be half of the card.
  6. Take your ruler, the patterned cardstock and your exacto knife and measure the size you want for the front flap. This is where I played with the size. I didn't leave much space around it but you can leave as much or as little as you want.** 
  7.  Do the same thing for the top half of the inside of the card like you did in step 6. You could do the whole inside of you want. It just makes it hard to write on the inside later if it's a dark piece or cardstock.
  8. Glue both pieces down. Try and line them up as best you can.
  9. Take your solid piece of cardstock and make the size of the square needed (you can skip this step if you want and move to step 11) Once it's cut, glue the image or design to the square piece. If you aren't sure take a look at the picture beside the materials list above.
  10. When the smaller square piece is together, glue that piece to the front flap. Don't glue the whole piece, just part of it.
  11. Now take that small square piece with the image or design and glue on the front of the flap. Look at the first picture beside materials for reference if needed.
  12. The card is now done and you can do whatever you want inside!

* I use the metal ruler just in case my exacto knife goes off course and doesn't cut into the ruler. I also find it more stable to cut with.

** You could flip the card stock over and draw your rectangle and then cut with your knife.

I hope this post helps you create a card for someone special. 

If you have any questions, comments I would love to hear from you or pictures pop them in the box below I would love to see what you create!

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