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Simple Design Element: Trimming Card Fronts

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Most card makers start with a rectangular card base and add paper, stamping, embellishments and more to create their card designs. How about mixing it up a bit by trimming down that rectangular card base in different ways to add a simple design element? You can round a corner or expose the interior of the card by cutting away half an inch from the front panel. The cards in this update include simple changes to the card that add a little interest without any extra work.

With a corner rounder, a pair of scissors or a trimmer, you can make a small change to the basic rectangular card base before you even start your card design. The end result will add a little extra pizzazz to the appearance of your card!

For the first simple design element, start by cutting away 1/2 to 1 inch from the front panel of your card. This will make the front flap smaller than the back flap of the card. Add a contrasting piece of cardstock or patterned paper either to the entire back panel/inside of the card or just to the portion that is exposed from the smaller front panel. You can even just use a strip of washi tape to decorate the exposed edge.

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Another simple design element to try is rounding just one of the corners on the front panel of the card. Do this by opening your card base and rounding the upper or lower corner on the front panel. You can then add contrasting paper to the interior of the card or leave it the same as the front. The rounded corner adds a fun little element that is uncommon.

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Ready to get a little crazy? Cut away a piece of the front flap of your card base at an angle. Behind the opening, layer a piece of contrasting cardstock or patterned paper just as we did with the straight cut on the first card. The angle just adds a more advanced design to a card. But really, it isn't any more difficult than cutting a straight line parallel to the front edge. That will be our little secret!

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Now, get creative! How else can you make a simple cut to create an interesting card base before you even get started decorating the card? I'd love to hear about ideas you have tried and how they turned out. Drop us a note on the feedback form with your ideas!