Bow Tie Card

One thing I’ve learnt living away from home and venturing off into adulthood is there are a load more birthdays, anniversaries and events in general that you HAVE to remember. Whilst living with my parents I was always covered in the joint family card that was sent, but not anymore!

Last year, with one thing and another, I managed to completely miss my Grandad’s birthday, but not this year! I got super-organised and even managed to make a card… I find creating cards for men daunting at the best of times, so making something for my Grandad was going to be a challenge. After a quick spot of research the below design was what I came up with – Super-simple and quick to make.


You Will Need

  • Portrait card blank
  • Variety of patterned and plain cardstock
  • Buttons
  • Rub-on letters (I used American Crafts Kate Mini Marks letter set)
  • Tacky glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Foam squares or tape
  1. Start by covering a card blank with kraft cardstock – alternatively you could use a kraft card blank if you have one.
  2. Cut another piece of cardstock the same height as your card but 2cms narrower. Centrally adhere using double-sided tape.
  3. To create the bow ties: I cheated a little bit and used the bows included in docrafts Geometric Neon A4 Ultimate & Die-cut Paper Pack as a template. However, if you’ve not got this pack to hand there are lots of great free templates on the web to create something very similar. Cut three bow ties and adhere them all centrally to the card.
  4. Add a button to the centre of each bow tie using tacky glue.
  5. Cut a banner from white cardstock and use letter rub-ons to create your greeting. Secure the banner to the bottom of the card using square foam pads or thin foam tape.

Grandad's Birthday Card

bow tie card close up

close up


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