Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Stamping

Four Inspiring Tips for Creating Mini Note Cards

Have you ever needed just a bite sized little greeting card for a treat bag, Easter basket or lunch box? Mini note cards can fit just about anywhere and will make your kid or special person smile big. Our fab design team member, Daniel, is here with some inspiring tips for creating these miniature love notes.

Hey there, friends! Daniel West, here with a four inspiring tips for creating mini note cards! I fell in love this size greeting in 2021 when I did a tutorial on them for a summit. They slip easily under pillows, into party bags and gift boxes, too. And these tiny treasures are super quick and fun to create. You’ll fall for them, too, I just know it.

TIP 1: Save money and paper!

Get the most mini note cards out of a sheet of Neenah Solar White card stock by cutting it in half to create two 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ panels. Then, score the length of each panel at the 2 3/4″ mark. Fold the panels in half at the score line and cut them into 2 1/8″ wide note cards! If you prefer a die for these, Ellen Hutson has a fantastic one called, Mini Note by Julie Ebersole.

TIP 2: Make of bunch at once!

Stamp and die cut tons of small images from a great stamp set like Vera Kuprik’s Sweet Spring or Heart Eyes. These stamps fit perfectly on the front of mini note cards! I made several sheets of gingham background pieces to have on hand for quick turn projects, too.

TIP 3: Keep them simple!

These small greetings don’t need to be fancy. Limit your palette to a few coordinating colors. Leave some white space for a greeting in black ink. Use an easy coloring technique for the critters and images. These tips will pull your projects together and the little cards will appear cohesive instead of disjointed.

TIP 4: Don’t be afraid of stamp surgery!

Sometimes a sentiment stamp needs to be broken up to fit on smaller cards. Use a pair of snips to cut the words apart. This does not harm the image and you can always fit them back together when you want to!

To create these mini note cards, I first cut and scored the bases (see TIP 1 above). Next, I stamped out four sheets of gingham paper using the Skinny Stripes stamp and some inks by Catherine Pooler (Hot Tub and Matcha) and Concord & 9th (Sprout and Aqua Sky).

Then, I die cut and stamped (in that order) a ton of the images from the Sweet Spring by Vera Kuprik stamp set using alcohol friendly ink — Hero Arts Intens-ified Black Ink. I chose a simple palette of red, green, gray, earth and yellow Copic markers R83, R81, R89, G85, G82, G24, Y00, Y04, W3, W1, and E93. I didn’t do a lot of blending of colors for these images, but I did enough for some simple dimension.

After that, I trimmed down some strips of the gingham paper and adhered them to the front of my mini card bases with a tape runner. Next, I stamped the sentiments from the Ears to You stamp set in Midnight Ink by Catherine Pooler. Finally, I popped up the colored images over the gingham strips with foam tape!

I hope you enjoyed these little note cards as much as I did creating them. It would be so cool to see your take on them. Just tag me on Instagram or Facebook with the handle @delandartie and don’t forget to tag @ellenhutsonllc, too. I have linked the supplies I used throughout this post for your convenience. There’s also a grid of supplies below.

Thank you so much for joining me today and have a wonderful rest of your week!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Mary W March 8, 2023 at 6:30 am

    ADORABLE and so easy to make a bunch – great way to spend a lovely morning.

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