Beginner Card Maker’s Tip: Let the Paper do the Talking

Sometimes, beginning is half the battle. When I first started making cards, I didn’t have the budget for fancy things like a die cut machine and dies, or embossing folders or fancy markers and oodles of rubber stamps. While I do have most of these things now, I don’t find myself reaching for them as much as I do paper. I love paper…the colors, the textures, the patterns, the smell of a fresh paper pad…an uncut piece of 12 x 12 paper and all it’s endless possibilities is nirvana for me. I learned early on to “let the paper do the talking”. This card is a classic example of letting the paper do the talking. Very few supplies used, and great for a beginner.

I purchased this beautiful coffee lover’s paper pack from Unity Stamp Company. I don’t normally purchase 6 x 6″ paper packs, but this one had a theme I love (I’m a sucker for anything coffee themed), being that I own a coffee shop. I also purchased several sets of rubber stamps from them. This was my first purchase from Unity, and won’t be my last! (On a side note, they are not endorsing this post in any way – this is my own personal opinion.)

The first thing I noticed about this paper is that it’s thick stock and beautiful, no flimsy copy paper feel here. The paper has a glossy finish, making it absolutely beautiful as a card, and the prints and colors are amazing. It has a beautiful watercolor look to it. I was immediately taken back to my just starting days. No need to fancy up this paper, it was gorgeous enough already. In the end, I did decide to stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card, using one of the high quality stamps I purchased from Unity – in – guess what – a coffee theme!

You can find a list of supplies below with links on where to purchase these supplies. The directions for this card are so easy, you’re never going to believe it!

Step 1: Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock of your choice at 5.5″ on the 11″ side. Score at 4 1/4″ and fold.

Step 2: Cut a piece of colored cardstock for your mat layer at 5 3/8 x 4 1/8″

Step 3: Cut the coffee patterned paper at 4″ so the coffees are across the bottom of the card. You will also have to trim a bit off the left side. Trim at 5 1/2″.

Step 4: Adhere the mats together and then adhere to the card base. You can stop here and your card would make a beautiful note card, perfect for anyone. I took it a few steps further.

Step 5: Create a colored mat and a white top by repeating steps 2 & 3. Adhere mats together.

Step 6: Stamp “life happens, coffee helps” sentiment inside.

inside view of card


1 – 8.5 x 11″ sheet of white cardstock

1 – 8.5 x 11″ sheet of colored cardstock for the card mat. I used Stampin’ Up Mint macaron

1 – Coffee lover’s paper pack from Unity Stamp Company

1 – Sweet Tea Kitty stamp set from Unity Stamp Company

Published by Bean Street Paper

I am an avid, self taught crafter. I make many things from candles and soaps to paper crafts, to man eating plants! I am an Army wife and mother, and a veteran. I am a barista at my very own coffee shop. I am active in animal rescue (and have 7 furkids of my own from these adventures!). I love the beach, I LOVE Halloween and fall, and I love coffee. I have been urged by friends and family to share my talents with the world, so here I go!

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