The next thing I'd thought I'd share was just a quick and easy panel card. To know me is to know that 1. I like to frame and mat everything and 2. If I can easily create a look myself and save some money - I'm going to do it.
In this case, panel cards.
I like the look of the embossed edge, and I like how they pull the card together and make it easier for me to put less on a card and feel like it's done.
Premade panel cards can start adding up though, and they are not at all difficult make yourself.
The first thing I do is prefold the card I want to make a panel on.
Next, gather either a stylus or a bone, or for lack of either of these tools - find something else that can substitute. The wrong end of an artist style or kid's paintbrush works wonderfully.
The next thing to find is an edge. In this example, I'm using a piece of thin cardboard. I've been known to use packaging, plastic stencils, the cover of a kids book and pretty much whatever I find closest to my desk at the time I need it. Today - a thin piece of cardboard.
I flip my card over so I'm working on the inside of the card - and eyeball the edge, laying about a quarter inch over the edge of the cardboard - keeping it even from top to bottom.
I then simply trace along the edge with my stylus (or bone, or wrong end of a paintbrush...)
I don't go all the way to the edge, but leave that same quarter inch edge all the way around. I then turn the card a quarter turn and do the next edge. The reason I prefolded my card before creating the panel was for this step, so I know where to start and stop my edge.
Having gone all the way around, I have my panel.
This is very easy to adapt to a one inch border, small square in the middle or any number of other options. The trick is to have your tracing line longer than your card so you can see that you're keeping the card even.
quick and easy and inexpensive.