Tutorial: Lego Cards

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Do you have the time to make a card for one of our heroes to send home to their kids? I know that you will want to, after seeing this great tutorial by Julie! You can find Julie’s original post over at Handmade by Julie’s… let’s get started!

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I have a Lego-crazed nephew and last year for his birthday I made him a Lego-inspired card. That card ended up being by far my most pinned project on Pinterest, so I thought I’d make some more and put together a little tutorial on how I did it. Hope you enjoy, and if you make some of these I’d love to see your versions!

Let’s start with a supply list:

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Bold colored cardstock in any color; bright green cardstock; white cardstock; circle punches (either half-inch or three-quarter-inch); ink colors to correspond to the cardstocks; artist sponges; sentiment stamp; white gel pen; polka dot embossing folder; A2 sized card bases.

The bright green cardstock is important because it forms the baseplate that every Lego fan will recognize. I ran my cardstock through my BigShot to dry emboss it with polka dot embossing folders. I have two sizes and as we go you’ll see how I used them. These green pieces are cut 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

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Did you know the little round doohickeys on Lego bricks are called studs? They are, and you make them for your card with circle punches. I did some with a half-inch diameter punch and some larger ones using a three-quarter-inch punch. The trick is figuring out what size to make the brick itself.

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For you math geeks, here’s the formula to determine the length of the cuts ( PunchDiameter x StudsInRow ) + ( 1/8 x StudsInRow ) + 1/8. Or, for a half-inch circle punch and a brick with 3 studs one way and 4 studs the other, it would be ( 1/2 x 3 ) + ( 1/8 x 3 ) + 1/8 = 2 and then ( 1/2 x 4 ) + ( 1/8 x 4 ) + 1/8 = 2 5/8, meaning your brick would be a 2 x 2 5/8 rectangle.

Still with me? Hate fractions? I understand, so I’ve done the math for you for what I think the most common brick choices would be to fit on cards:

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Easy peasy! Once you decide what bricks you want and get your paper cut and your circles punched, take a moment to sponge the edges of all of it with a coordinating ink. This really adds to the dimensional appearance of your Lego!

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Now it’s time to put the bricks together. I used little bits of thin dimensional tape to pop up all the studs. I strongly suggest that you dry fit your studs before you peel off the backing on the dimensional tape. Trust me. Dry fitting is your friend. You may find it helpful to put a grid paper or measuring guide behind your brick to help you line up your studs.

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Once you’ve gotten your bricks made, it’s just a matter of arranging them on some white cardstock and stamping a sentiment. I found it easiest to arrange the bricks on a 4 x 5 1/4 inches piece of white cardstock, then trim off the excess white cardstock once the bricks were arranged to my liking.

One fun option is to layer the bricks. Do this by leaving off a few of the studs and slipping one brick behind another.

After you’ve gotten your bricks adhered to your white cardstock, take your white gel pen and very carefully add some highlights to imitate light reflecting off the studs. This is another trick to add dimension. It might seem easier to do this before assembly, but it’s best to wait, that way you can arrange the bricks however you want and have your “light source” coming from one direction to all of the studs.

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Then just fit a sentiment to whatever bit of open white space you have. I couldn’t think of a good punny sentiment to go with Legos, so I just went with the classics.

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If you are nervous about screwing up your stamping after all that work for the bricks, just stamp on a separate piece of cardstock and add it to your card, like I did for this one. Note that this one also uses the 3/4 inch circle punch and the larger sized dots in the baseplate – and colors for girls! Girls like Legos, too!

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Once you get going you’ll find these easy to make and a great way to use up small scraps of cardstock. Have fun with it!

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All right all you legomaniacs… get to work and show us your great lego cards! Have fun!


36 Comments

  1. GREAT idea, these Lego cards. Thank you so much for sharing the “how to”.

  2. What was the purpose of using the dry embossing folders? Are those for card fronts instead of using punches and making each stud?

    • Kristi

      Brenda, the dry embossing folders are used on the green cardstock to mimic the base that Lego creations are started on.

  3. Maria Rodriguez.

    Are you kidding me??!!! This is one of the most ingenious, fantastic, creative cards I’ve ever seen!! At first glance I honestly thought the “studs” were made like with a hot glue gun or something like that, they look like they are glistening!! I just LOVE, LOVE this card and your great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful instructions, with perfect dimensions to be able to reproduce this super fabulous card. My youngest grandson will turn 6 next week so, what perfect timing, he loves Legos, (what kid doesn’t??) so I will make him a Lego birthday card thanks to you. Thank you so much again for sharing your card with us.
    God Bless you.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  4. Judy Connerty

    THANK-YOU!
    I’ve seen cards like this and every time I thing “Oh, they would be perfect for OWH”. I never could guess how they were made. Great tutorial! I promise some lego cards in my next shipment.

  5. Madame Wong

    These are excellent and mean that I get to go shopping. Can’t make this style card without a white gel pen… :) Also, already planning on using my new Silhouette Cameo to cut out loads of circles from loads of different colored papers.

  6. This is amazing! I love all the math! I have got to try this!

  7. June K

    So cool. I have not seen such detailed instructions (like the math and light reflections) for Lego cards. Thanks for the tutorial. (BTW, no I did not know that the “round doohickeys” were called studs – I called them “round thingies”).

  8. Kristi

    Thank you so much for doing this tutorial. You just got yet another pin!

  9. What a wonderfully creative idea! Thanks for sharing it with us, Julie (and Nancy), and for providing the math. That’s what usually puts me off – figuring out calculations and fractions for projects. Thanks for doing the hard work for us!

  10. Marty L.

    All I can say is Wow! The cards are so imaginative and your tutorial is fantastic ! Thank you thank you!

  11. I love these cards and your technique is so creative! I will certainly be making some of them. Thanks so much for doing the math on the layouts! Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

  12. Michele

    This is so perfect for my nephews bday card. He’s a lego fanatic. Since I’m not a math person, I thank you very much for doing all the math for me. I’m going to work on this right now!

  13. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  14. This math teacher is swooning over the idea of a formula she can use in card making! Thanks for sharing your technique, Julie. I have 9 nephews, so this will come in handy!

  15. Love Love Love this card and the instructions! I will now have to go out and buy a circle punch!!

  16. my daughter and her family have always been lego crazy! I absolutely love this card!!! Thank you so much for the measuring guide and the tutorial! I WILL be making this card for OWH and for our adult grandsons to remind them of all the fun they had with these!

  17. oh my gosh…I have to make some of these….what a super great idea for kid cards…thank you for the tutorial…

  18. mamichelle

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. Marsha D

    Fabulous idea. I have three grandsons who are Lego fans. Thanks so much for this wonderful idea.

  20. I loved these when I first saw Julie originally do it and they are as great as ever. Thanks for all the details and for doing the math. I gotta put this on mu ‘to do’ list now before I forget!

  21. Brenda

    Whoa! I have two Lego-obsessed grandsons with birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks. Guess what kind of cards they’re getting! Thank you for such a unique idea! These cards will kick grandma up a notch or two in their estimation!

  22. What a brilliant idea. I bought some Lego-like embossed paper a while ago, never thinking I could just make my own, in any colour/size I want. Thank you for this!

  23. These are fabulous. Thanks for the tips and the charts to make them. Thanks for sharing.

  24. What a great card for a child. You are just so creative. Thanks for sharing the measurements as well. My old brain would have exploded without your help. Thanks again!

  25. Too cool! Thanks, Julie and Nancy!

  26. These are awesome! great tutorial!

  27. Betty

    These are terrific! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions.

  28. Rufus

    Brilliant! This is going in the “need to make ASAP” list. THANK you for doing the math! Of course not sure what sizes of circle punches I’ve got so may still have to figure it out, so thanks for the formula! This is going to be fun.
    R/

  29. Wow! What a fabulous card, even more fabulous how-to instructions. Every detail “detailed”! Thanks for sharing your creative talents.

  30. Well, this is the coolest technique I have ever seen!! Definitely must try this one!

  31. So creative!! I made a Lego cake as a request from my son for a birthday one year (many years ago!!) and promised myself never to do that again!! But with the math already done for me, I may just try out a card or two for OWH. In fact, my son’s b’day is coming up(his 31st) and I may just make one for him too!!!

  32. Julie, your awesome creativity always has my jaw dropping… saying Wow! I tried this when I first saw it but my attempts were awful. Thanks so much for doing the math and sharing it with us. I can’t wait to try this again!

  33. I love the look of this card…would love to try it! Maybe I will be bold enough to use my silhouette for making the circles (thanks Madame Wong) since I don’t have the punches or sizes. Would certainly like to try. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

  34. This is a fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much, Julie! Love, love, LOVE these Legos!

  35. Today I found the perfect embossing folders for this! Lifestyle Crafts Goose Bumpz SPOTTED embossing folder 2 pack for $9.99 http://lifestylecrafts.com/products/embossing-folders/spotted.html My local Michael’s store just added to their inventory and I picked up a pack. YAY!!!

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