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