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Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 15 comments

Tutorial: Sweater Cards

It’s difficult to think about the weather cooling off when it is still 90 degrees or better outside. How about your neck of the woods? Is it still pretty warm? Let us not keep this from moving forward with some great ideas for cool weather cards! I just know that you guys will love these little examples by Nancy F. They surfaced last spring, and we wanted to wait for a great time to get them out of “storage” for fall! Please enjoy these very adorable sweaters!!

Sweater Cards

(I asked Nancy F.  to share her “how to” with us… she sent me these great photos and a few tips… I will try to add a few for even more ideas.)


Nancy’s adorable sweater cards!

Sweater Cards – It’s really not that complicated, mostly just playing with embossing folders. The fact that so many are interested in making them, kind of gives me that warm, fuzzy sweater feeling….. – Nancy F.


Just a few great embossing folder options!

Nancy cited this original post by Sandy on how to make vest cards as the inspiration for her cute sweaters. In her vest tutorial, Sandy suggested using a circle die to cut the arm holes in the paper first, then she cut a triangle shape for the neck. The pockets were trimmed pieces of paper with cute border punches.  Sandy also used embossing folders to give her vests some texture, and folded the “V” pieces out to the side to create some cute collars.  


Sandy’s Vest Cards

Nancy went on to describe how she was inspired to create her sweaters – All I did, was change them (the vests) up a little bit.   I cut strips of paper and ran it through my ancient crimper and used that for the ribbing at the bottom and neck areas on the sweaters.  You can use up all sorts of scraps for embellishments on pockets or make little buttons, there’s just tons of stuff to do with all those little bits that have been hanging around.


Crimping strips of paper to make the sweater ribbing.

Here are some more of those adorable cards! Aren’t they great??


As you can see, these sweaters can be made for fall or for winter, which gives them a lot of versatility as we move into the next seasons!

You could give your sweaters some sentiments by simply adding a layered stamp sentiment of something like Warm Wishes, Warmest Thanks, or many other possibilities. Buttons could be made from brads, small thin buttons, punched dots, pearl paint or other little baubles. Wouldn’t it be fun to add a tiny tag or something cute coming out of those pockets? How about a fancy flower or leaf embellishment to emulate a pin or brooch? Check out Sandy’s cute vest with the snowflake embellishment! You could give your sweaters some fancy under shirts like some of Nancy’s shown above, or even add a little necklace! With all of these great opportunities to embellish your sweaters, I can’t wait to see what you can all come up with on your own.

Here are a few more helpful tips, since I tried the “sweater technique” myself:

DO cut and size your sweater pieces first, then do the embossing before you add these pieces to your card.

DO NOT emboss the pieces first, and then use a die (such as Sizzix or Spellbinders) to cut your sides or necklines,  if you are making the shaped kind of cards. If you use the die after embossing, it will “flatten” some of your embossing pattern. This happened to me a little bit on the pink sweater shown below. You live and learn! I covered up some of my flattened embossing with the little pockets.


I used up lots of leftover strip scraps to make this striped sweater. This was done kind of in the style of the “Scrappy Background” tutorial. After I glued my strips down, I ran this piece  through the embossing folder to get the final look. I don’t have a fancy crimper like Nancy F. used, so I used another striped embossing folder to make my ribbing.


There are also no rules about which way to “fold” your sweater card. You can make your fold on the horizontal side, the top side, or even “gate fold” your card base to make a sweater that opens in the front, like the pink one. Have lots of fun with this!

Please be sure to stop over at Stamp Tramps where Nancy F. does her blogging, to see some more amazing creations and/or leave her some warm comments here for sharing with us today.  The InLinkz is up as well, for you to all play along. Let’s see some more cute sweaters!


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  1. Oh, my goodness!!! These are SO CUTE. Definitely will try these. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea.

  2. Oh goodness! These are so cute– I can’t wait to get home from work to try to make these cuties! Love it!

  3. How clever! Love how you changed them up to be masculine or feminine. Darling! And another good use for scraps, lol.

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  4. These are adorable! Thanks for a great idea. 🙂

  5. These are so dang cute!! I remember seeing them on Nancy’s blog but never attempted to make any. Maybe now with these tips and guidance I’ll have to finally give them a whirl. Beautiful Nancy!

  6. Totally adorable! Can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks, Nancy!

  7. Very cute!

  8. How darn cute! I can see using up some scraps too, which is always a major plus! Will have to give these a try!

  9. Very Cute Idea!
    Love the texture & seeing all the little details!

  10. I really like the texture and another way to use my embossing folders that I usually forget!

  11. I LOVE sweaters! These cards are so cute! Now I can have sweaters all the time! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!!

  12. Gorgeous!! I bet that lovely zipper die by Marianne Design would fit perfectly for such a project! <3

  13. Such a wonderful idea for women’s ministry. The sweaters are beautiful, they warm my heart! God’s blessing be with you always

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