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Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Cardmaking 201, Tutorial | 14 comments

Tutorial – Toolbelt Card

With the Father’s Day deadline approaching on May 21, we thought you’d love to see this super cute card by Nancy from Scrap Happens. Nancy’s inspiration for this card was a card by Kim Kesti in Paper Crafts magazine. You’ll find it on page 17 if you have the latest issue. (May / June 2011). Nancy writes:

For a base, I used some Kraft cardstock from JoAnn’s cut to make an A-2 sized card. (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)

The blue wood pattern in the background is from the DCWV Green Stack.

I cut a piece of orange cardstock that measures 3.5 x 2.5”

I cut a strip of orange cardstock that measures 2 x 6” . . . this strip was scored and folded a bunch of times to make the pockets. (Scored at 0.5”, 0.75”, 2”, 2.25”, 3”, 3.25”, 4.5” and 4.75”)

After gluing this to the 3.5 x 2.5 piece, I rounded the bottom corners and attached it with eyelets. I won’t lie – it took a couple of tries to get those pockets just right and I had to just kind of trim the left and right edges with scissors to get the piece to fit right before I glued it down and added the eyelets.

Last, I cut some 1/2 inch strips and made the belt by attaching eyelets on one end. I used a brown colored pencil to add some scuff marks and fake stitching to the edges.

I added the “dad” letter stickers from my stash. I also used my Cricut cartridge called Indie Art to cut out the wrenches (1.5” and 2” size) and the gear from some shiny silver paper. I totally stole a tiny piece of sand paper and some nails from my husband’s junk in the garage. I don’t think he will notice. 🙂

I also lined the inside of the card with some orange and white paper to make a nice writing surface. Here is a closeup of the pockets. Aside from being a little tedious to make those pockets fit just right, this card was fun to make and I think it sure fits the “manly” category, don’t you?

Special thanks to Nancy for sharing this card with us! If you have a card or technique you would like to share with us, please write me at


  1. Thanks for sharing–it is way cool!

  2. Thanks for this; I always need masculine card ideas!

  3. This is fantastic!

  4. LOVE this!

  5. So adorable! Thanks for showing us how you did it, Nancy!

  6. Darling idea! I love your card and thanks for the template!

  7. This is really cute! Thanks for showing us how to make it 🙂

  8. This is so clever and cute!!

  9. Great card! I have the Indie Art cart on my Gypsy, but never noticed the wrenches. TFS!

  10. Love, love, love it!

  11. This is really cute! I love the shiny tools, too!

  12. This is sooo cute. Thank you so much for your tutorial. I wish my dad were still here so I could make it for him – he would get a kick out of it. My husband is not much of a handy man but maybe I will make one for him anyway.

  13. Wow! what an amazing paper sculpture!! Great fun. Thank you for sharing all the details with us.

  14. Precioso trabajo, muchas gracias por compartirlo, a los hombres de mi familia les encantará… 😊😊😊

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