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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Serendipity Card Tutorial

 Hi all, this is my first tutorial, so I hope it will be easy enough to follow. This is not something I have made up myself, nor do I claim any ownership for this design. I just thought I would share how I made this card in case someone has not made a serendipity card before. It is a fun card to make and the results can be quite stunning. Good Luck and Have Fun!

Card stock for background: 5x10
Card stock for card : 6 1/2 x 10 your color of choice
Card stock to back the collage pieces, your color of choice
Card stock for inside card : 6 x 4 1/2
Scrap papers colors of your choice. plain or patterned
bone folder
stamps (any you might have)
colored inks of your choice
versa mark ink
embossing powder
heat gun
craft knife
paper trimmer
sentiment stamp (if desired)
ribbon (if desired)

1.On a piece of paper, 5x 10 glue ripped plain or patterned paper in a random way until the paper is fully covered. Let this dry fully.

 2. Stamp randomly over the collage with different stamps and different colors to add design. ( I did not do this on this piece, but you will see it on my other samples.)
3.Stamp with the versa mark and add embossing powder. Heat with the heat tool.
4. Cut collage into 1" strips using a paper trimmer.
5.The card I am making today uses 3, 1" x 2" pieces and 3, 1"x 1" pieces. Once I have all the strips cut, I decide which of the longer strips I will cut the smaller pieces from to make my design.
6. Glue these cut pieces to the backing color, for my card, this is silver. Then cut out a 1/8" matt around it. I use the perfect layers rulers . You could also use a paper trimmer, or skip this step if desired.
7.Fold your 6 1/2 "x 10" paper in half with a bone folder, (this is the main card). Attach  the pieces to your card as shown in the final picture. I added a ribbon and a birthday sentiment to this card.Glue the 6" x 4 1/2" piece of card stock inside the card to finish.

Please see the following samples for other card ideas. I apologize for the poor picture quality.

Thank you so much for coming to my blog. I appreciate any comments or feedback you might have that might help me improve this tutorial. Your words are always welcomed.


  1. Fabulous tutorial!!! Very well written, precise and easy to follow instructions with these great pics! Way to go girl! Beautiful cards showcasing this fun technique! Awesome job :)

  2. These cards are BEE-TEE-FUL! And your tutorial was very well done & I'm not the greatest at following the written word directions. I shall certainly be trying this, and it's a new technique to me. Your cards turned out so wonderfully well, and what a super way to use up some leftovers too, if you chose to do it that way. Thanks for your visit & sweet comment. Have a good wkend. TFS