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Handmade Cards

Handmade Cards

Spring 2003 Doing & Learning
Ages: 14 & Up
Author: Anne Akers Johnson
Publisher: Klutz
ISBN: 1-57054-950-8
Hardcover Price: $24.95
This is a gem! The instruction book for nine card styles (ranging from a photo easel to flowers to a pop-up) is attached to a portfolio holding all the necessary materials (22 sheets of paper, measuring grid, folding tool, and reusable card templates). Instructions are clearly-illustrated in color and written in a conversational tone as if a friend were standing beside you explaining how to do each step. Here's an example of how much care was put into this book: after showing how to make square and rectangular envelopes to accommodate cards of both shapes, there's a reminder that square envelopes require additional postage -- AND -- instructions on how to adapt the square envelope template to make a rectangular envelope, as well as how to prevent the square card from sliding to the bottom! When the book is removed, the sturdy portfolio remains, with no print or commercial messages, to store the tools and templates for future card-making adventures.
Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2003 Parents' Choice

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