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Handmade CD Card Cases

Ive been playing around a lot with Cd Art recently, so naturally I thought I would have a go at making card wallets to hold the cd art in.

The card wallets on this page where all created very simply without the use of a template, infact you could follow my instructions to enable you to make card wallets in different sizes to hold other items too.

I enjoyed the challenge of discovering ways to fasten and seal the wallets, and have chosen a couple of methods which you can see on the artwork on this page.

Read on for details

Supplies Used

  • A4 Cream Card Stock
  • Velvet Paper (optional)
  • Memories Artprint Brown Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Autumn Leaves (Clearsnap)
  • Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Scissors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • String
  • Gold Brads
  • Screw Covers (from hardware stores)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • CD Labels
  • Gold Eyelets
  • Eyelet Setter
  • Gold Cord
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Scottish Borders Stamping


I have prepared visual instructions below to help you understand the process in which I created the CD Card Envelopes below:

1. Place your sheet of card stock in front of you, on the right hand side of the card, place a CD, use this to guide you when you fold the card, to enable you to make the wallet big enough to fit your CD inside. See below

All the blue lines in the diagram above are FOLD lines, you need to use the bone scoring tool to enable you to make crisp folds as shown above. If you use the CD as a guide, you wont need a proper template as you are folding the sheet of card around the actual CD itself. You could adapt this step to enable you to make a wallet which fits anything inside: no matter how small!

2. Following the fold lines, cut and remove the sections shown below in the diagram marked in purple. See below:

3. You are now left with a sheet of card shaped like below:

4. Score all fold lines so they are all facing the same direction

5. Apply double sided tape on one side of Flaps One and Two as seen in picture above, fold flaps over to face the other side.

6. Place the MAIN BODY of the card, over the top of Flaps One and Two, press down to seal onto the double sided tape.

You now have the basic shape of the CD Wallet

7. Stamp the CD wallet on both sides

I stamped mine using Artprint Brown Memories inkpad, and applied colours from rainbow inkpads using Hunter Green Memories, and rainbow dye pads.

8. In the centre of Flap Three, make a single hole using a single hole punch. This hole is what you use to make your fastener. See below for ideas of fasteners

9. Stamp on a CD Label, place on CD, and slip inside your wallet.

Your CD Wallet is complete!

Ideas For Fastening Your Wallet

  • Plastic Screw Covers:
    You can find these in hardware stores, I picked mine up for 80p for a pack of 40. They have 2 parts, one part clicks inside the other, see below for close up. You will need to punch a hole in both sides of the wallet to make them work. I painted mine with Gold Krylon Pen.
  • Eyelet Fasteners:
    For this I made 2 holes with a punch in the flap, set eyelets into the holes, and then on the main body of the cd I made 1 hole with an eyelet. I then secured a piece of gold cord through the hole in the main body in a loop. Then fed it through both eyelet holes to enable me to fasten it
  • Paper Brad Fasteners:
    For these I punched a single hole in both the main body and the flap. On the flap part I pushed a large paper brad through and secured. On the body part I secured a loop of string, which I pulled through the hole and threaded round the brad to secure at the front.

On some of the CD Wallets I stuck a strip of stamped velvet paper to the flap to add interest. More Cd Cases


This technique shows you how you can create fantastic looking collage cards using the humble craft punch!

What You Need

Craft Punch: I used squares and tag shaped punches
White Card
Masking Tape
Dye or Pigment Ink Pads for DTP
Black or Brown Memories inkpad for stamping
Rubber Stamps of Your Choice
Double Sided Tape
Card for Layering
Card Blank

How To Create

1. Using your craft punch, punch out approx 10 shapes from the white card stock.

2. Take a strip of masking tape, de-tack it first onto a piece of fabric, and then place it on your work surface sticky side up.

3. Position one of the craft punch shapes onto the top half of the masking tape, taking care to leave a small strip of masking tape exposed at the bottom of the punch shape.

4. Next position the second craft punch shape underneath the first, lining it up exactly with no gaps.

5. Continue for the other craft punch shapes.

You are lining up all your craft punch shapes next to each other, without any gaps along the entire strip of masking tape. At this point you can add as many or as little punch shapes as you wish, adding more rows too if desired.

6. Once you have your rows of punch shapes you are ready to stamp! I stamped using a memories inkpad, stamp various images to a specific theme across the entire blocks of punch shapes. Allow ink to dry.

7. Once ink has dried, apply inks from inkpads using a sponge direct to the card shapes to ‘direct to paper’ the background. You can add further detail using watercolour pencils if desired. Allow ink to dry.

8. Once ink has dried, carefully remove the stamped craft punch shapes, and assemble them onto card using double sided tape (or glue if you prefer). Leave a slight border between each block as you assemble.

9. Layer onto a single fold card blank, your Punch Art Collage is complete!

Punch Art Collage Gallery

For this outing into the world of collage I thought a good place to start was using the ’10 Minute Collage’ Technique (sometimes known as Take 10 Technique or 10 from 1 Sheet Technique)

For those of us who are afraid to try collage I think this is a very good place to start because you don’t feel like you are actually creating a collage!

The reason Ive called it the 10 Minute Collage is because when you stamp your collage sheet you need to work as quickly as possible – no thinking allowed. Just stamping 🙂

I find it best to work as quickly as possible because it adds to the randomness of this technique and you dont stress over the small details, instead you are concentrating on filling in all the small spaces on your card sheet.

However when it comes to making the actual cards you made using this technique it will take you a little longer than 10 minutes 😉

Read on for more details on what to do…

What You Will Need:

  • A4 Sheet Cream Card Stock (average printer sized sheet)
  • Black Dye Based Ink Pad (I used Memories)
  • Rubber Stamps to a specific theme – pick out approx 5 – 8 different stamps in different sizes. (I chose a time theme)
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Colorbox Options Paint Box Inkpad – or any rainbow or pigment ink pads (for the coloured background)
  • 10 Minute Collage Template
  • Paper Trimmer or Craft Knife, Cutting Mat and Ruler
  • Black and Dark Colour Papers (for layering)
  • Card Blanks
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Embellishments

How To Create:

First of all you need to print the 10 Minute Collage Template onto a sheet of paper. Set this aside and don’t think about it till after!

Secondly; Ive named this technique the 10 Minute Collage because it enables you to stamp and create collages in under 10 minutes – please note however it depends on how fast you can stamp!! The actual card making and assembly time will take a little longer! 🙂

Stamping The 10 Minute Collage:

Now take your large sheet of CREAM card stock – you are going to STAMP it 🙂

First of all let me explain why you are working with cream card stock instead of white.

I’ve found when making collage type cards that it’s better to stamp on colour card stock as opposed to white.

The reason for that is – when you smoosh and add your inkpad colours to the card – you don’t have to work quite so hard to get a nice even background colour.

If you use white – the background is very stark and you need to add a LOT more ink to cover this up!

Therefore if you use colour card stock you don’t have to work quite so hard; the added bonus is that you don’t run your inkpads out as much either! Any light colour card stock will do – or darker for that matter; tan, pink, blue, green etc etc. Cream is my favourite so we are using that!

Right now to STAMP….

1.     On your sheet of cream card, start with your largest rubber stamp, and randomly stamp the largest stamp on your sheet of card stock approx 3-4 times – less if it’s a very large stamp.

Stamping Tips:

You want the images to be really spaced out, vary the angles which you stamp at – i.e. move the stamp around in different directions. Don’t be afraid to stamp UPSIDE DOWN! Remember you can stamp OFF the card stock too! Don’t over think – just stamp!

2.     Next take the next size down stamp and stamp this a couple of times across the sheet – again vary the angles you stamp at and don’t be afraid to stamp upside down! Repeat this step using the next size down stamp and continue until you come to your smallest stamps – the small tiny stamps will be your ‘space fillers’ use these to stamp in the blank un-stamped areas to fill them out a little.

Using this method you wont need to create ‘masks’ for your images as you are not overlapping any of the stamped images, also by working from the largest down to the smallest you are making sure the stamps will fit together in the spaces. If you use unmounted stamps you can control the positioning a lot better especially if you use a clear acrylic mounting method.

Allow ink to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step to add your background colour…

Adding Colour To The 10 Minute Collage:

Colour is the most important part of collaging – pick the wrong colours and you can end up with a colour clash! You want the colours to blend and compliment one another – you don’t want one colour fighting for attention over the others. Some people use a colour wheel to help them choose their colours – I opt for an easier method! I tend to use colours which are ‘made up’ of other colours – this is my own ‘family colour theory’ and it works for ME!

Yellow Family – Colours Are: Yellows, Oranges, Browns and Greens – all these colours work well together because they are all yellow based colours – in other words to get the colour orange you need to add red and YELLOW. To mix green you need to add blue and YELLOW – they share the colour YELLOW. I call this my ‘Yellow Family’ and use these types of colours together…bear in mind there are plenty of different shades of yellows, oranges, browns and greens so you can come up with lots of different styles and colour schemes.

Red Family – Colours Are: Reds, Purples, Oranges and Pinks – This is my ‘Red Family’; all the colours in this family have the colour RED in them and therefore they go well together and compliment one another.

Blue Family – Colours Are: Blue, Purple, Greens – My ‘Blue Family’ all of these shades of colours use blue so therefore they work well together.

Finally you can mix your families together! But be careful not to cause family rows 🙂 as not all colours are compatible! However both the blue family and the yellow family get along well with the Red family!

White and Black can be added to any of the colour families – they are neutral colours and therefore don’t clash instead they highlight and bring contrast to the colours. Don’t be afraid to use black and white – remember they are colours too!

Starting with your lightest colour first, tap your cosmetic sponge into your inkpads and apply colour over the entire surface of the card – literally rub it all over – don’t be afraid of adding colour – the more the better!! I tend to start with a nice yellow and then work my way up in darkness’s, after yellow I tend to apply random areas of orange, and greens and browns – smoosh a little here and a little there so that you have little bursts of colour over the page. Don’t be afraid of adding colour – it won’t hurt you J It’s your friend! The more colour you add the more striking your overall collage. See below to see what my collage sheet looked like after Id stamped and added colour to it:

Now for the FUN PART!

Cutting The Collage Sheet Up:

1.     Take the sheet of paper with the printed template on it which you printed earlier and place it over the top of your collage sheet so you can see the lines.

2.     Now if you are using a paper trimmer – place both the printed template sheet and the stamped collage on your cutter and cut along all the lines on the paper – the jagged line is a TEAR LINE so you need to tear this to separate (don’t be neat when you tear!)

If you don’t have a paper trimmer – do the same as above only with your craft knife and ruler!

3.     Once you’ve cut apart your collage sheet you then use the cut out sections to make at LEAST 10 different collage style cards! See all the card samples on this page for examples on how to layer. I find you get a better contrast if you mount the collage pieces onto black or dark card stock.

This is one of the very easiest ways to make collage cards and is perfect if you have never tried collage before and have always wanted to try! I hope you enjoy it!

10 Minute Collage Card Gallery

I was playing around with Cds recently and was wondering how best to display them on cards apart from the traditional method of layering them onto card.

A technique which Altered Book artists use to create triangular pages came to mind, as I thought it could easily be adapted for handmade cards too.

After a little practice and experimentation this is what I came up with!

Read on for details

Supplies Used

  • A4 Cream Card Stock
  • Plum Card Blank
  • Unwanted Cd
  • Cd Labels
  • Gloss Modge Podge (Plaid)
  • Gold Corner Stickers (Stampendous)
  • Memories Artprint Brown Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Autumn Leaves (Clearsnap)
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By
    Scottish Borders Stamping

Directions For Creating Triangle Pockets:

To make it easier I have compiled ‘visual directions’ to go with the written directions, so you can see exactly what I mean. Please refer to both the pictures and the text for instructions on how to create pocket cards below:

1. Take your sheet of A4 cream card stock and cut it in half to make 2 half A5 sheets. Set one aside for now, you only need 1 sheet for this stage in the technique.

2. Take your sheet of card stock, place it in front of you so that the longest edges are at the top and bottom. Gently fold the top right hand corner over the bottom right hand corner as if you were going to fold your card in two.

Instead of folding, make a tiny pinch where the centre of the card is. See below for details

3. Next fold the top right edge downwards, and the bottom right edge upwards; to create 2 semi triangles which meet in the centre of the card. See image below for details:

4. You now have 2 triangular flaps, you need to make these into a pocket. To do this, take the other sheet of card stock you set aside earlier, and affix it directly over the top of the triangular folds using double sided tape like so

You want the card to be flush with the straight edge, so that when you trim off the excess, the folded triangles will disappear, and in its place there is a triangular pocket like below:

That is how easy it is to make the triangle pockets for this card, now you can stamp them! See below for directions on how I made mine:

1. Once I created the pocket, I stamped Celtic images randomly all over the pocket and the pocket bordered using Memories Artprint Brown.

2. Next I applied colour using sponges from rainbow inkpads to add colour.

3. I trimmed off the excess part of the border on the pocket to fit card, then affixed it to the front of the card using double sided tape.

4. Highlights where added to the card using gold border and corner stickers.

5. Next I stamped a CD Label using Artprint Brown inkpad and applied inks with sponges to add colour.

6. Then I peeled the label from the sheet and affixed it to the printed side of the cd.

7. I like the look and texture of Gloss Modge Podge, so I applied a layer of this to the stamped cd to give it a shiny texture. And let it dry.

8. Once dry I placed the cd inside the pocket.

The card was complete.

Cd Pocket Cards With CD’s Removed

These kind of cards are perfect for bold outline stamps such as the goddess one I have used in the 2 samples on this page. The cards are created by making stencils from your stamped image which is then used with stenciling techniques to create the background of colour, then once youve applied your colour you stamp over the top! Easy to create and the colourful backgrounds look really stunning! With a little experimenting you could offset the stenciling and the stamping to recreate true arty looking cards!

Try it yourself and see!

Supplies Used For Creating Stencil Stamps:

  • White Card
  • Rubber Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Permanent Memories Inkpad: Black (Stewart Superior)
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Rainbow Dye Inkpad (I used Indian Summer Vivid)
  • Goddess Rubber Stamp Used By Era Graphics

General Card Making Supplies Needed

  • Card Blank
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Natural Mesh
  • Stamped Papers or Card Stock For Layering
  • Class A Peels Gold Letter Peel Off Border and Letter Tile Stickers


1. Stamp image onto white card stock with black inkpad. Place card onto rubber cutting mat and using the craft knife cut out the shape of the stamped image to create a stencil.

2. Take your homemade stencil and place it over a sheet of white card, hold in place securely with one hand (if you have problems doing this you may want to use repositional glue to help you).

3. Take the cosmetic sponges and rub colour from the dye inkpad within the exposed cut out stencil area. Continue until you have applied colour to the entire exposed surface area.

4. Remove the stencil, once ink has dried stamp over the top of the stencilled background using black inkpad. Dont worry about positioning the stamp exactly over the top of the stencilled area.

5. Trim off the area around your stamped stencilled image and mount onto card to finish

You can use both ordinary matt card and glossy card for this technique. I have used both in the 2 cards shown. The card at the top is stencilled on matt, and the one on the left is stencilled on gloss. The matt card has a softer colour blend where the gloss card creates a more striking colour burst.