Handmade Cards – Paper Cracker

Gloria Bastos is joined by Belinda Kangwa of Scrap Book direct and she’ll be sharing interesting techniques of card making. First, she introduces us to the iris technique and makes a card with a 3D effect and then later shows how to make a gift cracker that you can re-use.

Scrapbook Direct
Belinda Kangwa
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Paper Cracker


  • 1 sheet of patterned paper cut down to 6 ½” x 10”
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • A score and Trim board
  • Envelope punch board
  • 2 end caps to keep the contents inside from falling out,
  • A tag or die-cut for the sentiment or the name of the person you want to give the cracker to


  • Step 1:
    Start by opening the blade of the Score and Trim board and flipping the score guide over.
  • Step 2:
    Place the paper with the correct side (the side you want to be on the outside of the cracker) facing down and the shortest side at the top. Score on every inch – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. You will have a small
    edge left on the side of the paper, this is the edge you will use later to fasten the cracker together.
  • Step 3:
    Rotate the paper so that the longest side is at the top. Score at 1 ½” at 2” and at 2 ½”. Turn the paper around to the opposite side and repeat. Use the back of your scoring tool to flatten all the
    longest lines. You are now done with the Trim and Score board and will move over to the Envelope Punch Board.
  • Step 4:
    To the left of the punch are 2 rulers printed on the board. One is in inches and one is in centimeters. Locate the small lip of paper and hold that against your body so that you start the first punch in the correct spot. Insert the paper with the longest edge pressing against the ruler at the 2” measurement. Then punch.
  • Step 5:
    Fold the paper over on the first score line. Insert the paper underneath the punch and line it up with the 2” measurement. In other words you will have 2 pieces of paper to punch through. Then
    punch. Repeat the process until you have punched all the score lines including the little one. Flip the paper over and repeat the process on the opposite side.
  • Step 6:
    To create the concertina you need on both ends, you have to do the following:
    • Place the paper down with the wrong side facing towards you.
    • Use the inner-most score line and fold the paper away from you and flatten with your scoring tool.
    • Fold the paper back towards you on the middle line and flatten with your scoring tool.
    • Use the last score line to fold the paper away from you again and flatten.
    • When you open the lines you will have a perfect concertina mechanism.

  • Step 7:
    Flip the paper over so that the patterned side faces towards you and adhere 3 strips of double-sided tape. Remove the plastic cover from the double-sided tape and use the small lip to fasten the 2 sides together.
  • Step 8:
    Tie a ribbon around one of the edges and insert your chosen contents, seal it with a plastic cape and then tie the second piece a ribbon around the other side. The 2 end caps ensure that the contents do not fall out.
  • Step 9:
    Decorate the cracker as desired with flowers or a pretty tag, your cracker is now complete. Just remember this isn’t the kind of cracker you would use at Christmas time as you can’t pull it.