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Bridge Cards

Welcome! Today I am bringing back an old card design and giving it a fresh new look. These bridge cards can be made with any supplies and are simple to make!

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

Bridge cards are great when you want a special card that someone can put on display. In my video, I share the simple directions – be sure to watch it! All of today’s cards flatten and fit into an A2 envelope.

My first card is a landscape 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ bridge card. (The background piece is 4 1/4″ x 8″ and scored at 1 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ from each end.)

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I inked the background piece with my Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes, WPlus9 Dye Ink, and the Simon Says Stamp Clouds For Days Stencil for a soft look. All the stamped images are from the new-and-oh-so-cute WPlus9 Neighbors Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) and were colored with my Copic Markers.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you look closely, there is a second layer in there for added dimension. The trees in the background are attached to it. (This piece is 3 1/2″ wide and scored 1/4″ from each end.)

My next card is a portrait 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ bridge card. (The background piece is 5 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ from each end.)

I again used images from the WPlus9 Neighbors Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) and a sentiment from the WPlus9 Welcome Wreath Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) and Butterfly Mandala Stamp Set (SSS | WP9). The background features the amazzzzzing WPlus9 Stitched Ironworks Die (SSS | WP9). This die will be on my 2019 favorites list!

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you look closely, there a second layer with trees attached. (This piece is 3 1/4″ wide… scored at 1/4″ from each end.)

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is what it looks like from above…

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Oh… and I added Glossy Accents to the windows for shine.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card base was created in the same way. The front features a WPlus9 Welcome Wreath Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) wreath. I added a die cut banner (the die I used is discontinued – sorry – but the Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner Die is similar!) The “hello” die cut is from the WPlus9 Basic Greeting Die (SSS | WP9). This is an older set that I have used lots over the years! The white heat embossed sentiments are from the WPlus9 Welcome Wreath Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) also.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I attached the banner so it acted at the bridge across the card.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Isn’t that WPlus9 Welcome Wreath Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) wreath so pretty!?

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For a couple of my cards, I attached a top folding notecard to the back to hide my personal message. On the others, I just wrote my message directly on the back. Either way works great.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last two cards are just variations of the previous. In this case I used the WPlus9 Stitched Ironworks Die (SSS | WP9) on the background. I can’t get enough of that die! The label die cut is from the WPlus9 Onward & Upward Die Set (SSS | WP9) and all the stamps are from the WPlus9 Thinking of You Stamp Set (SSS | WP9).

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

These cards just have one layer of bridge. You can see here the impression the WPlus9 Onward & Upward Die (SSS | WP9) makes on the outside edge of the white die cut.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And my last card is very similar, but a landscape version.

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This time I used my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System (SSS | SB) to foil with the WPlus9 Onward & Upward Die (SSS | WP9). Adds a great touch!

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And by the way, all of today’s cards flatten and fit nicely into an A2 envelope!

Bridge Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I would love to see any bridge card designs you create. Share them on instagram with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the WPlus9 products and the products with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

WPlus9 Neighbors Stamp Set
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Neighbors Dies
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Welcome Wreath Stamp Set
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Thinking of You Stamp Set
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Butterfly Mandala Stamp Set
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Onward and Upward Stamp Set
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Onward & Upward Dies
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Stitched Ironworks Die
[ WPL | SSS ]
WPlus9 Basic Greeting Dies
[ WPL | SSS ]
Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banner Dies
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Clouds For Days…
[ SSS ]
WPlus9 Dye Ink
[ WPL ]
*Altenew Obsidian Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes
[ SSS ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Bazzill Rose Quartz Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Scor-Buddy
[ SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
*Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
[ SSS | SPL ]
Glimmer Hot Foil Rolls
[ SSS | SPL ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn 1/4″ Double Sided Tape
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS ]
Mini Glossy Accents
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
EK Success Tweezers
[ SSS ]


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33 thoughts on “Bridge Cards”

  1. Hi Jennifer. I love your cards and this looks like a fun technique. I really enjoy your videos. Thanks.

  2. Hi Jennifer!!! Thank you ,once again for teaching and inspiring me. This design is very exciting! I had been wondering what to do with my annual Halloween card, and now, I visualize ghosts and pumpkins on this design! Boooooo! Woo-hoo!!

  3. Awesome cards Jennifer and great technique. At the moment I saw this I thought that this would be an awesome technique for Christmas/winter cards. Thank you so much for your time and effort to showing this, have a great weekend.

  4. Wonderful video, Jennifer. Lovely cards – thanks for the inspiration. I’m always looking for techniques that look fabulous, but are simple to put together. I teach a card making class for our local cancer support centre and this will be perfect for the participants in my class. Thanks so much.!

  5. These bridge cards are just the “oomph” I needed to brighten up my cards! So many uses and your directions are always so easy to follow. Thank you SO much!!
    Pam

  6. Always enjoy learning something new from you, Jennifer…and this one is especially fun. You’ve given such a helpful video tutorial to follow…makes it look so easy, yet so special to whomever received these cards. tfs

  7. Before this tutorial I made one of these per someone’s directions and it wouldn’t flatten properly. So, glad to have the exact measurements to make it a success. Thanks again for all you do.

  8. Awesome bridge card I love this design and will try to use it in the future. Thanks for another great video detailing all the steps

  9. These are so cute and a nice way to bring an interactive element when I don’t feel up to pulling out all of the specialty dies. Looking forward to watching the video tutorial.

  10. Oh my gosh, these are the best cards1 I love your coloring & I love these cards! However, I don’t have a a die cutter so I’m guessing I can’t make any of these cards. Darn it!
    Happy Birthday, Jen! Kathy said it’s your birthday & she made you a card. I wanted to make you a card too but I don’t have your address. So, since I can’t send you a card, I can say “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Jennifer, Happy Birthday to you1”
    Thank you for showing us your really cool cards!

  11. Thank You! I can’t wait to try this technique. I was glad you showed how you chose between the two words. Sometimes we need a little help making decisions.

  12. Thank you for sharing your ideas Jennifer – the options here are so interesting – I’m keen to give them a go! I always love your clear explanations, and your choices of stamp, ink and colours!

  13. Love these cards the homes are my favorite, thanks for showing me how to do this I have some cards to make and I think I will give this a try.

  14. Such a fantastic idea. I always love a unique card design that is so versatile and this one fits the bill. I can see this being made using many different dies and for all occasions. Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips Jennifer!

  15. Hi Jennifer. Just an FYI. For sometime now, i have preferred the look of dies cut on the line. I must be that one in a million. I find the stark white border a bit unnatural, especially florals. I discovered that blending the base color over the white edge softened that stark look and appealed to me. I think it also softens the blend of the various colors used in multi step stamping. I find the blender brushes work best for me. As creative as you are, I’m guessing you have already thought of this. I just have never seen anyone do this on a video. BTW, i am a huge fan and so enjoy your videos and creativity.

  16. These are super! Your choice of stamps and dies and your coloring are always amazing. There is something about a fancy fold card, even a simple one like this, that adds such a “Wow!” to a card. Love it! Thank you!

  17. Fantastic new step up on a traditional type of card. Always enjoy learning from your video’s. Thank you for taking the time to design & present these videos, it’s much appreciated x Have a great week x

  18. Hi Jennifer,
    I love your videos and the wealth of inspiration. One question, do the dies you use all work in a Spellbinder Platinum 6?
    Thanks, Vickie

  19. Wow, so much impact from such a (relatively) simple bit of paper mechanics! I’ve been into box cards lately, and this bridge card concept has all of that 3-D appeal but in a more conventional card size/shape (and with fewer steps!). I really appreciate you showing how you built in the extra bridges and the tips about auditioning the placement of elements before sticking them down permanently. Thanks for another inspiring video!

  20. What great ideas. I can not tell you how much I appreciate you sharing the measurements for cards like this! This makes it possible for even me to be able to attempt these cards! LOL! Thanks for knowing the rest of us would struggle.

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