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Lightbulb Aperture Card

by Hannah Oxberry

Looking for an eye-catching way to brighten up someone’s day? This stylish lightbulb aperture card is sure to do the trick! Created using a paired back colour palette for maximum impact, this bright and beautiful card is perfect for any occasion!

  • Papercraft
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate

You Will Need:

  • Craft UK 200 Mixed White Cards and Envelopes Bundle
  • Lynda's Chapman's World of Paper Smooth White Card 250 x A4 sheets 250gsm
  • Lynda Chapman's World of Paper Bright Collection - 100 Sheets of A4 210gsm
  • 5 Sheets of A4 Parchment
  • Create and Craft A4 Pack of 30 Clear Project Acetate Sheets
  • Cutterpillar Crop Paper Trimmer
  • Permanent Black Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Create and Craft Pack of 17 Mixed Size Double Sided Tape
  • Stix2 Set of 12000 Adhesive Foam Pads
  • Rare Earth Load N Fold Solid and Frame Stamping Tool
  • Visible Image Stamp Set
  • Hunkydory Adorable Scoreboard and Crafting Handbook Multibuy
  • Heat Tool
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 Machine


  1. Select your stamped image around which you will build your card design. For this project, I have chosen “Shine Bright” by Visible Image, but you can use your own chosen stamps.

    From your pack of card blanks, take a 7”x 5” card blank and put it in the Load N Fold, ensuring the edges of the card line up with the edges of the Load N Fold base. Centre your stamp on the card blank, and close the Load N Fold to pick up the stamp; ink up the stamp and close to transfer the image. Leave the stamp in position within the Load N Fold.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  2. Once the ink is dry, position the card blank on to your ScanNCut mat, and scan the image.

    On the ScanNCut screen, adjust the cut line so it will cut 5mm around the edge of the stamp. Cut out the image, save the cut data to the machine, and unload your mat.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  3. To build the layers of your aperture, you will need to cut your mats and layers; we are working with a colour scheme of white, yellow and black. You will need a yellow card layer first measuring 6 ¾“ x 4¾“ and a white card layer measuring 6 ½“ x 4 ½”. Trim these layers using a paper trimmer.

    Position these on the ScanNCut mat so the image will cut centrally, and cut the aperture out of these layers. Repeat this process for a second 6 ½” x 4 ½” layer in white card. Set these layers to one side.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  4. Cut a piece of acetate to 7”x 5” and position this in the Load N Fold, ink your stamp with a permanent black ink, and transfer your image. By leaving the stamp in place, you ensure it will be in the correct position - keeping your stamped image central to the aperture!

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  5. Next, we build the inserts for your card. Cut a piece of yellow card, and a layer of parchment, both measuring 9 ½” x 4 ½”. Score the centre of both pieces using your Adorable Scoreboard.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  6. Create your sentiment for the inside of the card. I have used words from the same Visible Image stamp set. Again, to ensure the sentiment is aligned - use the Load N Fold. Once stamped, sprinkle the ink with clear embossing powder and heat to set.

    Mount your sentiment on a layer of yellow card stock to continue the colour scheme of the card..

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  7. Use thin red line tape to fix the parchment to the yellow cardstock so the central score lines line up. Fix the sentiment in place too.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  8. Trim the acetate and mount it, stamp upwards, aligned in the aperture of one of the white cards. This white layer will be your base layer and will hide the construction of the card.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  9. Next, mount your mats and layers to the front of the card using double sided tape, aligning the apertures. Fix the inside of the card with the acetate and white card, ensuring the stamped image shows through the front of the card correctly.

    Mount this using foam pads to give the card depth.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

  10. Fix the inner layers of the card, using thin red line tape, lining the spines to ensure the card closes smoothly. To finish, tie a length of yellow twine along the spine of the card and knot in a bow.

    Lightbulb Aperture Card

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