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How to Make 14 Unique Cards From Just 1 Sheet of Patterned Paper

Need to create a set of cards in a flash? The “One Sheet Wonder” is a technique used to create a number of cards from just one sheet of patterned paper. It’s an easy, quick way to create several cards to have on hand or wrap with a pretty bow as a gift for a friend.

Photo of 14 completed cards using the One Sheet Wonder technique.

Quickly and easily create 14 amazing cards using just one favorite sheet of patterned paper and the One Sheet Wonder technique.

The single sheet of patterned paper provides portions to be used on cards, so in addition to the patterned paper, you will need card bases along with any matting card stock, adhesives, stamps and/or dies desired to complete your designs.

Creating your own One Sheet Wonder

While there are many One Sheet Wonder layouts to be found on the Internet, creating your own is quite easy.

My goal was to create a set of everyday cards to include themes such as birthday, sympathy, congrats, thinking of you and “just because.” In my stash, I found a lovely sheet of 12″ x 12″ floral patterned paper appropriate for each of these occasions.

Sketching the layout

On a piece of printer paper, I drew a large square then marked the half-way points on each side to use as visual guides. As I created the design, I labeled each section to correspond with a card layout, which I also “loosely” sketched below. Having a rough idea of card design and assigning pieces to designated layouts speeds along the creative and production processes once all pieces are cut.

Preliminary hand drawn sketch of One Sheet Wonder layout

Refining the layout

Here is a cleaned-up version of my cut lines and card templates.

One Sheet Wonder Layout>

While one of the goals of the One Sheet Wonder is to create cards with no patterned paper waste, I had a very small rectangle left unused (1¼” x¼” noted in orange above).

Layout Samples Final

How to cut your One Sheet Wonder

Step 1:

Cut along the horizontal lines first. (Note darker lines in diagram above.)

Step 1: Cut horizontal lines first

Step 2:

Begin cutting along the vertical measurements. I found it helpful to turn each piece over as I moved across the first section, labeling each piece to correspond with the sketched card layouts.

Step 2: Begin to cut vertical pieces

Step 3:

Continue cutting across the first horizontal block.

Step 3: Top horizontal block cut and labelled

Step 4:

Continue until all pieces are cut and labelled.

Step 4: Completed sheet cut and labelled

Step 5:

Finish cards as desired.

I now have 14 amazing cards on hand to use as needed.

Step 5: Finish cards as desired (photo 1)Step 5: Finish cards as desired (photo 2)

One Sheet Wonder tips

1. Keep it simple. Cut and assembly time will increase if the layout includes many small pieces.

2. Use paper with a non-directional patterns. Some patterns of stripes, images or text will limit the directional use of each piece and complicate the process.

3. If using a one-sided pattern, you can lightly mark your layout’s measurements on the back side. By using double-sided patterned paper, the design options increase with the ability to mix and match the two patterns on one or more cards.

4. As each section is removed, mark with a letter or number to correspond with each individual card layout.

5. If designing your own One Sheet Wonder, check your math before cutting. Ensure that all measurements along the sides add up to the overall dimensions of the patterned paper.

6. While designing your layout, take small borders into account. While some of the pieces in my layout extend from one edge of the card base to the other, many include a small border around the paper.

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sandie carter

Thank you so much for this great OSW tutorial. Love your finished cards.

Michele Boyer

Thank you!

Sandi Webbq

These are really awesome. What company are the stamps from?
Thanks. Sandi Webb


This is wonderful. I can’t wait to start cutting and assembling.

Michele Boyer

Thanks! 🙂

Libby Dudding

Can you share the font type you used to create the greetings? Thanks.

Michele Boyer

Hi Libby. I used a few stamp and die sets from Simon Says Stamp – “Sending and Wishing” (with coordinating dies) and Prayers stamp and die set.

Paula B.

I L.O.V.E. these! Thank you so much for sharing!

I coordinate a card ministry in our church and in addition to supplying handmade greeting cards for people to use (free of charge) to bless and encourage others, we also send out birthday and anniversary greetings to people in the church and small community. Our monthly card-making workshop needs to be very productive in order to get 60-80 cards completed in 3 hours by the 7-10 ladies who come.
Your OSW template is a God-send – can’t wait to share it with the ladies tomorrow and see what we accomplish!

Michele Boyer

That’s awesome! I’ve also seen the cards created without matting the patterned pieces. The cards are still beautiful and I’m sure put together a little more quickly. Just an idea. Please let me know how it goes! Thanks for your note! 🙂


If we want to mat them how do we know the measurements? Sorry new to cutting my own paper.

Michele Boyer

Laurie, no worries! That’s a good question. The measurements listed are for the patterned pieces. Once those were cut, I laid each on the black card stock and cut the mat (black card stock) just a little bigger, leaving an equal border on each side (or no border where applicable). I hope that helps. 🙂

Jo Ann F.

Thank you for this awesome tutorial with excellent pictures!

Michele Boyer

Thank you so much!


So glad you found this post helpful! Your cards are great!! 🙂


Thank you. This is such a great idea!


Ty so much for the help.

Terri Scott - terriavidreader

Crazy Paper Chick did a video with your idea, and I was inspired. thank you so much for having figured this out. I hope to make a few sets to give as presents during this upcoming year. What a great idea.

Angela Teagle

Love this, the patterned paper is GORGEOUS who is it by? Thank you, Angela

Michele Boyer

The paper was purchased from Michaels some time ago. I’m not sure if they still have it. I really like it too! Thanks, Angela!

Liz Osburn

I was wondering the size of your cards…I have some blanks, but the pieces are pretty small…they don’t fit edge to edge like some of your cards…and I know I followed cutting directions…got all the pieces off the one sheet of paper.

Michele Boyer

All of my cards are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I hope that helps. 🙂


Thank you for sharing this ….


Where is this stamp from? I love it.

Michele Boyer

The sentiment stamps and dies are available from Simon Says Stamp.

Jess E

Lovely! Thank you for sharing and giving such clear directions and pictures!

Jo Bernhardt

Measurements listed: great. Instructions listed: great. That it says: finish as desired.
Unless I missed it, there are no instructions on how to cut the nice black frame around the OSW template sizes. Is it a 1/16 inch frame, 1/8 inch frame? Do you have any tips for cutting the black to minimize waste etc.?

Perfect article, except for that missing information. I see these templates online and the frame information is never included. I am a newbie so this information would help. Thank you.

Sharon M

Your cards are lovely and I see many variations are available. The tutorial was very helpful too. What did you use to type up your cleaned up version template and the diagrams below it? I love handing out diagrams for easy reference.

Sue Brown

Hi Michele, just found your layout design. Just wondering what size card blanks you have used? I like in the UK and wondered if a 6×4” card would work, this a standard size in the UK l know the card sizes are different in the USA.

Karen from Wisconsin

My first new tutorial for 2019. Thank you SO VERY MUCH for sharing this with us card makers. Your directions are so clear. Looking forward to trying this. Read all your responses to the comments and found additional helpful info there also. Have a GREAT NEW YEAR of crafting.

Rhonda Miller

Thank you for sharing this. It will help with some cards I need to get done soon.

Eva Turski

Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. Very easy to follow and I love the look of the cards. When looking are the words on the cards and read some of the responses from others, realised that I downloaded years ago and have never used free fonts. I know there are a lot of unusual shaped fonts in there that will be perfect for these cards. Thank you once again.


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