Reported by Susan Reidy
While I enjoy crafting the standard A2 card, sometimes I like to “shape” it up. Who doesn’t want a heart card on Valentine’s Day, a onesie-shaped card to welcome a little one or a flower to say Happy Spring? Thanks to the downloadable, digital In Shape Templates by Papertrey Ink, creating shaped cards has gotten easier.
For $5, you receive four different shapes in a single theme, with each shape in several different formats. Themes currently available include Rock-a-bye Baby, Be My Valentine, Spring Fling, and Boys to Men, all created by the scrapbooking/cardmaking/designer extraordinaire Kim Hughes. For my examples, I used the Baby templates.
- A pdf with a shaped card base
- A solid outline and a mirror image of the outline as jpgs.
- A stitching template and a mirror image, also as jpgs.
- Some of the shapes will also include a card front image in pdf.
A great benefit of having these as electronic files is the ability to print as many as you want, directly onto the cardstock or patterned paper of your choice. So if you need to make invitations/announcements/thanks you, print more. If you make a mistake, print more. If your daughter steals your paper and does her homework on the other side, print more. You get the idea.
Truly, the options for using these templates are endless. Print the shaped card on cardstock or patterned paper, cut out, score and decorate. For the sailboat card above, I printed the card base on white cardstock and the card front on blue and kraft cardstock. I cut out all the pieces and assembled.
The printing lines are clear, making it easy to cut and the card base templates include handy arrows to show you were to score. The card fronts make it easy to paper piece your design. I cut my blue and tan pieces smaller to let some of the white card base show through, but the card front is actually sized to fit precisely on the card base.
There is a lot of cutting involved, so you will definitely want a sharp pair of scissors and/or a craft knife. Some of the cutting can be intricate, especially with the word-shaped cards.
Since the outline files are jpgs, you can resize them using photo editing software. Then you can use them as accents on cards, scrapbook pages, altered items, etc. Above, I resized the onesie using Photoshop Elements and printed it three times on pink cardstock. They are the perfect accent for a scrapbook page about my newborn daughter.
Overall, I think the templates are a great value. They’re simple to download and use, and you can use them over and over again. They make cute shaped cards as well as card accents and scrapbook page elements. They do involve cutting and some basic computer skills.
- Affordable at $5 a set.
- Lots of options, uses for each template.
- Digital file so you can print as many as you want, on whatever you want.
- Files can be resized to make accents, paper piecings.
- Simple to use.
- You need a computer and some basic skills to use, and photo editing software if you want to resize.
- Lots of cutting is involved, some of which can be intricate.
- Stitching guides are close together.
- I’d like to see some more themes introduced.
Have you used the In Shape templates? What do you think of them? We’d love to know.