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Friday, 14 June 2013

"Serendipity" Squares Card Tutorial

June 14th 2013

Sharon aka Ms June with a fun tutorial for you today!


NOTE: I work in Metric so my measurements are in centimetres (2 and a half centimetres is approximately 1 inch).

Step 1
The first step is to make the “Serendipity” Squares. Gather some old book pages or old sheets of music – I’ve used a kit from Vintage Page Designs along with some of my own stash. You will also need a piece of white card approx 15cm x 21cm (this will give you enough squares for several cards).

Using a glue stick tear small pieces from the book pages and glue over the white card – overlap the edges as you can trim the edges once finished. Cover the entire piece of card.

Now trim the overlapping edges to neaten and give you your base to cut the squares from.

Step 2
Prepare your base card. The size of my base card is 15cm x 21cm FOLDED IN HALF. 

Step 3
Next we need to prepare all our “elements” to put the card together – a photo below shows all the bits & pieces!
You will need a piece of another co-ordinating card that will match the base card and cut to size 9.5cm X 14cm.
You will also need to cut 6 squares at a size of 4cm x 4cm: 3 from your book pages collage sheet and 3 from another plain coloured card
Then you need 6 squares  at a size of 3.3cm x 3.3cm: again 3 from your book pages collage and 3 from the plain coloured card.
Next & most importantly you need a gorgeous BOMBSHELL STAMPS Image - I have used "Bombshell Angel" & "Fun & Flirty Digital Images" for her dress!
My image has been coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut as I think cutting the image out gives a better effect,
You will also need a piece of ribbon or braid approx 10cm long.
A scrap piece of tulle or muslin in a matching colour.
Finally a little flower or matching embellishment, fibres, charms etc.

Step 4
I like to attach all my elements to the 9.5cm x 14cm card BEFORE I attach it to the base card as you can see below I layer all the squares (the 6 larger squares have the 6 smaller squares adhered to them) and then they are adhered to the large piece of card evenly spaced.

Note: I like to “brush” the edges of each of the squares and 9.5cm x 14cm card with a co-ordinating ink pad to add some colour and texture.

Then you can add the ribbon or braid to the bottom half of the assembled squares. Place a scrap of tulle behind the image – this looks best if it has a messy look to it and attach to the side of the card!! And finally add the flower/fibre/charm to the top.

Step 5
The last step is to attach your completed elements to the base card – and hey presto you have a beautiful “Serendipity” Card.

  1. Before cutting your book pages collage into squares you can “stamp” over it with co-ordinating colours and matching stamps. Basic floral stamps look good.
  2. You can add a sentiment instead of the flower or any embellishment.
  3. You can also make your serendipity squares from coloured and patterned paper instead of book pages.


  1. Hey Sharon - what a great tutorial, thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Great tutorial. This card is beautiful, I love how you made the squares.