How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collage Card Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 Let it Bee for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial was inspired by YOU!  Several of you mentioned that you struggle when it comes to making a collage style card.  So I thought it might be fun to take a Throwback Thursday and share some of my tips and processes with you.  Now, I know that Graphic 45’s Let it Bee has not been languishing in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  It was, however, still on my desk after our Tuesday Tutorial session.  And because my crafting ( and life) philosophy is “use what is in front of you” I decided to use it again.  I hope you won’t mind!   So, grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Collage Card Tips and Tricks

Let me start by saying that I really, really like creating collage style cards. Oh, you are not sure what a collage style card is, you say?  Well, take a moment and check out this excellent article.  It explains things clearly and gives a great breakdown of the 4 types of collage art.  My collage style cards would fall under the category of being an assemblage. In an assemblage, An assemblage combines 3-D items, found objects and paper in an artistic composition.  I think of it as combining images and elements to tell a story, evoke a feeling, or prompt a memory.  Almost everything I create would fall into this category.

Although I don’t consider myself an expert, I do seem to have a natural ability to compose these little vignettes. Here are some simple guidelines you can make note of:

  • First, try to create  within an invisible triangle on your card.  I’ll talk more about this in the video tutorial.  But the human eye will follow the lines of a triangle so that all the details will be taken in.
  • Next, echo shapes within your collage.  For instance, in my card, I used a lot of circles:  a bottle cap, a clock, the chipboard, and even the sunflowers in the patterned paper are all basically circles.  This creates a feeling of harmony.
  • Then I like to create in themes.  Bees, sewing, nature, butterflies…having a cohesive theme really helps to make a collage make sense.
  • Overlap elements within your invisible triangle, or at least have them touch.
A Peek Inside

Let it Bee is such a happy collection!  And making this slimline trifold card made me super happy!

Can you believe I put 5 pockets inside this card?  That might be a new record!

All those pockets gave me lots of room for cute tags, journal cards and even a bookmark!

Throwback Thursday How to  Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create the cover of this Let it Bee Slimline Collage card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

Did you enjoy this little class on collage composition?  I hope you found some tips that will help you the next time you put together your next collage card.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





11 thoughts on “How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial

  1. Joni E

    What a cheerful card! Love the colors and of course all the pockets. Thank you again for sharing your incredible talent with us.

  2. Claire Gagne

    How do you do it Kathy, it’s beyond me. I just love how you did explain on how to add items to our cards. When you do it, it looks pretty simple. I haven’t been at it as long as you have, but I always love your projects. The tip on adding the 1/4″ was also helpful. Maybe if purchased a paper pad and used only that knowing that it all coordinates, I may be ok. Time will tell. Be well, be safe & TYFS

  3. Susan Steele

    Luv, luv, luv’n your beautiful Bee collage card! Thank you …I sure can’t get enough of these papers! And this is a most important tutorial on collaging images together …thank you Kathy for your limitless information! Just luv these papers so much …just had to order some! Throwback Thursday is another great inspiration! Thanks so much for the tutorial and all those pockets …lol! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Laura Clark

    I appreciate your collage tips and it will be a definite help in designing my cards. I knew about the triangle theory but having everything touch to help focus and tell the story was a new concept for me. I also love the addition of the mustard seeds! What a great way to add real nature to the cover look. Thank you so much (again)!!!

  5. Vickie McCubbin

    Thank you, Kathy! I always love seeing your creations. I really enjoyed watching your process. I love collage but struggle with it. Thanks for the great tips. Making elements touch was a great take away for me today.

  6. soozyb2013

    Tri-fold packed with yumminess and those papers again! Great card Kathy and yes, I think 5 is a record 🙂 Enjoy your Thursday!

  7. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, I am in awe of how you put things together in your collage cards. I have always loved collage but simply have no talent for it. Your design on this card and your video is greatly appreciated! This card is absolutely magical to me. I love looking at every little element you have added. And of course the wonderful bee theme takes it over the top for me! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  8. Crafts by: Cathy Marie

    This is just beautiful! You are so creative, talented and inspiring. Thank you for always sharing all your AWESOME ideas!

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