One Sheet Wonder 12×12

One Sheet Wonder 12×12

kristie sloan one sheet wonder 12x12The One Sheet Wonder is not my original idea. It is not a new idea. However it is still a WONDERful idea! The concept is to take one sheet of paper and cut it so that you are able to use the many pieces to decorate quite a few cards from just a single sheet. I guess it makes you “wonder” how you could make so many cards with just one piece! When you use a double sided sheet of patterned paper, you can really take advantage of how many looks you can create.

This is the perfect plan for a sheet of paper that you are saving for something special because you feel like it is too fabulous to cut up. By using this method, you can get great mileage from that loved piece of paper!

There are many variations of the One Sheet Wonder. Some people like to cut a piece of colored card stock in the exact same way, so that they have even more options. I have even heard of using two coordinating double-sided sheets, and one each of two coordinating solid colors, for making an incredible number of cards. I hope I’m not confusing you!

My mother recently told me she had depleted her set of cards my daughter had given her, which had been made with this method. I decided I would make another set for her.

While looking through my paper I looked at this sheet and noticed how many things it had already printed on the sheet and wondered how it might work. I had never seen anything except an all-over print used for a one sheet wonder set of cards. I grabbed it along with 2 sheets of coordinating card stock.skylark lagoon pear

Although it was double sided, I wasn’t sure how much I would use the second side, because the front side had so much to select from. However, there was the little bonus decorative strip I could cut off and use in some way.

skylark double sided
Here are both sided of the decorative paper

I decided to just use a cream card stock so they would be easy to write on the inside and easy to see. My mom’s sight is not like it once was, and I knew using colored card stock would be difficult to see her writing. I didn’t want to have to cut liners for each card. Plus, by using the cream card stock for the base, she could write on the entire inside of the card instead of on one side if I added liners. (I really don’t know if that is what you could call them. I know envelopes can have liners!) I used 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, cut in half to make two cards per sheet. You can actually find a great value back of cards and envelopes at the bottom of this post.

Only 2 ink pads were used for stamping and inking any edges, Pear and Chocolate.  A variety of stamps were used for the sentiments. The inside is blank on each card.

Here are the cards I came up with using embossing folders, punches and bits of ribbon, etc.

kristie sloan skylark 14 card one sheet wonder

Here you can see each one larger by clicking on the card image:

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 1

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 2

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 3

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 4

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 5

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 14
A bit of gesso over the stamping on the right, helped tone it down a bit. Details hand drawn on the flower and leaves done with fine line pen.

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card6 Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 7 Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 8

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 9
Decorative strip from the back side of the paper added this card.
Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 13
Embossed card front and glitter tape made this a quick card. Stamping added to the punched heart.

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card

Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 12
Embossed edge was hand cut along the scalloped border.
Kristie Sloan one sheet wonder card 10
This card has a diagonal piece of the paper, and then was stamped over the entire card front.


Here are basic cutting dimensions. Keep scrolling for cut files!

One Sheet Wonder 12x12 cutting guide

If you’d like to have all the dimensions of the mats for these particular designs, let me know in the comments or over on FaceBook. I will gladly supply the measurements if there are people interested!  Update: See this post for more specifics and mat dimensions.

Click on these envelope sets to purchase from my Close to My Heart store!

Cheers to YOUR creativity!



15 Responses to One Sheet Wonder 12×12

  1. You are super creative and talented Kristie! I love this idea and it would make a great gift pack. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • How sweet of you, Betty! (I’m blushing.) I thought about all the gelli prints some of us are doing and can hardly wait to do the 8.5 x 11″ version! I’ll share when it’s ready!

  2. Thank you so much for this template. However, I cannot determine how you set it up to cut the Skylark paper and make the cards you displayed. I would love to recreate all 14 of your samples, but I need some cutting assistance, please. Thanks again for sharing your artistry.

    • Ann, if you will allow me a day or so, I’ll go back and look at them and arrange that template to match. I cut mine by hand and I know I swapped a couple around. You have a good point, though! I’m sure there are people who still have the Skylark paper and may be thinking the same thing you are!

  3. This is such a great idea! I’d looked at the Skylark paper too and seen so much in it, but have been so overwhelmed with other stuff. I’d love more info on how to re-create your cards, so that I don’t have to think it all through, if you don’t mind. I just love your cards and all that you got out of the paper ;- ) Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Debbie, I’m going to shuffle the cut files to match that Skylark page. Also, there has been an interest in the dimensions of the mats, so I will work those two things out and share them! I’m glad you like them.

  4. Hi Kristie, I was trolling Pinterest and noticed your OSW ideas and wondered if you could possibly send me the dimensions for the mats for the cards that you designed back in August, I would really appreciate it. I don’t have an electronic cutting machine yet, otherwise I would gladly pay the small amount that you have requested for the cutting files. I love the colours and the designs that you used and would love to have a go at these cards myself. This will be my first attempt. I hope that this is not too much trouble. Regards Janet Carey

  5. I would love to have the dimensions for the mats also, I can not wait to start making the cards
    thank you so much

  6. I am hoping you still look at these post; do you have the svg file for the one sheet wonder 14 cards setup? If yes, could I get it emailed to me – I do not see it on the blog page. Thanks

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