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See-Through Seating Cards

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2006


The cards are cut from card stock and embellished with easy-to-find craft supplies -- a rotary cutter with scallop and zigzag blades, and decorative punches. For edging, cut four lengths of trim to match foam-board backing plus 1/4 inch; at corners, cut 45-degree angles, and stitch together with 1/8-inch seam allowance. Cover board with cotton faille; tape to back. With fabric glue, secure trim to board at outside edge; slip in frame with glass removed.



  • Japanese screw punch

  • Utility knife

  • Flower craft punch

  • Glue stick

  • Card stock

  • Rotary cutter with scalloping and pinking blades

  • Cutting mat


  1. Stack four sheets of 3 1/2-by-11-inch card stock face down, and staple close to the edge at one end to keep the stack from shifting. Use ruler and pencil to lightly mark horizontal cutting lines at 11/2-inch intervals. Next, mark a vertical line along one edge (5/16 inch in), where holes for the eyelet cutouts will go.

  2. With a rotary cutter fitted with a scalloping or pinking blade, trim off edge of card stock, cutting through all layers. Using the Japanese screw punch, embellish edge with holes along marked vertical line. We used round punches in different sizes and a diamond-border punch to create the various looks.

  3. Write guests' names on cards (or have calligraphed). With a utility knife, cut out cards along horizontal lines.

  4. To create stands for seating cards, punch flower shapes from card stock. Bend back one petal, and affix to back of card with glue stick.

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