Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tutorial for Handmade Cardmaking: Personalized Lab Coat Card for Doctors

I enjoyed my first attempt to card making (here it is), I thought I will try to make an another. This card is for my twin sister who always sends me beautiful cards from Turkey. Mehpare, my sister, is a doctor and currently doing her residency at a hospital southeast of Turkey as a physical therapy and rehabilitation specialist. I saw this card on the web and thought it will be perfect for her: shaped as a white lab coat.

Whether you already make your own cards or just a beginner like me, this personalized lab coat card is doable. It took me two tries to get it right since all I had a photo of it but, I have all the instructions for you with detailed measurements in case you would like to try to make one as well.

Materials: Scissors, A4 size white paper, one white button, adhesive, colored paper of your choice, pencil, ruler, eraser, printer for name tag printing (optional)

Step 1: Fold the A4 sized white paper from both sides in a way that the width is a total of 5" and the two front closures overlap by 1" as shown in the photo #1.

Step 2: Cut the paper vertically to 6". You can make it longer if you are using a large envelope.

Step 3 and 4: Mark 1" from the top and 2 inches from the bottom of the rectangular on each of the two closures, using a pencil.

Step 5: Fold the corner so that the corner will meet on the pencil marks at the top and the bottom. This will be the collar of the lab coat.

Step 6: Apply the same folding technique on the other side. Your card should look like the photo #6.

Step 7: Mark 1" from each corner of the collar with a pencil.

Step 8: Draw a horizontal line from the left corner of the collar to the right as shown in dotted lines below.

Step 9: Cut the squares. Then, draw another line from the bottom end of the collar to where the line in step #8 touches.

 Step 10: Cut the small triangle that is left on the right of the dotted line you draw in step #9.

Step 11: Embellish your card by adding a pocket, putting the button, name tag and the stethoscope.

Step 12: Fill the inside of the card with your warmest wishes and mail/give it to that special person...

I have used materials and papers I already had home. I even re-purposed a paint chip for the red pen and a thick brand tag from a jean for the gray paper for the stethoscope. The black paper is cut from a folder I also had at home.

Tip: You can use this tutorial to make a card for anyone that wears uniform at work: scientists, nurses, chefs,  or doctors.
I have already filled my card and will mail it on Monday. I cannot wait to have it delivered to my sister. Hope you enjoyed this DIY. Please let me know if you decide to make it or have any questions.  


  1. Thank you for this cute tutorial -- my card will go to a just graduated veterinarian!

  2. Thanks so much for this. I tried to make one without measurements. Didn't turn out to well. My sweetie has been dealing with treatments and procedures after procedure since last October. So I've been looking for cards for all the nurses and docs that saved his life. So when I go home from the hospital today, I'll make a few to get started. TFS. Hugs, Jessica

  3. The card looks great! Do you think you could make a video of how to make it?

  4. I think making a video is a great idea because I find there are missing steps.

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  6. Just came across this card on Pinterest. I am so thankful you posted the instructions. Thank you!

  7. i juz did one. to show appreciation to my doctor. I din follow the measurement, but it turns out well. it looks pretty n is very easy to do

  8. Some Images of this tutorial has been banned, please reload I am very interested in make it!

  9. I used this and do appreciate the idea however the instructions were pretty confusing. I ended up making my own template and am happy with the result. Thanks for the idea!

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  12. Thanks for Sharing. just made one for my niece. Looks great.

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  14. Niece is in Med school. Saw this, thought it would make an awesome birthday card. Thanks for instructions

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