A Way With Words

What’s on the Menu?!

August 4, 2018

Hi there!  It’s Suzanne here today with some fun and easy projects for the next time you have a dinner party or special dinner event – perhaps even a wedding!

It’s a wonderful touch to leave a copy of the menu at each place setting or to display a single copy in the middle of the table. Create a  tent-fold card with the word Menu die cut for the front and the list of food on the back or inside. So many possibilities!

The look can be rustic or elegant. I love the contrast between the kraft paper and the elegant white lettering, and with a single rose and pastel colors the look is totally different. The color combo is up to you!


Step 1 – For the rustic sample, cut a piece of kraft paper or lightweight cardstock to 8.5 x 11” (it needs to be a weight that can easily go through a computer printer).

Step 2 – Open a document in the computer and lay out the menu. (Yum!) Choose a simple font (sans serif is best) so the food items won’t compete with the formal lettering in the die cut words ‘Menu,’ but keep it bold enough to be seen against the brown background. Shown, a font I designed: Quietfire Design Chalkline Funk.

Step 3 – Center the items both vertically and horizontally. Leave plenty of room at the top to attach the die cut. Check your spelling and spacing! (Have you spotted my typo yet?) Print in black.

Step 4 – Die cut the word  Menu from white cardstock and use tiny pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to attach it to the menu.

Step 5 – Underline each row of type with a soapstone pencil in keeping with the handmade, rustic effect.

Step 6 – Trim down the menu if a smaller format is preferred. Use clothespin to hold the menu if hanging it on the table. (Shown: A re-purposed hand towel rack! For a large table, make a second menu and hang it on the other side of the rack.)


To create a more formal and delicate look, use White Soft Finish Cardstock for the background and  add the Long Stem Rose, also die cut from White SFC. Colour blend the die cuts with Distress Inks. A more formal font/typeface works well for this variation. Shown: Trajan Pro.


Another option for the formal look is to tent fold the menu, add the die cut to the outside and print the menu items inside.  Very special!

Where will your imagination take you?! Want to see the video tutorial? There are some additional tips and tricks. Here it is!

Happy creating, Suzanne


Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Kraft paper
Simple sans serif font – Quietfire Design Chalkline Funk
Formal font – Adobe Trajan Pro
Soapstone pencil
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick and Bundled Sage

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