Monday, December 20, 2010

Making Your Own Cards

As I go to post, I realize, as always, that I ought to have taken pictures of THE PROCESS. In this case, the process of making-your-own-card from wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, any paper, really, that you think is pretty. (Next time, next time, there will be more pictures...)

Meanwhile, the reason for this card-making session is because, while tightening down the belt on our budget, I became outraged at how fast one can blow $20 on cards, at one time, for merely 4 people for birthdays, special occasions, or whatever. And the cold, hard fact is that those witty, endearing cards are eventually going to be tossed. B/c who can save a lifetime of cards?

I have some truly great vintage wrapping paper, that my mother graciously shared with me; and this is what I chose to use for this particular card. Creative license is very freeing and in my case I did not mail this one, so dimensions did not matter; but if you wish to mail yours, keep in mind typical card sizes, so that you don't have to pay for extra postage.

Now, all you need is:

-your decorative paper of choice
-plain paper for the "liner", this what you will write or type your message on
-sewing machine or needle and thread

Cut two squares or rectangles; one from the plain paper, and one from the decorative paper. Line them up, right sides facing out, and sew. Yes, sew. Sew it up just like you would a straight seam on fabric with your sewing machine, with 1/4" seam allowance, all the way around the edges.

This must be done slowly and gently, and manually turn the dial to carefully backstitch or stitch in place to knot your threads at the starting and stopping places.

Also, you could sew by hand, with larger stitches for a more homespun look.

If you are lacking the witty or endearing comments which are the qualities that said-store-bought cards possess..."google" some online cards for ideas, which can be a great starting point to get the sentiments flowing.

And there it is for today.

Oh, and this really does not take any more time, (less actually, and less aggravation) than a trip to a store for cards. No standing in indecisive angst, squeezed into the card aisle with other impatient shoppers bumping you...

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