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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fun Personalized Note Cards | Family Economics

By Cathe

It’s very simple to create custom, personalized note cards!

personalized note cards

Supplies:
• Cut-out graphics
• Blank note cards & envelopes
• Desktop printer
• Sewing machine

1. You can purchase pre-folded note cards and envelopes at most craft stores or online. custom faux apparal tagsI buy mine in bulk from a local printing and paper supply house.

2. Keeping the dimensions of the cards in mind, cut images from books as well as pages of text to use as backing sheets.

3. To make custom faux apparel tags, type and copy a name multiple times and spaced well apart and print onto a sheet of paper.

images for cards4. You may choose to color the names to match your book graphics.

5. Once printed, cut and fold the tags just below the name.

6. With a small piece of clear tape, attach the faux tag from behind to the top graphic piece then layer them onto a backing sheet for sewing. Backing sheets are not necessary, but create another layer of visual interest. You can use text pages from the book, old index cards, even an old library card if you’re lucky to find one in a book. layer and stitch

7. With pieces sandwiched together, using your sewing machine, stitch around the top graphic piece catching the faux tag under the stitching.

8. Overlap the end of your stitches just a bit as you complete the square. You will find it much easier to later attach these pieces to your card rather than sewing directly to the card, as the card may bend or fold when manipulating through the limited area under your sewing machine arm.

glue to front of blank note cards9. Glue pieces to the front of blank note cards with paper glue, or as I prefer, all-purpose spray adhesive.

10. Slightly bend the faux tag up just a bit to create dimension.

These note cards make terrific personalized gifts for friends and family. Or, make a large set of various designs for to keep on hand for your own correspondence.

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On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, Annie from North Carolina wrote

Fabulous , I will make Christmas gifts for friends

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, kayMI wrote

these are wonderful....love them very much Please show ideas for buttons...I have recieved and inherited a ton

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Donna from Western MA wrote

Cathe, I L-O-V-E this idea! Now I know why I've been buying children's books from 60's and 70's. The colors and graphic style appeal to me, probably because these were the books I learned from. I always enjoy your helpful tips, thanks, Donna

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, RosieB wrote

Great idea!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, JThomas wrote

Darling idea! Now to watch for some old books.

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Stephanie wrote

These are terrific! I can't wait to make a bunch of these. I get into ruts with my card making... thanks for the inspiration!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Marie from Maryland wrote

I love this idea ~! perfect for several on my Christmas gift giving list!!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, JIll wrote

These graphics are fabulous and the cards wonderful! I'm especially fond of your faux apparel tags!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, gdyup wrote

great idea. Can you share what font you used for your name? Thanks!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Audrey from Petaluma, CA wrote

What a great idea...they are beautiful, I love the old book pages and the sky is the limit to what type you could make, Birthday, Anniversary or Just because...

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Jeanne from Media wrote

This technique would also make interesting, individualized, holiday cards. I imagine using pages from Christmas recipe or children's Santa books as the background, and stitching old holiday card cutouts on top. Punch a hole in the upper-left corner, attach a ribbon, and they can be hung easily on a tree or elsewhere. Children have wonderfully creative imaginations and it would be fun to see what combinations they chose for each recipient.

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Mona wrote

Super cute. I'm thinking this could be adapted for Christmas cards.

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Diane@InMyOwnStyle wrote

Hi Cathe- I love these as I do everything you make. I love the vintage feel of the cards and the apparel labels just take the cards to a very stylish level. I am going to go scouting for some great looking graphics so I can make some of these to give as gitfs for my friends and also make some for me, too. My best- Diane

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Karen wrote

These are beautiful Cathe!

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, Elizabeth from California wrote

As usual a wonderful project - love the vintage look!

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