Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Fun Personalized Note Cards | Family Economics
It’s very simple to create custom, personalized note cards!
• 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. I 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.
4. 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.
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.
9. 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.