Thursday, May 6, 2010

Button Christmas Cards

To make these you will need:

- cardstock, white
- scrap holiday fabric
- applique
- scissors
- assorted buttons
- thread and needle
- thin line permanent black marker
-ironing board, iron and thin piece of material to place between applique and cardstock

Step 1:  Cut cardstock in half width-wise.  Fold both pieces to make cards measuring 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches.

Step 2:  Cut your scrap fabric to the shape you would like.  For one card we cut a square, and for the other we traced heart cookie cutters to design the tree.  Apply applique to fabric and then to the cardstock following applique instructions.  A thin piece of material over the cardstock, before heating with the iron, will protect it better.

Step 3:  Sew buttons on the card by hand, in any fashion to decorate it.

Step 4:  (below picture) Draw a design with the black marker along the front edges of the card.

Step 5:  Optional:  Hand stamp a note inside the card, or hand write a special note.  Purchase a box of "Invitation" envelopes to place your handmade cards in. They are typically found in the aisles where paper and other envelopes are sold (size: 4 3/8 inches by 5 3/4 inches)

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