Monday, August 13, 2012

Greeting Cards from Grandma

My 92 year old grandmother is the ultimate DIY'er. She is incredibly genius at repurposing, and coming up with creative ideas for her household. Today, I am creating one of her 4x6 greeting cards. Grandma makes her own cards out of paper and scrap fabric. They are personable and fun, and I always enjoy receiving one in my mailbox from her!

construction paper or cardstock
white typing paper
fabric scraps

Step 1: Using a 9x12" piece of construction paper or cardstock, fold in half. This will make a 6x9" rectangle.

Step 2: Fold 6x9" paper in half creating a 4.5x6" card. Measure 4" across and trim excess. Now you have a 4x6" folded card.

Step 3: Cut a 2x8" strip of fabric. Since card is 6" wide, this will give you 1" of fabric to wrap around on each side of the front cover. Wrapping the fabric will give you clean edges on the front of your card.

 Step 4: Apply glue to fabric, be careful not to use too much glue. Small dots of glue work best. Use paintbrush to spread glue evenly on to fabric. Attach fabric to front of card and wrap 1" excess fabric onto each side of the back of the front cover.

Step 5: Now we need to finish the card's inside and hide rough fabric edges. Using typing paper, measure a little bit smaller than 4x6"( I cut my typing paper  3.75x5.75"), so that the construction paper/cardstock creates a pretty border around the white typing paper. Apply glue sparingly to 4 corners of typing paper. Adhere paper to inside of card. Let dry 10 min.

Step 6: Let's hide the raw edge of the fabric on our card's front.  Cut two 6" pieces of fabric and fringe them. Glue fringed pieces to raw edges of fabric.

Now you have a beautiful and creative way to say hello!

Happy hello's,

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