The easiest way to do this is to repurpose an old card, unless you have a selection of coloured cardboard.
I upcycled an old Christmas Card from 4 or 5 years ago which I had been holding onto [or is that hoarding?] I liked the card stock which had a leathergrain texture. I just used the back of the card which was perfectly good as the greeting had been written on a separate paper insert.
- An old card or coloured cardboard
- Coloured paper, upon which you write your message
- Baking paper [aka parchment paper & bakery paper] or Tissue paper to trace onto to make a template
- Sharp Needle & Pin or an extra needle
- Coloured thread or wool [thicker thread looks better]
- Ruler (optional)
- Select a suitable image for your recipient. I Googled “lips” and also “human lips” and was presented with hundreds of images. This is one I selected for my project.
Photo source: http://www.clipsart.co
- Make a template by placing your Baking paper or Tissue paper over your image and outlining it [ Obviously, don’t try this with a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen! ] or you can print it.
- Firmly pin this image onto the cardboard or card you are repurposing. Try to place the pin in a place where you will need holes for sewing through. Leave room for your first personalised message on the cover which you can either sew in or use a paint pen, marker pen or glitter pen.
- Use a sharp needle to make holes through the template and cardboard.
Tip: In the example at the start of this post, I have measured and marked dots on the upper and lower extremities as well as along the equator so that the threads will all run north/south in parallel.
- Remove your template, thread your needle with your selected thread and sew
Below are some more ideas to give you some inspiration for your personalised cards:
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