As they say, when you give a handmade card, you give a little of yourself. So send the right message with these beautiful birds.
Gather your supplies
Card (olive, taupe, russet and white)
Floral print cotton
Mod Podge Gloss
Sharp embroidery needle
- Step 1: Cut olive and taupe card to 30 x 15cm. Fold and crease each in half to make 15 x 15cm greeting cards. Mix equal parts fabric stiffener and water. Paint fabric with mixture and leave to dry. When dry, iron flat. Using picture as a guide, attach an 8 x 15cm strip of fabric to spine of taupe card with Mod Podge, wrapping it around to back. Attach a 4 x 15cm strip of russet card to olive card. Cut a branch-shaped piece of fabric for bird to nest on and glue to olive card.
- Step 2: Using a photocopier, enlarge Bird Talk Diagrams to 153% to make templates. Trace birds and wings onto white card and cut out. Using embroidery needle and back of mouse mat as a work surface, pierce holes in cut-outs. Use craft knife and self-healing board to cut flaps in wings. Stick wings to birds, then birds to card, using foam tape.
- Step 3: Cut out poetry phrases and cut into strips. Alternatively use a word processor to type out a poem and print it out. Glue to front of card.
You’ll also need
Pages from an old poetry book or word processor and printer; mouse mat; foam tape; fabric stiffener; craft knife; self-healing mat