Easy Cards and Invitations
Projects designed by Paper Source and demonstrated by Sue Lindstrom.
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Button and Stripes Baby Announcement
Materials and Tools:
light blue buttons
1/8" hole punch
blue 3-ply linen thread
Paper Source Sky #10 envelope
Paper Source Butter #10 invitation backing
Paper Source Laser Vellum 8-1/2" x 11"
Paper Source Superfine Softwhite Text 8-1/2" x 11"
Print Works blue/yellow stripes 8-1/2" x 11"
straight edge and razor knife or paper cutter
Note: For each layer, you will be able to get two out of an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. Remember that the top 1 inch of your layers will be tucked into the invitation backing. Make a practice copy first to make sure the text of your layers aligns properly.
1. To make layer one: Print your announcement text and baby photo onto the laser vellum. Cut to 3-7/8" x 8-1/2".
2. Layer two is the unprinted decorative blue and yellow striped sheet. Cut to 3-7/8" x 8-3/4".
3. For layer three, print any other relevant information, such as party details, on Superfine Softwhite paper, and cut to 3-7/8" x 9".
4. Fold backing card along the score line. Arrange all of your layers in order and carefully insert into the flap of your backing.
5. Using the pre-punched holes of the invitation backing as a guide, punch through the invitation layers with a 1/8-inch hole punch. Carefully paperclip the invitation together before punching to securely hold your layers in place as you punch.
6. Cut a length of waxed linen thread about 10 inches long (a waxed thread is stiff enough to not need a needle). Feed half the length of the thread through one of the holes of the card, from back to front. Run the thread through the button holes.
7. Feed the thread back through the hole of the card so that both ends of the thread will be in back, and the button secured.
8. To secure the second button, again, take one end of the thread and run it through the remaining hole of the card from back to front. Run the thread through the first set of button holes and pull taught against the card.
9. Run the thread through the remaining set of button holes, and feed the thread back through the hole of the card. Tie the two pieces of thread together in back and trim the ends.
Use a vintage postcard and ornate stamp designs to create a traditional greeting card.