Handmade Sentiment Cards are perfect to make for yourself, or to give as gifts that will become special keepsakes to be treasured and enjoyed for years to come. These types of cards can be personalized for any occasion using inspiring images, words and quotations all woven together with stitched fabric and paper collages. In this quick tutorial I’m sharing how to make your own Sentiment Cards. With the holiday season upon us these handmade cards are sure to be appreciated.
This Sentiment Card Project was featured in Somerset Studio Magazine December 2017, so if you already have a copy you can refer to it for additional instructions.
- Photograph or image printed onto matte photo paper
- Mixed media paper or handmade paper
- Words or quotation printed onto paper
- Acrylic paint or craft paint
- Fabric, ribbon and lace scraps
- Hand embroidery thread and needle
- Small buttons, charms and other embellishments
- Craft glue
How to Make Sentiment Cards
Select a sentiment such as an inspiring word or quotation and print or write the words onto copy paper. Select an image or photo for the front, print onto matte photo paper, and then cut or tear around the edges. I like to design my PhotoArt images in Photoshop however you could use any image or photo.
Plan your collage designs by laying out fabric, lace and paper scraps, as well as any embellishments you might want to use. I’ve also sewn a strip of fabric down the center on the outside and inside of the card.
Once you have an arrangement that you’re happy with, sew or glue the individual collage sections together. You may want to change things around as you assemble the card.
After the sections are stitched, glue them onto the card using a strong craft glue. I sewed the fabric strips on my sewing machine, and also attached some lengths of ribbon to use as a tie closure.