A Quick Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards

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A Quick Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

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.

Somerset Studio: Sentiment Cards Project

Somerset Studio: Sentiment Cards Project

Supplies

How to Make Sentiment Cards

Cut a piece of cardstock or thick paper to size, fold in half, then cut or tear the edges. I like to use mixed media paper or khadi paper.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

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.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

Paint each side of the paper with acrylic paint or craft paint and allow to dry.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

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.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

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.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

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.

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards - the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

5 thoughts on “A Quick Handmade Card Tutorial: Sentiment Cards”

  1. Lovely article, very informative. I’m wondering, however, what size and type of sewing machine needle do you use to so through fabric and paper? Thank you!

    1. I’m not Linda but I’ve just been using what my machine come with – because I don’t see either textile as any different to say sewing 2 seams together as in dressmaking. But guess if you were using something more textured you might want to look at a “leather” or a “walking foot” that will give you more gist…does your instruction manual give you any tips about type of fabric …

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