Last Sunday my husband and I were invited to a 50th Birthday open house party.  I forgot to pick up a birthday card, so I thought, I’ll just whip one out. After all, to quote a friend “how hard can it be?”

I had been playing around with a strip of fabric approximately 3 x 8 inches. I am working on a garden piece, which is another story for another day. I have decided to do a background wash on that piece. This is why I had a test strip of fabric. I was playing with Neocolor II Artist’s Crayons. They are a water soluble and I was trying to see how colors would blend in a wash.

I thought it was the perfect size for a card. So I made a blob of yellow, some green stem and leaf shapes for a dandelion, my favorite flower.  Then I went to my machine to sketch the flower in black thread.

Marks for flower and sketching has begun

When I finished the thread sketching, I made a card. I folded a piece of cardstock in half. On one side I cut out a frame. Then, using Elmer’s Glue, I glued the fabric piece inside the frame. I cut another piece of cardstock to the size of one half of the card and glued that over the top of the fabric piece to hide it on the inside of the card.  Alternately you could fold the cardstock in thirds, making the middle the frame, then fold one of the flaps over it on the inside. In hindsight, I would do that next time I need to make a card.

Of course, I was doing this all at the last minute, so I was totally thinking through the process until I was done.

This is a great way to use up old scraps!!

finished thread sketching the flower

finished card