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Handmade Thank-You Cards: Messenger Birds




Dainty Victorian-era engravings of birds culled from a clip-art book and then color-photocopied become elegant winged messengers bearing tiny three-dimensional missives of thanks.

To make the cards, fold an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper into quarters. Unfold. Color-photocopy clip-art birds, shrinking or enlarging as needed, cut out, and affix with a glue stick to two bottom rectangles of folded sheet. Color-photocopy onto card stock; cut in half vertically so a bird is at the bottom of each piece. With a utility knife, cut around each bird's beak, forming a V-flap. Insert pre-inscribed note card or folded envelope (we sealed ours with wax) that is 3/4 by 1 1/4 inches; dab on glue to secure. Fold card so crease is at top.

Martha Stewart Weddings, 2003



Reviews (6)

  • ejberry1 21 Jun, 2010

    Yeah, why wasn't the clip art and directions shown? Anyone could write this kind of "idea" -- we look to for actual "how to's" and directions.

  • Paris 8 Oct, 2014

    I was also disappointed because the templates are missing regards

  • aprilfoolnm 1 Feb, 2009

    stufie, go to GOOGLE. Up on tool bar upper left corner, click on images. type in just BIRDS or a specific BIRD NAMES> Tons of images to download.

  • Stufie 8 Jan, 2009

    I agree. I would love to make these cards with the art shown here - it would be nice if some images were provided for printing

  • Jammy 15 May, 2008

    We just love birds!! This is a good idea. Would be nice if a few clip-art birds were provided for project.

  • barbarabayliswordpresscom 27 Apr, 2008

    I just fell in love with this sweet card, I will make up some for gifts to friends.
    they look like a lot of fun.