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Project

Flowery Notes

Introduction

Your personal correspondence will bloom like spring flowers when you make a garden's worth of these note cards. Convert store-bought cards into this pop-up flower stationery, or create your own from lovely patterned papers. Before you send off your spring wishes, adorn each envelope with a matching flower seal.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make note cards, use spray mount to affix two different patterned papers of the same size back to back; allow to set, then crease paper in half.

  2. Step 2

    Photocopy the flower template, enlarging or shrinking it to a desired size; cut out the shape.

  3. Step 3

    Unfold your homemade card or store-bought card and place the template over the middle of the crease; trace half the flower in pencil on one half of the card, abutting the fold.

  4. Step 4

    On a cutting mat, use a utility knife to cut out the half-flower. For the flower seals, shrink the template, then cut out the shape.

  5. Step 5

    Trace the flower onto paper and cut out; use a glue stick to adhere to envelopes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

Reviews (27)

  • cleangreencb 17 May, 2010

    I love Martha. She can make anything look easy. The comments are great. They remind me of websites where cooking people gather. Not only do these people reproduce either the craft or food, they kick it up a notch'! You go crafters. You make it sound so easy. LOOOVe it !
    PS: whitbygal i love your picture...ageless and I too love cutting and pasting but nothing ever looks like these projects.
    You fab crafters, craft, baby, craft !

  • sandiegogirl 17 May, 2010

    This quick project is fab, thanks so much. No boring plain cards again for me.

  • sitisaleem 28 Mar, 2008

    Love it! nstead of adhering two pieces of decorative paper together, I print two different color designs on very nice paper stock, on either sides of the paper. I can customize this sheet to any occasion, any theme, any color, etc.

  • whitbygal 28 Mar, 2008

    I think this is a great idea. Thanks for the great tips dunnowhat2say. Can't wait to try it. I'm not good at all crafts but I love cutting and pasting.

  • dunnowhat2say 28 Mar, 2008

    Print the text upside down and on top on the "inside" sheet, then glue to the "outside" sheet. When card is folded out, your text will appear right side up and at the bottom.

  • morgantails 28 Mar, 2008

    Using this method, you can also decrease the size of the image. You can, basically, make the image any size that you want. Sharon

  • morgantails 28 Mar, 2008

    Try this if you don't want to download Adobe -

    1. Open WORD and create a one cell table.
    2. Size that cell to an exact square.
    3. Using a image quick screen capture program (the internet hasfree ones,google the term free screen capture program), copy the image ino the table cell.
    4. Use the corner handle on the image to increase the size of the cell to the size you want the image to be.
    5. Print and you're ready to go.

    Sharon

  • morgantails 28 Mar, 2008

    Try this if you don't want to download Adobe -

    1. Open WORD and create a one cell table.
    2. Size that cell to an exact square.
    3. Using a image quick screen capture program (the internet hasfree ones,google the term free screen capture program), copy the image ino the table cell.
    4. Use the corner handle on the image to increase the size of the cell to the size you want the image to be.
    5. Print and you're ready to go.

    Sharon

  • SallyRan 28 Mar, 2008

    i'm having trouble shrinking the template in Adobe8 for the envelope?????ss

  • ovestobake 28 Mar, 2008

    Maybe they fixed it, but it worked fine for me.

  • ovestobake 28 Mar, 2008

    Maybe they fixed it, but it worked fine for me.

  • plumcreek 28 Mar, 2008

    oh well, some of these ideas may be old...but they still inspire me. I add a new twist or do something completely different.

  • HRMBev 28 Mar, 2008

    The above directions do not state to cut out a separate flower and glue it to the card.

  • momdig 28 Mar, 2008

    The flower will stick up if you cut the 1/2 flower before you fold the card. (i.e. don't fold the flower!)
    Yes, you have to use a bigger envelope or you can use it as a gift tag and skip the envelope altogether.

  • Anna_Marie 28 Mar, 2008

    If you wanted the flower to stay upright, you could cut out out the top of the flower portion BEFORE folding down the front of the card. Then the flower would have no fold in the middle. You would probably have to make the card smaller, and use a taller invitation-type envelope so the upright flower and card would fit in without folding it. Does that help?

  • Anna_Marie 28 Mar, 2008

    This craft has been on the MS site for quite a while...kind of a rerun. Hope they come up with some newer things we've not seen before.

  • lbuser 28 Mar, 2008

    This is a cute idea, but not so pretty when made. It doesn't pop up - it is just a cutout so it kind of flops at the fold. And it is hard to get it into the envelope neatly. Maybe something smaller. This is not one of my favorite ideas. How would you turn this into a popup? To tell you the truth, I liked the old craft ideas better. The instructions were way clearer with step by step samples. I miss them.

  • Superchic7 6 Mar, 2008

    maybe use another browser (netscape, firefox, etc.) to open the template

  • letruji43 25 Feb, 2008

    FYI---I got the template fine. You need the Adobe Program in order to get the PDF. file. Try www.adobe.com to download the program

  • haydensnana 22 Feb, 2008

    The template is now working

  • oesphyllis 29 Jan, 2008

    tRIED TO OPEN TEMPLATE AND NOT WORKING -

  • syeates85 26 Jan, 2008

    Cannot open the template. Cute idea, though . . . .

  • shatfield 21 Jan, 2008

    I tried to open the template (too) and no luck! It's such a cute idea......oh well!

  • mormor2140 18 Jan, 2008

    I have tried several times to open the template and i get an error message each time. thank you

  • asproella 4 Jan, 2008

    asproella,i tried too but canot open it .?????

  • shellyonly 3 Jan, 2008

    I have tried several times to open the template and it does not work. It is ashame because it looks like a great craft. PLEASE webmaster fix it!

  • BaysBlessedMom 1 Jan, 2008

    The Template on this page (PDF FILE) does not work-- it takes you to an ERROR page. Webmaster should be notified and the link should be fixed. Please let me know when the site has been fixed please. Thank you.