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Handmade Thank-You Cards: Messenger Birds

Photography: Jim Cooper

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 2003


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.

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