- Step 1: Getting started
This tutorial shows step-by-step how to make this sun appliqué card.
The same technique can be used to create cards with other shape appliqués.
sun appliqué templates on cardstock and cut them out. Or use any other appliqué shape that you'd like.
Quilting books are a terrific source for appliqué shapes. Just resize them to greeting card size.
Step 2: Select papers
Select papers for the appliqué pieces, the background and the card mat. To get the look of a fabric appliqué, choose
solid color and patterned papers. The example card uses two colors
of yellow cardstock and two
patterned papers featuring yellows. The darker yellow cardstock is used for the sun face, while a
lighter, mottled yellow cardstock is used for the card mat.
Pick any colors and patterns that go together. To keep the focus on the sun appliqué, use yellows, oranges
or reds for the sun and a paper including cooler colors (blues, greens) for the background.
Step 3: Trace and cut appliqué pieces
Trace the appliqué templates on the back of the paper or cardstock. Cut out each piece.
Step 4: Make Stitch Marks
Using a fine-tip black marker, make a dashed line around each
appliqué piece to resemble a running stitch. If you are an
experienced sewer, making other types of stitch marks is also
interesting—maybe, overcast or blank stitches.
- Step 5: Glue and decorate appliqué
Glue the sun appliqué pieces together. Draw a face on the sun using dashed lines to mimic running stitches.
If you like, fill in the pupil's of the eyes with horizontal lines to resemble a satin stich.
- Step 6: Make background and mat
Cut the mat paper/cardstock slightly smaller than the card front, about 5 3/8 inches by 4 1/8 inches.
Cut the background paper a bit smaller, about 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches. Cut a 3/8 inch from
the mat paper/cardstock.
Glue the mat strip to the background paper, about 1/4 to 3/8 inch from the right side. Trim away any
mat strip excess.
Glue the background to the mat, then glue the mat to the card front.
Add stitching marks around the background paper and along the edges of the mat strip.
- Step 7: Glue appliqué
Glue the appliqué to the card. Give the sun a small twist to the left for a more jaunty look.
That's it. Follow these simple steps to make paper appliqué cards using other shapes and themes. One of the
easiest ways to get started with your own designs is with simple cutouts and paper punches.
Refer to Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.