A gift from the heart and hand 

In the last 4 weeks I have had a significant health scare in my closest of close family all is excellent now. During this time I was reminded of how important friends and family are. They are the ones who lift you up and carry you with their love, best wishes and support. With these thoughts I have been  inspired to think about making special post cards which say thank you for all sorts of reasons. Making these postcards brings pleasure to both the maker and the receiver and I thought I would share this project with you, they don’t take long to create and are a joy to make.

I usually have a quote about creating but today it is about friendship.

This is for my friends that held me tight

Sometimes, when I say “Im okay”, I want someone to look me in the eyes, hug me tight and say ” I Know your not ”

and you all did thank you for true friendship .




The materials for the postcards 

Cotton rag paper or alternative 

Silk organza or alternative sheer fabric which doesn’t melt under a hot iron 

Paper prints from google searches or whatever paper designs you have

Fusible web

Craft Glue

PVA glue (white craft glue)

Embellishments of your choice

Hand stitching threads and needles 

Sewing machine and rayon machine embroidery threads 

Gold rub on 

Rubbing plate or similar with texture 

Hand dyed silk velvet or similar

Scrap booking paper or similair

Free motion embroidery foot 


Gathering the goodies .

Step 1

Go on good old “google” and find interesting papers to print out try ” historic documents”, ” coloured etchings” “historic gardening notes’ etc etc etc. Print out lots of interesting bibs and bobs to make  your postcard .

Using a rubbing plate a shiva sticks on silk organza

I love silks and use all sorts of silk in all my art works. I am using a rubbing plate and shiva sticks to make some interesting marks on the organza.The organza will be ripped into strips and used later in the project.

Silk organza with shiva stick effect .


First layer of papers.

My base layer is cotton rag paper which I love to use, it is great for stitching and painting. I tear, cut and place the first layer of the printed paper on top of the cotton rag paper post card with a layer of fusible web in between. Each layer will be adhered together by using fusible web to hold in place, I use fusible web as it allows the project to remain flexible and easy to sew. Fusible web is set by ironing with a hot iron, in this project I peel layers of fusible web of the backing paper and use as a sandwich filler between layers.


After fusing the first layer to the cotton rag I place another layer of fusible web on the top surface of the postcard and some strips of the patterned organza and then a piece of plain white organza covering the entire surface.I like the surface organza creates and it is beautiful and tactile. When all the layers have been fused I use some metallic machine threads and decorative stitches to enhance the post card surface.

Organza layer.

 Layers of organza and some decorative stitching.


Second layer of paper and some silk twist.

In this image I am adding another layer of printed paper and some silk yarn  for texture this is placed on the top of a fusible web layer.Following the same technique another layer of organza covering the whole surface of the post card. To add a little glitz and aged look I rub over chosen areas of the surface with some brass metallic rub.


I stitch some more decorative stitching to the surface and add a new dimension with a panel of decorative scrap booking card. I use pre printed scrap booking card because it is quite strong to stitch on.
Adding a decorative panel from scrap booking card.

I fold the pre printed scrap booking card into 3, then mark and cut out 3 windows. I love the contrast of shine and flat so use some hand dyed silk velvet to show though the windows. The silk velvet panel is cut to the same size as the pre printed scrap booking panel. These two panels are attached to the top of the post card by using a decorative stitch.

Using decorative stitch to attach to back ground .

A final layer of paper elements

Some more paper elements are added and machine stitching both decorative patterns and free motion stitching.

Another layer of paper.

I add some hand stitching, embellishments and gold rub.

A thin layer of watered down PVA glue and the it is finished .


I coat the entire top surface of the post card with watered down PVA glue as protection and to hold it all nicely flat.

Hand stitching and embellishing .

Making the back of the postcard 

To make the back of the post card use another piece of cotton rag the same size and shape as the front. You can see below the papers I found online to print out and use.

The back .

Place your first layer of printed paper on top of a layer  fusible web which has been placed onto of the cotton rag paper .I blanked out the writing on the print out with other papers and then I stitched the lines in for writing on.

2 layers and free motion stitching to create the back .


The back with a special quote .

I have free motion stitched a favourite quote of mine and included some filagree and hand stitch. I have also coated the back of the post card in a watered down finish of PVA glue.

To place both sides together. I use some craft glue in the centre to hold together both side together. I make sure not to get it near the edges of the post card. I use a decorative stitch to attach both sides together. When finished it has a great firm body and shape and could safely be posted in an envelope.

The edging holding both sides together



Completed front



Completed back



Cotton rag paper, shiva sticks and other lovelies can be found at  http://www.thethreadstudio.com


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