I have found a use for all those magazines that have beautiful pictures such as Southern Living and Country Living. Before you decide to recycle them...go through the pages and cut out pages with flowers, gardening pictures, text etc....I made two cards that were fun and easy to make.
This is card #1
Make the base card by folding a piece of card stock which measures 5-1/2" by 8-1/2". I used Kraft color card stock from Stampin' Up. You will also need a button for the center of the paper flowers.
For this card I wrote a message around the perimeter of the larger one using a fine tip permanent marker. "Wishing you a Happy Birthday...may all your dreams come true. It's your day.
Cut out circles in three or four different diameters approximately (3-1/2, 2-1/2 and 1-1/2 inches) If you don't have a circle cutter, you can just find circular objects around your house (glasses, jars, etc...) to trace the circles. The measurements don't have to exact...just cut the circles in different increments. The magazine paper is easy to tear so for I tore the circles after I traced them. Next crumple up all the circles.
Line up the circles and sew the button in the middle. Insert the needle from the top and finish with a knot.
Cut a larger image from the magazine to use as the background. I used a punch to make scallops on the lower edge of the paper.
Position the leaves to the right. Place the circles on top of the leaves. You are done.
To make card # 2, I used scrapbooking paper to cut the circles and leaves. This paper is much thicker so you will need to spray the paper (back and front) with water before crumpling. Let air dry. I used a button brad to secure the three layers of card stock.
Supplies needed for this card. I also used Stampin' Up Kraft card stock for the card cut in the same dimensions for the first card. If you don't have a punch to cut the scallop strip, you can use scissors that cut decorative edges or even tear one side of the strip in the same way you did the circles in card #1.