Note cards from photos

Instructions for making note cards from photos


Cardstock: One that I have used is

Mfr: Classic Crest
Type: Announcement Cabinet
Size: 6 5/8 x 10 (this is the unfolded card size)
Weight:  65 #
Style: Lee Plain Folders

There are lots of places to order the blank cards from and many different brands. Look in the phone book under Paper Dealers or try Kelly Paper – or Paper Plus - Aaron Bros. carries Strathmore cards that have a beautiful deckled edge and come prepackaged with matching envelopes. Be sure to get the right size and color envelopes for the cards that you order  

Spray Glue: 3M “Super 77” works best

Clean dry cloth

Crystal Clear Bags:

Order from Impact Images –

Turns out they also sell the cardstock and envelopes now so you can order everything in one place.



Step 1: Get good quality photos done of your work and have 4 x 6 reprints made of the best ones.  Remember that the notecard is going to be the exact picture so make sure there is nothing extraneous in the image and there are no shadows or other imperfections.

Step 2: Get an old cardboard box.  At the bottom center of the box tape or glue down a riser.  The riser can be anything like a piece of Styrofoam or pieces of cardboard glued together or a small box or whatever as long as it is smaller than the size of the photo and high enough up that your fingers won’t touch the bottom of the box when you grab the photo.

Step 3: Place the photo picture side down on the riser.  Spray the entire surface of the photo back with the spray glue. 

Step 4: Carefully pick up the photo by the edges trying not to get the glue on your fingers.  Do not touch the front of the photo, the glue will not come off and the photo will be ruined.  Center the photo over the front of the notecard and gently drop it in place.  Once it is in place it cannot be moved so do your placement carefully.  With a clean dry cloth gently rub the photo down.  Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Step 4: Sign the card.  I usually put my artist signature on the front under the photo.  You may also wish to invest in a stamp that has your name and copyright information and any other info to stamp onto the back.

Step 5: Let the ink dry, then package in a clear bag.

Step 6: Sell lots of them!!!!

Other hints:

You don’t have to use the entire quilt as the image.  Use a close-up on an interesting portion.  Several images can be derived from the same piece.

If the quilt is an odd size compared to a photo’s dimensions, take the picture of the entire quilt and just trim away the edges of the photo that are not the quilt.  


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