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Diwali > Five Days of Diwali > Choti Diwali / Narak Chaturdasi

Making Diwali Cards


Design 1

Materials:
- Any heavy stock paper (manila folder, mail envelops or old cards)
- Pencil
- Fabric scraps
- Photograph
- Scissors
- Glue stick




Steps:


Figure A
Figure A
Feel free to recycle old heavy paper items such as the posterboard that was used because the paper will be covered anyway. Posterboard like the kind used in this example, works great, too. Use an opened card by tracing around it to obtain your card stock (figure A).

Fold the heavy paper into a card.

Turn a fabric scrap over to the wrong side and trace the outline of the card. Cut out this piece.

Figure B

Figure B

Cut out a picture that will show through the window of your card, place this it on the card-size fabric and trace the outline (figure B). Remove that small area from the fabric.

Trace the window area from the fabric onto the card, then cut that area out of the card stock.


Figure C
Figure C

Attach the photo to the card stock with a glue stick, then attach the fabric to the card stock. This will give your card depth and dimension (figure C).





Design 2

To prepare a Diwali greeting-card, cut squares of colorful construction paper into very small pieces; then store each color in a separate section of an egg carton.

Next, fold a 9" X 12" sheet of black construction paper in half. On the front of the resulting card, use a pencil to sketch a simple Diwali picture; then "color" the sketch by gluing the construction-paper pieces, mosaic-style, on the card. Glue sticks work best for this step. Position the pieces so that small amounts of black can be seen between them, resulting in a stained glass look. Finally, glue a white piece of paper inside the card; use a fine-tipped marker to write a Diwali message.





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