Our Padded Pumpkin Card is soft to the touch but
just a little bit scary. Make it with paper craft
and a simple quilting
Quilting is a traditional fabric craft that sandwiches padding between
layers of fabric with stitching. Our Padded Pumpkin Card
borrows the puffy look of quilting to create a three-dimensional
both outside and inside the card!
For this card, you need to print the cover image
both on card stock and on fabric. Paper-backed fabric sheets
are available now at many craft, fabric and quilting stores - or you
can buy direct from online suppliers like Joann Fabric and Crafts. See our Tips below for a link to a nice
printable satin, made by Electric Quilt.
images (FREE PDF download) printed twice: once on matte photo
card stock and once on printable fabric.
- Construction paper (black).
- Small (5" X 5") piece of cotton batting.
- Ultra fine glitter.
- Tacky craft glue (like Alene's).
- Bone folder.
- Small scissors or craft knife. A
paper cutter is useful for straight cuts.
- Self-healing cutting mat.
Instructions for the Padded Pumpkin Card
On the first page of the printed vintage images, score along the left
edge of the image with the bone folder. Fold the paper on the
score line. Using a paper cutter or scissors, trim away the
unfolded edges of the image. You will now have an 8" X 6"
piece of paper folded to a 4" x 6" card, with the image on the front.
- With the
card folded closed, carefully cut out the Jack O'Lantern head
using a craft knife. Cut through both the face and the back of the
card. Keep the face as an envelope seal!
- From the
fabric printout, cut out the Jack O'Lantern head, leaving a 1/2" margin
around the image (Remember to remove the paper backing from the fabric!)
- Cut a piece of card stock or photo paper to 4"
X 6" for the back panel of the card. Place the folded 4" X 6"
card on top of the 4" X 6"
panel, and using the Jack O'Lantern hole as a template, trace the
opening shape onto the panel.
- Cut two pieces of cotton batting to fit within
the traced shape. Glue them to the panel in two layers.
a thin layer of glue in a 1/4" band around the cotton batting (not on
it). Apply the glue right up to the traced line. Stretch the
over the batting, aligning the Jack O'Lantern head directly over the
traced shape, and press it onto the glue around the batting. While the
fabric glue is wet, place the folded card over the back panel to be
the Jack O'Lantern fabric is positioned correctly. If the Jack
through the face of the card properly, quickly spread a thin layer of
glue over the entire panel right up to the Jack O'Lantern head
glue it to the back of the folded card. Apply weights, like books,
around the quilting until the glue is dry.
for the inside! Trace the cut out oval onto black construction paper,
cut it out, and cut a decorative frame around it.
Decorate it with a thin border of silver marker and
glitter, and glue
it around the Jack O'Lantern. Print your Halloween message on
white paper, glue it to a black mat, and glue it below the pumpkin.
applied a narrow border of glitter around the front of the Padded
Pumpkin Card - your
finished - A grinning, bulging Jack O'Lantern with none of the mess of
carving a pumpkin.
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- There are several ways of printing images onto
fabric. We chose the easy method: We bought
paper-backed fabric sheets designed for inkjet printers.
Joann's has a good satin version called
Electric Quilt Printables - Inkjet Cotton Satin Fabric Sheets.
You can also make
your own fabric sheets for your inkjet printer, if you are so
a 4.25" X 6.25" envelope or make your own custom envelope with your
favorite decorative paper. Decorate it with a custom "seal"
from the cut-out Jack O'Lantern head, some glitter, and a black mat cut
with decorative-edge scissors!