Notice on this fabric postcard that the darker green foreground leaves were die-cut (with Heat-n-Bond Lite fused to the back of the fabric first). The background fabric has the birds as part of the design, but it just didn’t have the amount of foliage I wanted. So I die-cut some leaves and played with their placement until I was happy with it. Once I removed the backing paper from the die cuts, I could gently curve the leaves to fit the spots I wanted to cover. Then I pressed them down with a hot iron, and free-motion stitched them onto the background. And voila! A much fuller arrangement of leaves. Free-motion stitching following the design lines of the birds really made them stand out. I hand-stitched bead eyes on each of the birds before applying the postcard backing.