If you’re like me, you like mailing cards. You really, really like it. It’s pretty much the highlight of your month to send a card to someone. Is it the thoughtfulness of giving a card that gets me or…what? I’m not sure, but I really like doing it and it makes other people feel special. I also like making my letters more personable, so I’ll doodle something or write a dry joke. But, I decided to use my new embroidery skills and make something very special for my brother and his new wife! But first this is first…
- Cardstock paper or thicker paper
- For the actual card
- Regular paper
- Folder or printer paper
- Embroidery floss
- Go crazy with the colors
- Dull or sharp
- Cork board or cardboard
- Thumb tack or anything pointy
- Stick or Elmers
Find a design or create your own
- If you like my design, you can find a pattern below.
- I created my design on Word, then printed it out
Match that design on top of your card stock, then poke holes!
- I suggest that you tape the design down on the cardboard or cork board. NOT ON THE CARD STOCK
- Decide which side is the right or wrong side
- Right side = Where you want the embroidery to show
- Wrong side = The other side of the paper, a.k.a the messy side that you want to hide.
Prepare your embroidery floss by separating the yarns in half, then stick it through the eye of the needle.
- If you haven’t worked with embroidery floss, it’s six strands of yarn intertwined together. Six is too much, so just grab three strands and separate it.
- Eye of the needle is that hole where you string the string.
Start back stitching your design!!!
- Find my guide to back stitching here.
- Do one color at a time
- I started with the light pink. Then, I did the dark pink. Thirdly, I finished the emerald green. Lastly, I did the lime green
Write your message now
- If you’re going to follow what I’m doing, then you want to do this before you glue
- If you don’t need to glue anything down to cover the wrong side, then skip to step #7.
Fold the card stock hot dog (vertically) (or hamburger (horizontally) and glue it down.
- Because my paper was too thin, I had to glue down the other side to strengthen it.
- I also wanted to cover the wrong side
- Due to my design, I had to sew a frame on the bottom.
Address it, stamp it, mail it
Hope you guys enjoy this and send it to someone special, like your parents, who deserve it. I suggest that you use different hues of colors to make it really pop. I used light pink, dark pink, lime green, and emerald green to give it some depth.
My card design: