Embroidery has been around for centuries and I personally was influenced by many women within our family, learned from them and continued to pursue this wonderful hobby to this day. If you are like me looking to add that extra handmade feel to your project then look no further, because it doesn’t get more ‘handmade’ than this.

There is something special about hand stitching. It may be due to the amount of patience it requires. But with a little skill and patience, you can create some wonderful projects. And who’s to say that we must stick to embroidering fabric?

I created a few cards, from simple to advanced, to hopefully inspire you to create your very own stitched cards for that special person in your life. All you need is a thicker cardstock, a paper piercing tool and some embroidery threads in your favourite colours. I used a 300gsm white cardstock for most of these cards to ensure that your stitches won’t ‘cut’ through the card, but anything above 240gsm should be sufficient. Piercing the cardstock is easy with a help of a foam mat or something soft like a mouse mat or similar that you can lay under the card whilst poking the holes. And if poking holes is not your thing, there are some cool dies you can use to perforate the cardstock and they also come in various shapes so the job is pretty much done for you.

You can draw the pattern you wish to embroider very lightly with a pencil first or you can experiment with cross stitching on a cross stitch fabric and then add this to your card or poke holes and embroider the cardstock directly. There is plenty of information online on basic stitching so check it out to get your started.

I hope you will give this a go! Enjoy!

1

Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 4x51/4” and write ‘hello’ in the centre using a pencil.

2

Lie the panel onto a foam pad and following the lines of the sentiment, pierce holes at small intervals as shown.

3

Erase the pencils lines carefully so no pencil lines can be seen, being careful not to press too hard to avoid ripping the panel.

4

Place the stencil over the panel as shown and tape down the edges to hold in place.

5

Apply Sweet Leaf ink onto the panel using a blending sponge, remove the stencil and allow to dry.

6

Replace the stencil onto the panel, flipping it over from before and applying Fresh Lemon ink to build up the cube image and allow to dry.