This week, my Auntie turns 90! Many family members are convening in Alabama with her to celebrate, but unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it. So I decided to send her card – I wanted to make her something fancy-schmancy, but time wasn’t on my side. I needed something quick but pretty, and Made By Me. So I set about embroidering some cards today.
Admittedly, I did it the “lazy” way. I let Stitching Cards do the design work for me. They have a nice selection of pretty little designs, and you can pay per design or you can buy a value pack of several designs. Once you pay, you can download your patterns and print them (PDF), which is great if you’re behind the gun on time.
I probably overdid it on buying several designs, but I didn’t know what I wanted, and I didn’t know what I had in my stash to create the cards, and I was going about the whole thing in a rather unorganized way!! (This is what happens when I procrastinate!) But I like the designs I got (some bead medallions and some bead flowers)… and I found that I liked poking the little holes in the paper… and so I ended up setting up about 15 cards(!!!!). Well, it’s neat – I found out that you can easily stack 3 pieces of card stock and prick them all at the same time.
I had on hand some small pre-cut pieces of parchment card stock, in soft natural colors. So I picked out a pale green for the first card, and I worked a beaded flower on it.
I didn’t put any lettering on the outside – I’ll save the writing for the inside. The directions call for a fine Kreinik cord, but I used DMC metallics, and it worked just fine.
I added a little back stitch around the leaves (didn’t call for it in the instructions) because the leaves looked a little too light and airy compared to the heavier flower.
I love these blue bugle beads. This isn’t actually my favorite pattern, though – it was just the first one I happened to put together today. The whole card took me about an hour and twenty minutes from start to finish (with a couple brief interruptions).
I would classify this type of stitching as embroidery “craft” rather than art. It’s super simple, you just follow the directions – it doesn’t take any real level of embroidery skill – and it’s a lot of fun! It was a relaxing project, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
Nordic Needle has several good books on hand embroidered cards. I’ve got two or three of them in storage…. I could have saved myself the cost of these patterns if I had only planned ahead!!
If you know of any other resources for embroidery patterns for cards, do share!