With the present pile growing under our tree, I decided it might be a good time to make a few special cards to say thank you for those really thoughtful gifts.
And with some great Christmas movies on the telly to half-watch while you stitch, they’re actually quite relaxing to curl up and make. Here’s how…
1. Buy some blank cards (mine were £1.20 for 15 from Poundstretcher)
2. Print out your word (or hand draw it if you prefer that look)
3. For an ombre effect on your final card, draw two lines across your word to mark where your thread needs to change colour
4. Tape the print-out onto the front of your card with some washi, getting your word as centrally placed as you can
5. Using a paper piercer and mat, make holes, starting with the ones where your lines dissect the letters – these ones need to line up
6. Punch the rest of your holes and lift off your template
7. Using the template as a guide, mark the holes where your colours need to change so it’s easy to spot when sewing
8. And stitch! I made this card in the time it took to watch “The Apprentice: You’re Fired” (ie: not all that long)
Change your thread colour for each chunk of the word for an ombre effect.
9. And you’re done!
Pop a folded piece of paper inside to cover the back of your work and stamp a sentiment onto it.
10. Finally embellish the card as you fancy. You could add a button on the dot of the exclamation mark or make a paper bow from your favourite patterned paper.
A slightly more complicated alternative would be to cut your letters from different patterned papers and glue those down before stitching over them in contrasting thread.
Making the letters from vellum and then filling them with sequins after stitching (almost all the way round) would be another super-cute option. Or if you had the patience, you could hand snip out your word then back the card with cute paper before stitching… so many fun options!
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