Today I have a little tutorial on how to make a hand-embroidered card. I’ve been wanting to put my own spin on string art for awhile now, I just could never figure out what I wanted to make with it. That is…until I caught a glimpse of my striped washi tape and realized it would make the perfect stencil for a card design! I love when this happens!
To create the stencil, I simply lined up the stripes on three strips of the pink + white washi tape and stuck them onto a scrap piece of cardstock. It was the easiest (read: laziest) way to make a stencil without having to do any measuring. Win-win for this anti-measurer!
To designate where to poke the holes, I positioned the stencil in the center of the card and made a little pencil mark at each end of the stripes, (going around all four sides of the stencil). Then I used my paper piercer to quickly punch out the holes. (This could also be achieved with a bookbinding awl or an xacto knife.) Once all the holes were punched, I took an eraser to remove any visible pencil marks.
To determine where the top holes would meet up with the bottom holes to create the first stripe, I made a two small pencil marks using my stencil as my guide. Once I was ready to stitch, I started from the backside of the card and went over-under-over-under as many times as I deemed necessary. When I was finished with one color, I simply tied a knot and re-threaded my needle with the new color. I repeated this until the entire card was filled out.
Once all the stripes were embroidered, I adhered a strip of cardstock to the inside of the card to cover up all the knots.
And that’s it! Easy enough, right? (;