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To make this Sweet Stitched Greeting Card you will need the following: 

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*   a blank greeting card

*   multi-colored card stock paper *for younger children or beginners I suggest using construction paper instead of card stock because it is easier to poke through with the needle

*   scissors

*   glue stick

*   thin tipped permanent marker

*   embroidery floss and needle

Step One: Create a blank greeting card by folding a rectangular piece of card stock in half, or use a blank greeting card from the craft store. My favorite size to use is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and is typically called invitation size.

Step Two: Next, you will need to cut out shapes for your greeting card. The various shapes pictured here are the ones used for my bluebird greeting.

You can follow these or come up with your own creation such as two circles for a snowman or a square and triangle to form a sweet, little house.

Step Three: Glue the cut shapes to your card with the glue stick. This will help keep them in place while stitching. Add any details with your thin tipped marker, such as legs for your bird, a holly branch, eyes and a seasonal greeting like “Merry Christmas!”

Step Four: Knot the end of your embroidery floss. Begin stitching back and forth through the colored paper using a simple running stitch.

I used two french knot stitches for my bird’s cheeks. French knots can be tricky, but they add dimension and interest. I also added a ‘V’ stitch for feathers on my bird which is really just two running stitches a bit overlapped.

Step Five: Finish the inside of your card by gluing a shape over the rough stitches which are exposed. I chose a heart to cover mine!

Ashley Lucas is an illustrator and crafty girl with her own business, called Lady Lucas, that offers adorable handmade goods and art to the public. Visit her online to see her whimsical artwork, cute characters, and free crafting ideas at www.ladylucas.com.


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