How to Embroider a Greeting Card

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.
Metallic threads are fun to stitch onto paper.
The secret to greeting card embroidery is pre-punching the holes for your needle to pass through.
With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.

With a little pre-planning, you can embroider a design on a piece of sturdy cardstock.

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What you'll need:
Blank greeting card
Painter's tape
Straight pin
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Masking Tape
Glue stick
Decorative paper

I love embroidering on greeting cards, because the texture of the stitches has such impact. And it's not too hard to do! Here are some basic instructions.

Be sure to use a blank greeting card made of heavy, sturdy cardstock. You'll be handling this card a great deal as you stitch, so you need something that will withstand it without bending or tearing.

Next, you'll need a design to embroider. For stitching on paper, it's a good idea to stick with simpler designs that involve mostly outlines. Most Sublime Stitching embroidery templates are excellent for stitching on paper. Or, you can begin with a complex design and modify it. Here, I'm working with a vintage transfer design I picked up at a thrift store. It's a little too ornate for a greeting card, but we'll simplify it.

Tape the design to the front of the card using painter's tape, which won't mar the surface of the paper.

Reduce or enlarge your design on a photocopier, and then tape it to the front of the card with some blue painter's tape. (Notice that the card is opened out flat at this point.)

Place the card on a padded surface. Folded fabric, a cork trivet, or a sock all work well.

Next, put your card onto some kind of padded surface. You can use a cork trivet, or a folded towel, or even a sock. I'm using a piece of folded felt.

In order to embroider a design onto a greeting card, you need to pre-punch all the holes where your needle will go in and out of the paper. This takes a little thought and pre-planning, because you'll also need to know in advance what embroidery stitches you'll use. So let's take this design one part at a time:

To prepare for the backstitch, punch holes about 1/8" apart along the lines.
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Comments (17)

Ashtonjames writes: Beautiful work done
Posted: 9:51 am on October 1st
graceandrew987 writes: Very creative and unique idea of embroidering a card for the occasion. I hope our loved ones will be pleased with this idea.
Posted: 1:40 am on August 11th
Denverbookie writes: Hi, I tried a size 7 needle and it was too small for the cardstock I am using. What size needle do you recommend? Thanks
Posted: 1:48 pm on July 21st
AnnGGG writes: Not a project for the impatient, but I actually find embroidery therapeutic. It's so calming to play some slow piano music and focus on the craft. Thank you for sharing!
Posted: 7:31 am on September 15th
DaveHaynes writes: You really need solid nerves in order to complete a similar project. But the satisfaction afterwards, nothing can replace it.
Posted: 6:07 am on March 8th
roselynbette writes: You can get very creative if you have a nearby artist to draw fancier stuff. :)
Posted: 2:20 pm on April 14th
l00katme writes: beautiful job
Posted: 6:51 am on October 7th
Criativa writes: Olá.
Que belo trabalho.

Posted: 4:47 am on August 13th
littledeer302 writes: littledeer302. i love your creation i am going to try it thanks diana.
Posted: 12:22 pm on June 15th
CreativeG writes: This is simply beautiful and you've explained it very well. I know what I'll doing this weekend :).

Posted: 1:04 am on April 1st
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Posted: 9:16 am on March 18th
paperrain writes: I'm working on the design for all my holiday cards as soon as I get home tonight. Fabulous. I'll post photos when I've finished one. Thanks for another cool tutorial. We need a book of your tutorials!
Posted: 11:12 am on September 10th
VSC writes: This is awesome, but I wish I would have known about it back before I did this:
Posted: 8:32 pm on June 24th
digibudi writes: I totally love this! I think I'm gonna use this idea for my yearly summertime indoor pick-nick at my apartment. Great stuff Diane! I registered for this cool site because of you :)
Posted: 10:55 am on June 20th
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: This is fantastic! I love that you've shown how to modify the design to work for what you are doing, and the card with samples of floss is genius. You ROCK! :)
Posted: 11:37 am on June 19th
crafty_gal writes: Diane, your directions are the bomb! I've really wanted to try this out and you've just given me the confidence to give it a go!
Posted: 10:09 pm on June 18th
JenniferStern writes: Diane, I love your embroidered note card, beautiful job!
Posted: 4:25 pm on June 18th
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