Love, Paper Love: a unique spin on a good ol’ greeting card

I have this obsession with paper. I love it! I started out collecting origami folding paper with the pretty Japanese designs on the back, saving one pattern of each into a folder before moving on to cardstock, gift wrap paper, and even some fancy chocolate wrappers. Cue in present day, the folder is bulging with different types of paper and I’ve forgotten most of what’s in it. So, it’s actually a joy and delight every time I open it because I never know what I’ll find.

Michaels was having a sale earlier in the year in their scrapbooking section. I came across a card making kit (blank cards and envelopes) and got it for 50% off. The kit comes with 5 different colours and each has a unique pattern embossed on it.

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For today’s project, I’m incorporating cross-stitching to give the card more texture. I love handmade cards, but when you’re pressed for time and you don’t want to buy a card, this is a great option! It’ll show that you put time and effort into it, but most of all, it’ll tell the person you made it with love.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Draw out the pattern in pencil (OR you can do it on graph paper first)
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  2. Use a needle and pre-poke the holes of where you need to stitch. If you used graph paper, you can lay it over the area you want to put the pattern on.
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  3. Double your thread through the needle so you’re working with four threads per stitch
  4. Cross-stitch! (If you’re unfamiliar with cross-stitching, try my instructions below!)
    How to: Cross-stitch
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  5. You’ll notice the back side is not so pretty! Cut a piece of paper about a quarter inch smaller than the card on all sides. Glue it on the inside and you’re done!
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I love making cards and I will probably do more of these posts, especially as Christmas is only a few months away. If you’re interested in doing this and are looking for free patterns, check out this cute site: HobbyLoco!

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2 thoughts on “Love, Paper Love: a unique spin on a good ol’ greeting card

  1. This is so cool! Arts and crafts used to really stress me out because my creations all turned out “sloppy”. However, recently I’ve really gotten into DIY. Maybe because I’m cheap and don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I can do on my own, but I’ve come to realize that hand-made items can make really great gifts. I love how you can find instructions to guide you in making almost anything you can imagine. I might give this cross-stitch card a go during Christmas time. I’d love to see more posts for Christmas card ideas!

    1. Your comment made me so happy! Lol. Give this a whirl for sure! My arts and crafts don’t always turn out great and it used to stress me out too on the part about being “sloppy”. But I think I’ve since learned that creating something is better than creating nothing at all! The keyword for me is to “try”. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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