<p>Add texture and whimsy to your valentine cards using hand-stitching.</p>
Hand-stitched details on your cards add an extra layer of love this Valentine's Day. The stitching can be used as a sewing theme, to add detail to images, or for texture and fun. These three valentines showcase hand-stitching.
Hand-stitching is used in this punny valentine as a theme using the sentiment "I love you sew much!" The fun colors and pattern create an eye-catching card. While it does take a little time to add all of the stitching, the level of difficulty is low because a simple running stitch is used.
To create this look, trim a sheet of white cardstock slightly smaller than your card front. Print out your sentiment onto white cardstock and cut into an oval shape. Adhere to card as shown using foam adhesive dots. Using a pencil, lightly draw lines radiating from the sentiment to the outer edges of the card. Poke holes along the drawn lines approximately every 1/4 inch using a pushpin on a piece of 6mm craft foam on a protected surface. Be sure each line contains an even number of holes so the stitching can always finish at the back of the card. Erase pencil marks.
Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss. Beginning at the back of the card, poke threaded needle through a hole nearest to the sentiment and pull through. Tape the end of the embroidery floss to the back of the card to secure. Poke the needle back down through the next hole along the line and pull thread to the back of card. Come back up through the next hole along the line and repeat to the end of the line. Cut off excess, and tape end on the back to secure. Alternate colors to stitch the remaining lines.
This next valentine uses hand-stiching to add detail to a simple cardstock cactus. Just a few lines of backstitching can really add a homey feel. It also brings to life the "stuck on you" sentiment for Valentine's Day.
Hand-cut a simple cactus shape from green cardstock, and adhere to white cardstock using a glue stick. Once dry, poke lines of holes down the middle and arms of the cactus approximately every 1/4 inch using a pushpin on a piece of 6mm craft foam on a protected surface.
Use green embroidery floss to add lines of backstitching. Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss. Beginning on the back of the cardstock, poke the needle through the first hole and back down the second hole. Tape the end of the thread to the back of the cardstock to secure. Poke the needle back up through the third hole and back down through the second hole. Continue this backstitch pattern to complete all of the prepared lines. Tape off the end on the back of the card. Cut white cardstock around the cactus leaving approximately 1/8-inch border. Adhere to your card along with a hand-cut heart using foam adhesive dots.
This last card uses hand-stitched knots instead of lines. These french knots add texture and lightheartedness to simple hand-cut letters. Be sure to practice these knots on a scrap piece of cardstock first as they take practice. Once you get it down, they are quick and fun to make.
Trim a piece of subtly-patterned cardstock slightly smaller than your card front. Hand-cut an X and an O from pink cardstock, approximately 2-1/4 inches high. Adhere to the cardstock background as shown using a glue stick. Once dry, poke random holes throughout both letters using a pushpin on a piece of 6mm craft foam on a protected surface.
Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss, and tape the end to the back of the cardstock to secure. From the back, poke a needle through one of the holes and pull thread all the way up. Place your needle in front of the thread near the hole with one hand while wrapping the thread near the hole around the needle twice toward you, as shown.
Poke the needle back through the same hole, holding the thread tautly with your other hand all the way. It is very important this thread remains taut. Cut and tape off the excess thread on the back of the cardstock. Repeat for all of the knots, and adhere the cardstock to your card front using foam adhesive dots. Add a strip of patterned cardstock and a simple hand-cut heart to complete.