Monday, September 26, 2011

Embroider a Card

With your machine?

Friday afternoon, I picked up my oldest son from school.  He and I discussed whether he was going to a party or not.  He decided he would stop by at the young man's house.

Here it thought process...scary stuff.

 Oh, no. We don't have a gift.  But that's okay, right?  I can give a gift card. 
But I don't have a gift card!  
But that's okay, I have cash.  Phew!

OH NO!  I don't have a boy birthday card!
Ugh.  I have been in the car for 5 hours today.  I do not want to get back into it.
Oh....I'll just make one. 
Hmmm...he likes guitars. 
Do I have a stamp? No. 
Oh! I have an embroidery design. 

Can I do that on a card?

See? My rambling mind frightens even me!

Here's what I did!

Embroidering a Card Tutorial


 Card Stock Greeting Card
 Embroidery Machine
Peel-n-Stick Stabilizer

Cut a piece of Peel-n-Stick Stabilizer.

Place the piece paper side up in your hoop.

Remove it from the hoop.

Peel back a corner until you reach the inside of the hoop indentations.

Make a starter hole....

You know, like you did when you were a kid to cut the "inside" of a object out!

Then place the backing back on the stickiness.

Then start tearing away!

Place the stabilizer back in the hoop. 

The paper that you left protects the hoop from getting sticky!

Place the card on the sticky.

Things seemed to be going well.

UH OH!!!!

What Happened?

My guess?
A more "open" design is needed.  When the design started doing muscial notes that are a bit more dense it started making holes. 

The card stock can't handle it!

 I threw out the card.  

Obviously, this is not for the young man, but I was determined to finish this tutorial out!

I found a quilting design I had received free at one point.
I figured that I would do a pink card for my stash. (I actually do have a stash, just need to update my boy birthday card collection!)

The open design REALLY made a difference.  I plan on searching some more!

 Trim off the sticky stablizer.  If you rip it off, you will rip the cardstock.

How do I know this?

I tried it on the messed one up just to see!

 The inside doesn't seem too shabby to me. 

If it really bothers you, you can cut another complimentary piece of cardstock, glue and cover. 

 I added a little bling and voila!

 So what did I do about the guitar card I planned?

 Repeat the first few steps, but instead of adding the card stock directly to the sticky stabilizer, I placed a piece of scrap fabric.  

After the design was finished, I peeled it off the stabilizer and ran a seam around the design directly onto the card.  
Then pulled the stray fibers to make the fringe.

I loved it so much that I made a "girly" card too!

Who knew that me not being prepared would result in three cards!

Please tell me I am not the only one!  
Please do share the time you came up with a project simply because you didn't want to make a run to the store!!

And I am adding this to a Linky Party...I always feel weird because I am new to this stuff!

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