Ombré Your Way to the Cutest Embroidered Valentine Ever

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Embroidery + paper = one of the coolest cards we've seen. Seriously, look how beautiful this is! And it's actually pretty simple to make, even if you haven't tried embroidery before.

Embroidered Valentine's Day Card

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • 4-inch square piece of white computer paper
  • Card stock or Bristol board
  • Double sided tape
  • Fun foam (or a cork trivet)
  • Embroidery/Crewel #6 Needle
  • Pearl cotton thread #5, 3-5 colors cut into 36-to-48-inch lengths
  • Washi tape
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting surface
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Thumbtack
  • X-Acto knife

Stitch the Love

1. Cut a Heart

Cut a paper heart approximately 3½ inches by 3¾ inches from the 4-inch square of computer paper. Use a pencil to mark dots around the edge of the heart, about a ¼-inch apart.

2. Measure, Snip, Fold

Before you start creating the card itself, first determine the size you want the final card to be. For example, we want our card to be 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

First, trim the card stock to the height you want (for us, it's 5 inches). Once the height is cut, we need to cut the width, keeping in mind that we're going to fold this card into thirds. Multiply the desired finished width by 3, add ½ inch to allow for folding, and trim the paper (we're cutting at 12½ inches).

You'll now have one long strip of card stock. Fold it into thirds so the left panel folds over the center, then the right panel folds over the left to create your finished card shape.

Use the bone folder to score each line and fold. (Don't feel bad if you have to trim a little at the end — it won't affect how cool your card is.)

3. Punch It

Open the card up. Use a piece of removable tape (Washi tape is our go-to here) and secure the paper heart to the center panel. Place the fun foam underneath. Keep in mind: You are now looking at the back side of your card's cover.

Use a thumb tack to punch small holes around the heart, following the marks you made in step 1. Once you've punched all the way around the perimeter, remove the heart.

4. Make the Center Point

On the front of the card, use the pencil to mark a small dot about a third down from the heart's top. Make sure to get it as centered as possible. Push the pencil point straight through the hole.

5. Plan the Color Pattern

Use the pencil to label the holes for a corresponding color (remember, this side of the center panel will be hidden once the card is finished, so don't worry about marking it up). You should be using between three and five colors of floss to create a bright ombré effect.

6. Start Stitching

Thread a needle with your first color of floss, tie a knot around the end and push it down through the center hole. Now thread it back through one of the holes that outline the heart. You've created the first "line" in your ombré design.

Keep stitching like this — pushing down through the center hole and back up a perimeter hole.

7. Change Colors

When you finish your first color, tie the end to the beginning of your second color. Trim off any excess and thread the needle with your new hue. Make sure the tie is in the back of the card (the side facing you, with the pencil labels)! Then, continue stitching as normal.

8. Final Touches

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When you finish the design, tie the floss into a knot in the back to secure it. Add some double-sided tape around the edges of the panel, and place some over the floss as well to secure it. Then, use the bone folder to fold the left panel over the embroidery. This hides the messy back of your stitches from your Valentine. Now fold the right panel over.

Flip your card over and see how cool it is!

Photos by Kimberly Stoney

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