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Making Machine Embroidered Cards: Part 2

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by Debbie of Too Cute Embroidery
                      If you already read, "Making Machine Embroidered Cards: Part 1", then you now know how to get your design onto paper. Now let's find out the final steps towards your finished project!
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To make the card, I used a copper card base piece that was 11” x 6.5”.   If you have never used a paper cutter, you use the measurements at the top to measure how large your paper will be once cut and then slide the blade up or down to cut your paper. You’ll notice there are two different colored blades here. On the left, the black blade scores the paper. It makes an indentation into the card stock so that it’s easier to fold and you get a nice crisp line. The orange blade on the right is a cutting blade.

    

With your copper card stock, cut your piece down to 11" x 6.5" and then score down the center at 5.5”, using the guides at the top.

Cut your gold (or next) layer ½” smaller so that you can see the layer underneath – cut a 5” x 6” piece.

To add another decorative element, I punched the corners off the gold piece. 

Next, add adhesive to the back of your gold piece of paper and carefully affix it to your copper card base. Use double-sided tape or a rolling adhesive like Tombow, to do this.



To get our embroidery design ready, we need to trim the stabilizer around the design being careful not to cut the paper.

Using one hand to hold the edge of the paper secure and with control, use your other hand to gently tear the edge off the mulberry paper towards you.

Once your paper is torn, line it up on your card base and make sure it’s the right size & no stabilizer is showing. Apply adhesive or double-sided tape and carefully place on top of your card.



I placed a piece of ribbon in between the layers and then pulled up and tied into a knot. It’s easier for me to make a knot to hold it in place, and then finish making it into a bow.

It's looking good, but I think we need some bling! Let’s add a star on top and crystals!

To apply your crystals, you can purchase crystals with glue on the back that are applied with a wand. Crystals are picked up with the wand and the glue on the back melts.  You place the crystals where desired and press down to secure.

I used crystals that didn’t have glue on the back, so I used a jewelry glue with a fine tip to apply glue to the card and then used tweezers to place the crystals on the tree.

E6000 is a very strong glue. You can dip your crystals in and then drop onto your card and push down to secure.Another good choice is hypo-cement used for jewelry making. I love the fine tip!

To keep your crystals from moving, place them on a piece of fleece fabric



To place crystals, pick up with tweezers or your fingertip, dip in glue, and then place onto card.

And here’s our finished card! I think the crystals add a nice touch and really make the card pop!

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Note from SWAK:

Debbie of Too Cute Embroidery is offering a Christmas ornament design to you for FREE! Just go to the free section at SWAKembroidery.com to find this wonderful treasure! Her future plans include making more designs specifically for cards, so check back often!


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