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Colored & Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design

One way for using designs from "Valentine Greetings" set is to make embroidered "patches" on light color card stock, color the large areas using regular paints (acrylic or gouache). Then the "patch" can be just glued over greeting card body.

Here's a sample Valentine greeting, created using this method:
Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design

Below you will find a step-by-step instruction, explaining and demonstrating how this Valentine card was made. It's a very fast and simple project you may complete in no time. Before you begin, just make sure you've got all listed supplies in your stash.

REQUIRED SUPPLIES & TOOLS

  • Cutaway embroidery backing
  • Temporary adhesive spray
  • Paints. We've used pearl gouache paints, available in most craft shops and artistic shops.
  • Design from "Valentine Greetings" set.We've used "Cherub With Bow" for this project.
  • Card stock in 2 colors - dark and light. We've used red color for the card base, and off-white for the patch. The patch card stock should be light if you want the colors to stand out well. The width of card stock for greeting card base should be 2 times the size of postcard you want to make, and the height - your desired card height. The width of card stock for the patch should be at least twice the width of design.
  • Embroidery thread. We've used black color on this card.
  • Small scissors with sharp ends
  • White craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler

* Make sure that your printer is functioning properly. You'll need it for printing design template.



STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Open "Valentine Greetings" designs set on your PC, locate " Cherub With Bow" design, open it's corresponding PDF format template using Acrobat Reader, and print it out.

In case you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your PC - you may download it for free from Adobe site, here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

After printing the template, cut out the one with image of the design.

1. Take the template with printed angel design, and cut it's right edge as close to angel's cloth as you can. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
2. Take out the off-white card stock selected for the patch, put angel's template over it, and mark twice the size of template, like the photo shows. Also, remember to mark it according to center marks of angel template - one side regular, and one mirrored Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
3. Cut out the patch card stock according to your marks, and cut out the paper template with color areas. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
4. Cut out the colored areas of the template, to create paper stencil. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
5. Using the stencil from previous step, draw outlines of cutout color objects on patch card stock. One from each side, mirrored, like the photo shows
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Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
6. Use the gouache paints you've prepared to color the outlined areas. Do this carefully, you need the rest of card stock to be clean and neat. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
7. Hoop a piece of cutaway embroidery backing, and mark it from middle to middle of each hoop size, to find hoop center -> Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
8. Apply temporary adhesive spray over the hooped backing. Spray a decent amount, but don't exaggerate, so that the card stock won't get too wet.Fold the card body in the middle, and stick the left half of it over the hooped backing, exactly in the middle. The middle of card side should meet the middle of hoop. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
9. Embroider the design. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
10. Repeat step 8 precisely on the right side of colored card stock, and mirrored angel design. If you're not sure how to mirror embroidery design - this can be done either using your machine touch-up screen, or in embroidery software. In steps 10 through 15 we'll show how this design was mirrored using Embird. If you know how to mirror designs, please skip to step 16. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
  Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
11. To mirror embroidery design using Embird software, open Embird, activate the design you want to mirror, and click "Editor" on top program menu Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
12. Click on "Mirror Horizontally" button. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
13. Now you should see the design mirrored on your PC screen, like this -> Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
14. To save the mirrored design under new nameclick "File" --> "Save As". Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
15. In popup window asking you how to name the design and where to save it, select an appropriate folder on your PC, and call the design "designname_mirror" (e.g. CherubWithBow_mirror, in our case). Click "Save" to save the modified version of the design to your hard drive. Then, transfer the mirrored design to your machine and use it. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
16. Unhoop the ready angels embroidery, cut away the excess of backing, and prepare the red card stock for greeting card body. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
17. Fold the angels embroidery, and draw plain contours all around the design, like the photo shows, leaving the left side of it's wing -> Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
18. Cut out the angel according to outlines, leaving both sides attached at the wings. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
  Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
19. Glue the angels over the card body, using white craft glue. Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  
The greeting is ready! Colored Embroidered Valentine Postcard with Mirrored Design
  

If you'd like to get Valentine Greetings designs and embroidery supplies used in this project - please visit these links:

Valentine Greetings embroidery designs set
Cutaway stabilizer
Temporary Spray Adhesive 17-ounces can
Polyester Embroidery thread

 

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