January is coming to a close and it’s time to get a jump on Valentine’s Day.
I’ve always believed that taking the time to make a sweet gift for someone, makes me feel like I’m getting the gift too!
How about YOU?
When Teresa released her Stick Couple embroidery design a while back…my first thought was…
“That’s gonna make a Fabulous Card for my special Valentine”! How about making a set of 4…using each of the designs in the set!
Now…that’s a plan!
Let’s get started…
Cut the following pieces for EACH card you want to make…
-6.5” wide x 6” tall cotton fabric (a lighter colored solid works best!)
-Heat and Bond Lite (cut slightly smaller than the fabric)
-6.5” wide x 6” tall Buckram Stabilizer
I am using the 4×4 design size (Stick Couple Love 1 version)…which is just perfect for my card front, and leaves me just the right amount of room to add some “LOVE”…using the 1” Quirky Girl Font in all Capital Letters!
First…let’s prep our Fast Frame and Fabric…
Fuse the Heat and Bond Lite (per the package instructions) to the backside of the cotton fabric. Remove the paper release from the Heat and Bond and fuse the Buckram stabilizer to the Heat and Bond side of the prepped fabric. You essentially have a 3 layered piece that is now the base for your card front. This layering process gives you the proper stabilization you will need to make the embroidered card base.
I used the 5×7 Fast Frame…prepped with a sticky stabilizer (use whatever frame for your machine that will accommodate the prepped layered base that you just made. Find the center of your prepped piece and mark it with a water soluble pen. Stick the prepped base piece to the sticky stabilizer…centering it the best you can on the frame.
Here’s what my frame looks like all set up…
***TIP…we are making the card front larger and then will cut it down after the design has stitched out…so don’t worry about “perfect placement” at this point.
The sticky stabilizer does ALL the work, keeping the card base panel in it’s place. No worries about removing all the sticky from the backside of the card base…it won’t show when we put the card together later.
As you can see…I did NOT use WSS stabilizer on top of the design…it’s just not necessary!
***Keep in mind that the use of a lighter colored cotton fabric for the main card base will help this “Sketch” design pop right off the background.
Once the design has finished stitching out…which takes no time at all with only 3,783 stitches for this approximately 3” wide x 4.75” tall design…you will remove it from the sticky stabilizer on your frame. Do not worry about removing every little piece of sticky stabilizer…we’re going to cover that right up in the next few steps.
Before I cut down the card base panel…I went ahead and removed the center mark I made with my water soluble pen. No need to soak the whole base panel…just use a wet Q-Tip to add the “right amount” of moisture to remove the mark.
Easy Peasy…Lemon Squeezy!
Now…cut the base panel down to 4” wide x 5.25” tall (this size is slightly smaller than the card stock you will be adhering it to). Set this aside.
Cut a piece of Card Stock in half…so it now measures 5.5” tall x 8.5” wide. Then fold the card stock in half…making a card that will measure 4.25” tall x 5.5” wide…
Now you can see that your base panel piece is slightly smaller than the actual card itself.
Adhere the embroidered base panel to the card stock…using one of the two following methods (which ever one you fancy BEST).
-You can simply glue (using a glue stick) the embroidered card base panel right to the front of the card or use double face tape.
-You can fuse a piece of Heat and Bond to the backside of the embroidered base panel and then fuse the whole panel to the front of your card stock.
Are you surprise you can iron on a piece of card stock? YES…you can! Just be careful not to use steam or hold your iron onto it for a long period of time…as you might scorch it. You just heat set it enough to melt the Heat and Bond Lite, so it will adhere to the card stock. This will hold it in it’s place when you take it over to your regular sewing machine and sew closely to the edge of the embroidered base panel with a top stitch…sewing through the base panel AND the card stock all at the same time.
Are you almost as surprised you can SEW through card stock too?
OH…YES, you can!
Don’t you just LOVE it when a plan comes together…
No pun intended there!
Make one for your SPECIAL Valentine this year…or perhaps a set of 4 to give as a gift to your favorite person!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
TOOLS OF THE TRADE…
-Stick Couple Love 1 Design (I used the 4×4 size)
-Quirky Girl Font (1” size for the LOVE word in all Capital Letters)
-Fast Frames (I used the 5×7 inch size)
-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)
-Buckram Stabilizer (Hobby Lobby…available on the bolt in the stabilizer section)
-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Walmart and On Line)
-Fabric…Light Gray (Hello World by Abi Hall for Moda-Stock #35305)
-Thread-Exquisite Brand…Black #020-Red #3015
-Card Stock (I used a Heavy Weight from Staples)
-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design