Ombré Your Way to the Cutest Embroidered Card

embroiderd heart cards

Take your embroidery skills to paper and you can create one of the coolest handmade cards anyone’s ever received. This ombré design is actually pretty simple to make, even if you’re a total embroidery newbie. Plus, it’s guaranteed to make your loved one smile.

Embroidered Heart Card

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • 4″ 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
  • Instructions

    1. Cut a Heart

    Cut a paper heart approximately 3½” x 3¾” from the square of computer paper. Use a pencil to mark dots around the edge of the heart, about a ¼” apart.

    2. Measure, Snip, Fold

    making heart card

    Before you start creating the card itself, first determine the final size you want it to be. (Ours is 5″ tall x 4″ wide.)

    Trim the card stock to the height you want. Multiply the desired finished width by 3, then add ½” for folding. Cut at that number. (Ours is 12½”.)

    Fold your card into thirds, so the left panel folds over the center and the right panel folds over the left. Use the bone folder to score each line and fold.

    3. Punch It

    heart template on a card

    Open the card so the back side faces up. Use a piece of washi tape to secure the paper heart to the center panel. Place the fun foam underneath.

    punched heart outline on a card

    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 paper heart template.

    4. Make the Center Point

    poking hole in center of heart

    On the front of the card, mark a small dot about ⅓ of the way down from the heart’s top. Make sure it’s as centered as possible, then push the pencil point straight through the hole.

    5. Plan the Color Pattern

    labeling holes of heart card

    Use the pencil to label the holes for a corresponding color. Use 3-5 colors of floss to create a bright ombré effect.

    Good to Know: This side of the center panel will be hidden once the card is finished, so don’t worry about marking it up.

    6. Start Stitching

    stitching heart card

    Thread a needle with your first color of floss, tie a knot around the end and push it down through the center hole. Thread it back through one of the holes that outline the heart. This is the first “line” in your ombré design.

    Continue stitching like this — pushing down through the center hole and back up a perimeter hole — until you’ve completed your first section of color.

    7. Change Colors

    stitching ombre heart card

    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). Continue stitching the same as you did above.

    8. Final Touches

    taping heart card

    When you finish the design, tie the floss into a knot in the back to secure it. Add double-sided tape around the edges of the panel and the floss to secure it. Use the bone folder to fold the left panel over the embroidery (this hides the messy back of your stitches), then fold the right panel over.

    finished ombre embroidered heart card

    Flip your card over and see how cool it is!

    Photos by Kimberly Stoney.

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    7 Responses to “Ombré Your Way to the Cutest Embroidered Card”

    1. Ranae

      I wish there were instructions about how many holes to do for each color. Everything else was detailed except that.

    2. Cheryl

      Great project for me and my teen nieces.

    3. Kelly J Paul

      Very cool. Will try this .

    4. Brenda

      The instructions weren't clear

    5. Jeanne Norman Sarna

      Cute idea, I love ombre anything!

    6. Sharon Crowe

      Cute card.

    7. Sharon Henry

      Fun tutorial. It's a shame there's no way to save it in a list of some sort so I can come back later once I have the supplies together.