Simple cross stitched card (male friendly!)


It is Jonathan's brother in laws birthday today and, as we are big fans of making cards instead of buying them, I stitched and put together a card for him. I really don't like buying cards as there is usually such a poor selection and between Jonathan and I we have a huge stash of card making supplies. He is actually more into making cards than I am, believe it or not.

I had some blank cards and envelopes left over from Christmas so I covered the front in blue card using double sided tape, as I didn't think the brown card would go with my theme.

I picked a small design to cross stitch from a free booklet that came with Cross Stitcher magazine last month. As the recipient likes sailing/boats I picked a very simple two tone sailing boat design, but the booklet had a whole host of other designs to choose from which will definitely come in handy for future cards!

Once that was stitched up I frayed the edges of the aida, backed the piece onto blue felt and stuck the felt to the blue card (all using double sided tape, something I couldn't craft without!) and voila; a simple, easy and quick card which I hope will be well received!

Do you make cards? I do like to make slightly more extravagant cards sometimes but if I'm short on time I really like the idea of a small cross stitched design catered to the interests of the birthday boy/girl!

My friend made a similar card for me for my birthday (thanks for the inspiration Katy!) and I thought it was such a sweet idea.

Are you a fan of homemade cards?


  1. This is such a great idea. I'd love to do something like this. Going to have to teach myself again..I remember cross stitching when I was younger :)

  2. This is gorgeous. I really need to up my creativity game again. I feel like I'm stuck in a busy rut at the moment. You always inspire me to get stuck in! xxx

  3. I love how simple and effective this card looks. Good tip about double sided tape, as I'm one of those people who always gets into a gluey mess when card-making.
    I wish I was good a cross stitch.

  4. This looks amazing! It's such a simple yet stunning design! xxx

  5. This is so cute! Looks great.

    Becca x

  6. You're completely right about the poor selection of cards that there usually is! I love making home made cards, so much more personal as well. This one is lovely :)

  7. cute card! I love using cross stitches on cards :-) x

  8. Great idea!! I love this card *_*


  9. I love the simplicity of this design.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

  10. How nice to receive such a thoughtful card, you've done really well! x

  11. I love home-made cards, they're so much more personal than one from a shop!

  12. I make cards too - saves a blooming fortune! That boat one is lovely. Thanks for the "essay" - I agree totally with you. What I need at the moment is someone who specialises in trendy hair for the more mature lady! I would really love to try and go au natural too - I am sure my hair is white now!!!!! But i don't know how to let go of my dark locks - I need therapy! xx

  13. Ohmygod! I love card tutorials, this one is so cute.

    It will be perfect for my little cousin on his birthday this year!

    My blog is a food blog but I've done half a dozen card tutorials on it myself, they are really fun and therapeutic aren't they?

    Hope you are well, take care xx