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A Crafty Combination

What do you get when you combine note card making with watercolor paints, a single line drawing and embroidery thread?

I've been enamored with single line drawings since last summer. Many years ago I enjoyed cross-stitching and other types of embroidery. I've been doing watercolors for about 5 years and making note cards for 3 years. I thought it might be fun to combine all of these together and for a crafty combination.

Here's what you'll need if you want to follow along:

  • 1 - 5" x 7" folded blank watercolor paper note card

  • watercolor paints & brush

  • embroidery thread & needle

  • scissors

  • bottle cork (optional)

  • traceable & pencil (optional)

1. If using a traceable, use your pencil and scribble to cover the backside of your traceable. Turn traceable over and trace onto the note card. This step is optional - you can choose to freehand your shape onto the notecard.

2. Paint the design on the watercolor note card and let dry.

3. Using the embroidery needle, poke holes in the note card along the outline. Try to make the holes evenly spaced. Pro-tip: poke the dull side of the needle into a wine cork to make poking holes in your paper less painful on your fingertips.

4. Embroidery thread usually comes with 6-strands. Separate your thread to have 2-strands before backstitching along the holes you created.

You can stop here, write your note inside and send off to someone special... or you can continue to add finishing touches to your note card by stamping a sentiment inside, adding ribbon, washi tape or any other embellishments you may have on hand.

Bonus! You can also do this on an open back stretched canvas using acrylic paints instead of watercolors. Just take care to keep any area you are going to use thread on accessible through the back side.

Download the single line drawing* I used here. *I found this image on

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