Recently I joined in a Valentine card exchange in a Facebook stitch group that I'm a member of. The card had to be a stitched card, something I'd never crafted before. I know that there are ready-made cards with apertures already in them, but my crafty stash contained some pretty red cards which I thought would be perfect for this project.
First, I had to stitch a little Valentine chart. I found the cutest little Winnie the Pooh freebie online, and then I substituted a red heart for the balloons he was carrying. The finished stitching would fit nicely into the blank card I had.
Now to cut the aperture. All I needed was a ruler, an X-acto knife and a pencil. Then measure. And measure again just to be sure. Draw the outline and then using the ruler and point of the knife, cut out your opening. Be careful not to cut beyond the corners. HINT!: Begin your cutting in the corner, cut to the middle of the line, and then begin at the opposite corner and finish your cut in the middle where you left off. This will eliminate the possibility of cutting too far into the card. If you want to cut out a circle or a heart by hand, you're on your own. So far, I've only mastered straight edge openings. If I ever figure it out, I'll let you know.
So my first attempt at making a cross-stitched card was quite successful. There are a lot of other decorative elements I could have used, like decorative edging, punch-outs, stickers, rhinestones. The craft stores are just full of wonderful ideas. Maybe next time I'll pay one of them a visit for inspiration!