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Machine Embroider Greeting Card on Watercolor Paper

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Learn how to Machine Embroider Greeting Card on Watercolor Paper and cardstock to create beautiful cards your family and friends will love!

I had previously shared a tutorial on How to Make Machine Embroidered Greeting Cards and I even created a YouTube video that you can watch.

But, I’ve learned a lot about making machine embroidered greeting cards since then and I thought I’d share a second method on how to make these beautiful cards.

machine embroidered flower on watercolor paper

Machine Embroider Greeting Card on Watercolor Paper

In the original machine embroidered greeting cards tutorial I shared, I also used watercolor paper. What makes these greeting cards different are a few things:

  1. You don’t have to use adhesive spray on the watercolor paper when hooping. Instead we will use painter’s tape.
  2. Instead of making the folded card out of the watercolor paper, we will use cardstock. But, you’ll still embroider on the watercolor paper.
  3. We will trim the watercolor paper to fit the front of the card. (I like to trim it slightly smaller.)
  4. Then you’ll also trim and use a colored piece of paper between the card and the embroidered design.
machine embroidered flower on watercolor paper

Where to Find Greeting Card Embroidery Designs

The embroidery design that I am using on the card in this tutorial is from Designs by JuJu. The design is called Vintage Sketch Blooms.

You can also find a list of recommended sites in this blog post on Where to Find Embroidery Machine Designs for Greeting Cards.

Equipment Needed

Of course, you will need an embroidery machine. I use a Brother PE770. It has been discontinued by Brother. The replacement is the Brother PE800. If you’re interested in learning more about embroidery machines, be sure to read this post on What to Consider When Buying an Embroidery Machine.

machine embroidered flower on watercolor paper

Supplies Needed

Video Tutorial

You will find a video tutorial on this method of embroidering a card on my YouTube channel. Just click on the below image to go to the video. Also, while you’re there, please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! Thank you!!

YouTube video on machine embroidered flower on watercolor paper


You’ll find a list of frequently asked questions, along with some additional tips in my previous blog post about making machine embroidered greeting cards. You’ll find it here.

machine embroidered tulip greeting card

Machine Embroider Greeting Cards on Watercolor Paper

Yield: 1 card
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

You can create beautiful machine embroidered greeting cards. There are just a few things to keep in mind, such as embroidery design density, and you'll be an expert card designer/embroiderer in no time!


  • watercolor paper, 140 lb. (HINT: You can use coupons at JOANN or Michaels to buy this on sale!)
  • colored paper, construction paper, or cardstock for the back of the watercolor paper (serves as a border)
  • cardstock for the card
  • lightweight white cardstock if you're using colored paper for the card (optional)
  • cut-away stabilizer
  • painter's tape
  • machine embroidery threads
  • 5×7 envelopes
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • embroidery design


  • embroidery machine
  • embroidery scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • bone folder


  1. Gather Your Supplies
    For the purpose of this tutorial, I'm going to assume you know how to download an embroidery design and load it into your machine.
    I also find it very helpful to line up my threads right beside my embroidery machine in the order in which I will be using them in my design.
    Learn How to Make Machine Embroidered Greeting Cards
  2. Setup Thread
    Make sure you have thread loaded in your bobbin and thread your machine with the first color of thread. Be sure to refer to your design's color change sheet to know what color thread to use and in what order.
    Where to Find Embroidery Machine Designs for Greeting Cards
  3. Trim Your Paper
    Trim the watercolor paper so that it is slightly smaller than the size of your card front. For my card, I trimmed the watercolor paper to 4-3/4"Wx6-3/4"H.

  4. Trim Colored Cardstock
    You'll also want to trim your colored cardstock (you'll use this as the border behind the embroidered design) to 5"x7" or slightly smaller but larger than the watercolor piece. (Totally optional.)
  5. Trim Inside Cardstock
    And trim the white lightweight cardstock to be slightly smaller than 5"x7" (just like you trimmed the watercolor paper). This will be used on the inside of your card. Again, this is optional. But, I like this look when I'm using colored cardstock for the folded card. (I didn't use in this example.)
  6. Trim Card
    Then trim the paper for the card. It should measure 10"Wx7"H. Go ahead and fold the card in half so that it measures 5"x7" when folded. It's helpful to use a bone folder to help create a nicely creased fold.
  7. Hoop Cut-Away Stabilizer
    Hoop a piece of cut-away stabilizer into your 5x7" hoop (or whatever size hoop you are using. Remember, the hoop must be large enough to hold your watercolor paper, which is the front of your card.).
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  8. Secure Watercolor Paper
    Lay the piece of watercolor paper in the center of your hooped stabilizer. Use a couple of small pieces of painter's tape to secure in place. It really doesn't take much tape because once the machine starts stitching, the stitches will hold the paper in place.

    Then use a ruler and pencil to very lightly mark the center of the paper or the center of where you want to place your design. For a 5"x7" card, measure down 3-1/2" and across 2-1/2" to find the center.
  9. Secure the Hoop
    Once you have your watercolor paper centered and secured to your hooped stabilizer, it's time to secure the hoop to your embroidery machine.
  10. Load Design
    Now you'll load your design into your embroidery machine, if you haven't done so already. Then follow your machine manufacturer's instructions for centering the needle over the center mark you made on the watercolor paper.
  11. Stitch Design
    Start stitching your design! Then follow the prompts on your machine for the thread color changes. Continue changing the thread according to the color change chart until your design is complete.

    TIP: Trim your jump threads before each color change!
  12. Remove Hoop
    Once your design has finished stitching, remove the hoop from the machine and un-hoop your stabilized design.

  13. Trim Stabilizer
    Use a pair of scissors to trim the cutaway stabilizer close to the design.
  14. Glue
    If you are using a background or border piece of colored paper, you will glue the embroidered design so that it is centered over the colored paper. You can use your favorite glue, glue stick, or even two-sided tape.
    Once you have that securely glued together, you will glue those two pieces to the front of the card. Simply apply glue to the back of the colored paper, center it over the front of the folded cardstock, and press to secure in place.

    Allow the glue to completely dry before placing the card in an envelope.
  15. Ready to Use!
    Now your machine embroidered greeting card is ready to use!

  16. Envelope Liner
    I like to create an envelope liner out of cute scrapbook paper. To do so, simply lay your envelope with the flap open on the back of the paper and trace. Be sure to trace down the side of the envelope about 3".
    Then cut out inside the traced line and trim if necessary to fit inside the envelope.

    Apply glue to the back of the paper and insert in the envelope. Make sure the paper is below the adhesive strip on the inside of the envelope flap.

    I then like to insert something into the envelope while the glue is drying to prevent the envelope from being glued shut.


The embroidery design used in this card tutorial is from Designs by JuJu and is called Vintage Sketch Blooms.

More Machine Embroidery Ideas

If you enjoyed learning how to make machine embroidered greeting cards using watercolor paper, then you might also like these machine embroidery ideas from The Birch Cottage:

Who knew you could embroider on so many different materials?! If you have a favorite embroidery material or method, I’d love to hear about it!

Be sure to pin this machine embroidery tutorial to your favorite Pinterest board to save it for later or to share with family and friends!

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