The other day I decided to try another cross stitch card. This one is a bit more complex than my first two. After punching the holes using Paper Smootches Cross Stitch die and 110 lb card stock, I drew guide lines on the back. Link to die: https://www.papersmoochesstamps.com/Cross_Stitch_Die_p/a1d-17-376.htm
I then followed those lines using Prism (5 strand non divisible) craft thread in a straight stitch.
After a few lines I realized I could have saved myself some time by just starting the first line in one corner, running diagonal straight stitches to the opposite side and then dropping down a hole and returning, repeating till all my white lines were done.
Once the white lines were in place I started cross stitching my turquoise stitches horizontally. Again I found that it would have been easier to cross stitch my pink centers first and then do the turquoise later and that is how I did the second half.
This was a good learning experience but I realized half way through that I had printed down the free pattern template from Paper Smootches and drawing out my whole design on that first would have been the best way to go. Free Template: https://ibb.co/hLCvLQ
I used he template to draw out a zig zag pattern that I hope to try next. That should be a much easier process.
UPDATE: I actually decided to turn this into a Christmas card the design was super easy to follow.
These are the first Cross Stitch cards I made:
Hopefully there will be more to come. I would like to try to recreate the plaid below at some point.