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I took a break from my kits and other cards this past weekend and did something a little different. I have for a long time enjoyed doing plastic canvas stitching and a little bit of cross stitching. I find it relaxing and is very easy to do on the go!
I’m by no means an expert and I definitely don’t have any expertise on the matter, this is just something I like to do. Recently some very nice dies have come out that have made this hobby even more fun and easy. I’ve provided links to the supplies used at the end of the blog.
Ok! I started with the frames to add layers and interest to the card. The focal point is off course the stitched heart which I made using a heart die I got a while ago on a swap. I did a search on Google and couldn’t find a USA manufacturer for this die. I’ve provided some links of the stores I found on my search.
I lined the heart inside the stitched frame, taped them together and cut them with with my Gemini die cutting machine put of 110lb Neenah solar white card stock. The part with the little holes doesn’t cut the heart out so is perfect for my panel. I suggest to a few at a time this way you have some extras for more stitching fun♥.
After I cut the panel I then stamped my sentiment and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used my double-sided tape adhesive to glue the “postage” panel and then added double-sided foam tape to glue the stitched heart panel. I recommend not skipping the foam tape since it help in making the panel look smooth. Remember that all the ugly side of stitching with be a little bumpy,. To finish the card I added some sequins for embellishment.
These card were actually a lot faster than you expect. The most time-consuming is the stitching and this heart is small so you can easy finish the stitching under an hour and the assembly is takes little time. As I said before this is a relaxing creative time and is a great on-the-go crafting.
Even though I’ve been doing some cross-stitching and plastic canvas stitching for many years it was a video by Jennifer McGuire I saw a year ago that inspired me to combine stitching with card making. There are also a few nice companies who have also made some very useful dies that make stitching easy and versatile. I have provided quite a few links with lost of information and products to inspire and help you take card making to a different level.
I hope you give it a try and have fun creating!
Links and supplies used:
- Jennifer McGuire: Stitching on Cards (YouTube)
- Jennifer McGuire: Cross Stitching on Cards Update (YouTube)
- MFT: How to Add Stitching to Cards (YouTube)
Online Resources (Templates): My Favorite Things PDF’s cross stitch templates
- Prism 6-strand floss multi-color pack
- Embroidery needles – I use #20 and #22
- Needle threader
- Paper Smooches: POSTAGE STAMP Wise Dies
- Lawn Fawn: Stitched Rectangle Frame
- Heart Stitched die
- Inkadinkado Clear Acrylic Stamp Set – THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
- Pretty Pink Posh: Thoughtful Greetings stamp set
- Recollections 110lb white card stock (base)
- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock
- Hero Arts clear embossing powder
- Real red Stampin’up ink
- Night of Navy Stampin’up ink
- Cricut card stock: Red and Blue