Hi friends! Today I am excited to share some fun and easy ways to add stitching on cards to create beautiful detail and texture. This has been a huge trend lately and Altenew has released some incredible products that make stitching on projects even easier! Now I have to admit, this process is quite time-consuming. However, if you are watching TV, sitting in an airport, or have a bit of extra time… stitching on cards is lots of fun and a great way to pass time. 🙂
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This was my first time stitching and with that came many mistakes that I learned from which I will be sure to share throughout the post. Also, I will share some examples that I didn’t quite have time to complete. I fell in love with stitching on my cards and will be sure to share any future projects on Instagram (because the process is hard to film)!
For the stitching, I use 6 strand embroidery floss and pearl cotton 5 floss. The 6 strand embroidery floss can be pulled apart and used on smaller projects and the pearl cotton 5 floss can’t be separated, but is great for larger stitching projects and has a nice texture and appearance.
For the first three cards, I used the Pegboard Canvas cover plate die to stitch patterns, designs, and backgrounds. The possibilities with this die are endless… I will definitely be creating some stitched backgrounds in the future!
On the first example, I cross-stitched a simple flower and pot with embroidery floss. You can create your own patterns by coloring little boxes where you want each stitch. Here I cut down the cardstock to make the cross stitched layer a bit smaller.
For the second card, I followed this pattern to cross stitch a more intricate tulip with embroidery thread. There are so many awesome free patterns to follow online! To finish it off, I cut around the stitching and adhered it to a card base.
On the third card, I followed this pattern and stitched a flower using pearl cotton 5 floss. I adhered the stitching behind a framed panel to add some interest and create a more finished look.
Here is my started attempt at stitching a full background… I still have quite a bit to stitch, but I love how it’s turning out!
For the next example, I stamped images from the Cross Stitch Flower stamp set using Altenew inks to create a beautiful faux stitched look. This is a great way to get a similar look to cross stitching without all the time!
You could also use the Cross Stitch Flower die set to add a bit of stitching to your projects. For this card, I added some cross stitch detail on the darkest colors using a small needle and 2 strands of the 6 strand embroidery floss.
I attempted to create a full stitched flower, but couldn’t get it finished before this video! 🙂
On the last card, I stamped the beautiful bundle of roses from the Sweet Rose Bouquet stamp set. I added a bit of straight stitching along the darkest details on the image to add a bit of texture with 2 strands of the 6 strand embroidery floss! This stitching was a bit less time consuming but I still love the texture and effect.
Today I am joining Altenew for a fun blog hop to celebrate their new March product release. Altenew never fails to impress me with their beautiful and realistic stamp layering sets and I love this release with some awesome stitching products! Shop the full release of new products HERE at Altenew or HERE at Simon Says Stamp!!!
I am giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader! To enter, leave a comment by 3/30/18 letting me know if you like stitching on projects and which card from today’s post is your favorite. The winner will be randomly picked, emailed and posted HERE once the giveaway ends.
Altenew is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Stop by the Altenew Blog for more details…