Celebrations, Holiday, Technique, Winter

Stitched Holiday Cards

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Hello everyone! Today, I have a few stitched cards to share with you. This technique is really fun and you can do it anywhere. I usually stitch on cards when I watching tv at night (it keeps me from falling asleep on the couch! haha).

I used the Paper Smooches stitched rectangle. I can’t seem to find it, so I assume they have discontinued this product. They do have a square, which you could die cut multiple times for a rectangle or larger square etc. For the thread, I bought a large pack that is typically used for “Friendship Bracelets”. You can usually use a coupon at the big box stores, so you get a large amount for very little money. I also use a size 20 tapestry or round end needle…It really cuts down on some potential finger poking!

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For this version, I die cut the stitched holes and also die cut a stitched boarder with stitched rectangle dies. I then used various colors of blue and white thread to make a plaid pattern. There are many patterns you can find online. I’ve also found that perler bead patterns work very well for stitching on cards. I added small pieces of foam tape to  the stitched panel and adhered it to some matching light weight cardstock. I applied everything using liquid glue to a heavy weight A2 card base.

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For the finishing touches on this card, I die cut a beautiful snowflake out of vellum and added sequins using strong adhesive. I die cut a small circle from white cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment with a gorgeous blue embossing powder. I hid the adhesive under the sentiment circle and sequins and applied to the stitched background. I added a few heavy acrylic blocks to ensure it stayed flat while drying.

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For this card, I basically did the same thing except I kept more white space around the stitched area. I added some red sequins to the panel using a french knot. For the sentiment, I coated my vellum in anti-static powder and heat embossed it using gold embossing powder. The trick is to get your heat gun very hot before applying, so your vellum does not curl. I hid the adhesive behind the embossing and stacked acrylic blocks on top while it was drying.

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I cut off about 1/8 inch from each side of the stitched panel. I applied some foam tape to the sides and adhered it to the red cardstock panel cut to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. I added this to a heavy weight white A2 card base.

I decided to use vellum on both of these cards because I didn’t want to cover up all the beautiful stitching. I think it gives these cards a classic and elegant feel.

Thanks for joining me today!

 

 

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