Hello! For this month’s Crafty Christmas Club Blog Hop, I decided to do something very different, for me anyway. I haven’t done any stitching on cards in many years so I thought I’d find a pattern online and have a little play.
Before I got into the stitching, I decided to create a distress ink panel to stitch on. I used Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks and brushed it over the entire piece with a make-up brush. I allowed to to dry as I got my template ready.
I didn’t want to do just any regular stitching so I searched for a string art pattern and adapt it for my card. I found this pattern and added my own pot and star design to the template. I printed it out on regular copy paper and laid the template over my distress inked panel. I pierced the holes into my panel and stitched the tree with just a single strand of embroidery cotton. Using more than a single strand would have made the stitching too thick and bulky at the single point where each series of stitching meets and I really wanted to retain the string art look. And, to keep things as flat as possible, I secured the start and end of each threat with scotch tape to the back of the card panel. I also used a lighter green thread on the outer stitches while using a darker green thread in the centre of each layer. The result was a highlighting of the areas where light would normally fall and darker regions towards the centre of each tree layer. Just a little extra to give an appearance of somr dimension.
Once all the stitching was complete, I used a very old set of stitched slimline nesting dies to trim the tree panel down to size. I then used the same die and the die one size larger to die cut a stitched gold frame from gold mirror board. After creating a card base to match the dimensions of my die set, I glued the tree panel to the centre of the card. I added a thin line of glue around the edges of the tree panel and glued the gold frame into place. I finished off by adding a gold peel-off greeting that matched in with the reflective gold frame. I would have die cut a greeting but I had a limited space to add a greeting and my dies were all too large for the space. I could have stamped and heat embossed something small but I wanted to keep the glossy gold look of the border constant and none of my gold embossing powders matched the mirror board’s reflectiveness. With all that in mind, the peel off sticker was really my only option.
Don’t forget this is just the first Christmas card in the blog hop. You can find more inspiration in the other hoppers’ projects. With Christmas edging ever closer, we could do with all the inspiration we can get!😉
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