Have you been itching to try some stitching? Many people don’t own or even want to own a sewing machine. When you have one, all of a sudden your family thinks you should push all of your cardstock off of your sewing table to mend the holes in their jeans. What’s up with that?! Don’t let not owning a machine stop you from joining in on one of the hottest trends in card making!
Hi, I’m Trudy and I am excited to share my first CardMaker blog post, and my love of stitching on paper with you! I would say that the majority of my cards have some kind of stitching on them, and of those, probably 95% are machine stitched. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love to use hand-stitching, too.
When Brooke asked me to write a post about “stitching on cards,” I knew I wanted to share a project that anyone could easily recreate whether they have a sewing machine or not. I decided to do a Clean And Simple (CAS) card where stitching was the focus and not just an added embellishment.
Begin by taking a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch piece of white cardstock and free-handing a sentiment onto it lightly with a pencil. Note: You could also use a large sentiment stamp and watermark ink if you prefer.
Use a piercing tool to punch holes about 1/8 inch apart along the entire sentiment line. Gently erase the pencil lines.
With a fairly thin needle and two strands of embroidery floss, chain-stitch the sentiment. To do this, tape the end of your thread to the backside of your work. Insert your needle into the first hole and out through to the front.
Insert the needle back into the same hole, but avoid going through your threads. Hold your thread close to the hole and pull it through, leaving a small loop.
Bring your needle up from the backside through the next hole and through the loop. Tighten or loosen the loop so that it lays flat before continuing.
Insert the needle back down into the same hole you just came out of making sure it is on the outside of your loop. Note: If you go down through the center of your loop, it will undo the last stitch. Again, make sure you hold the thread so you form another loop.
Repeat these steps until you finish stitching your sentiment, ending on the backside and securing the thread end with tape.
For those of you who are visual learners like me, I have created a quick 2-minute video to walk you through a few chain stitches.
You can now add your stitched sentiment to a card base and embellish to your little heart’s content! For my card, I attached it to a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4-inch piece of colored cardstock, and then adhered it to a 4 x 4-inch top-fold white card base.
If by chance you like the look of stitching but don’t have the time or you prefer faux stitching, there are many stamp sets on the market featuring stitches. All you have to do is ink and stamp!
Here are a couple of examples:
Build A Quilt stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps, illustrated by yours truly
Sew Many Stitches clear stamp set from Inky Antics
You can also use a pen or marker and draw your own stitches.
Whatever form of stitching you decide to use on your cards, the people who receive them will feel special knowing that you took the time to sew some extra love into them.
Thanks for dropping by today!
Supplies used: Brilliant White and Violet cardstock from Discount Cardstock; pastel green satin with grosgrain edge ribbon and Bow-Easy from Really Reasonable Ribbon; 450 Quick Dry Glue from Helmar Adhesives; white self-adhesive pearls from Want2Scrap; Copic® marker from Imagination International Inc.