We have another fabulous Guest Designer with us this weekend.
Mary Vogel of http://www.mbryt1.blogspot.com.
Here is the amazing project that she put together for us.
A Touch of Embroidery
Fabric, ribbon and stitching are popular elements in paper crafting and add beautiful dimension to your cards and scrapbook layouts. But why spend money on pre-made embellishments when you can add charm with handcrafted sweetness? I created a simple card featuring a couple of basic embroidery stitches you can learn with ease. Let’s get started:
I chose The Greeting Farm’s Miss Dressy Anya for my stamp, Cosmo Cricket’s Material Girl papers and Copic markers and embroidery floss to match the papers.
I stamped the image with my favorite ink, Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored in the image. You can see the main colors of Copics I used in the photo above and I used additional markers for shading.
Be sure to use a cardstock that isn’t too heavy – this will make the stitching a little easier.
To start your stem, thread your needle with 2 strands and bring your needle from the back of the card to the front just a little ways away from the flower’s center. Then “back stitch” by putting your needle back into the cardstock closer to the flower’s center. The next stitch starts a little space away from the first and then you back stitch to meet the first stitch, and so on – see the photo for a sample of these stitches
Make as many flowers as you would like and then finish up your card.
I chose to keep it simple, cutting the image with a Nestabilities die, and sponging a little light yellow ink and a light tan distressing ink around the image before adding it to the card front on foam tape for dimension. The ink toned down the “whiteness” of the cardstock and created a look that matched the DP better. A loop of ribbon tied with a section of embroidery floss finishes the
embellishing of this springy card.
I hope you’ll try your hand at hand stitching on your next project!
The DCRU Team hopes that you try it too!
Mary thank you for a wonderful tutorial.
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