Hello, Altenew friends! Norine here, back with you today to share a fun stamping/crafting project that involves stamping needlework designs on cards! Long before paper crafting became a passion for me, I loved to do needlework and cross-stitch, so when I saw the dies for punching stitching holes in the Altenew store, I just had to try them out!
There are two different dies available for you to use in this manner. The Pegboard Canvas Die Cover has fewer and larger holes and works up similarly to plastic canvas projects. I used it for my first project and because of the size, was able to use thicker strands of embroidery cotton and complete the project much more quickly.
I started by stamping my pattern onto an A2-sized piece of heavy white cardstock. For the card pictured above, I used the Story of Us Stamp Set for the bloom and leaves, cutting a mask for the bloom so that I could stamp leaves “behind” the flower.
Next, I used the Red Cosmos ink colors including Cotton Candy in the mix, to stamp the four layers of the bloom, then stamped simple leaves with Frayed Leaf from the Green Fields ink family and Mountain Mist from the Sea Shore ink color set. Then I positioned the Pegboard Canvas Die over the stamped piece and ran it through my die cutting machine.
Time to Cross Stitch!
I used a basic cross stitch pattern for the bloom, combining full cross stitches with half (diagonal) stitches. For some variety with the leaves, I stitched in only one direction, varying that direction from leaf to leaf. Once finished, I stamped a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set with embossing ink on vellum paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. And then I cut it into a strip and adhered it to my card panel with a stitched button plus a few dots of well-concealed liquid adhesive. Rather than embellish with my favorite enamel dots embellishment, I adhered a few more tiny stitched buttons.
To adhere the stitched panel to the card front, I used narrow double-sided tape around the edges of the design and a piece of wider, strong double-sided tape behind the rose. This prevents you from seeing the adhesive through any of the holes and allows the texture of the stitches on the back of the card to lift the top layer of cardstock ever so slightly.
My second piece I am going to show you is still in progress. I love to have small projects that I can take with me on the go, and this one fits the bill perfectly.
I took this photo on the plane while I was working on it to give you an impression of how it looks in progress. For this, I packed a sandwich baggie with my chosen colors of embroidery floss, along with my cardstock pattern, needle, and scissors, and it was a simple matter to pull it out and work on it.
For this project, I stamped a similar design to the first one above, using all the same ink colors with the Story of Us layered rose, and only switching up the leaf stamps to the Antique Roses Stamp Set. Any of the layered Altenew stamps will work but I find the more basic the design, the easier it is to stitch nicely.
Once stamped, I ran this card panel through the die-cutting machine with the Cross Stitch Canvas Die. Its finer, more abundant holes mean it will take longer to complete. I plan to use this card for a baby shower coming up soon, so the time factor will play into some design decisions. For this, I plan to focus on and complete the rose, using the traditional cross stitches with two strands of 6-ply embroidery floss, but on the leaves, I may stitch only the darker two shades of green to emphasize the details, and leave the rest of the leave unstitched, as shown on the one leaf already done. I like that combination of stamping and stitching and am happy to let them share the limelight.
More Stitch/Needlework Themed Stamp Sets!
Both of these stitching dies are easy ways to create little on-the-go projects, however, if you're not a needlework lover, but still like the look, there are a couple of stamp sets in the store that you can use to duplicate the look entirely with ink! Be sure to check them out!
Sewn With Love has some lovely sentiment to pair with a basic stemmed rose image.
Cross Stitch Flower Stamp Set is another beautiful option that includes a stitched “hello” stamp. You could also use either of these stamp sets to stamp your pattern onto paper and use the stamped lines as your stitching guide. So many possibilities, so little time!
Edited to add:
I was able to complete my second card in time to add to today's post. I added a die-cut word and stamped a sentiment from my stash along with more stitched buttons for embellishment. As you can see, the entire flower is filled in with cross stitches, but the leaves all have just two of the three color layers stitched in and are stitched in only one direction. You can see that its much finer in appearance but that's the payoff for taking more time to complete.