Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cross Stitching on Cards With No Dies




Happy Thursday, everyone!  I have to preface this post by saying that I warned you… I was going to make something with a flower.  And I am a girl who is true to her word!  😂  I am so excited about this card.  I was curious to see if I could try a technique for stitching on cards that doesn’t require the use of any special dies.  This is the result.  It is easy, fun, and VERY addictive (I have already started on my second card in a day 😬).  

This tutorial is based on the card I just started (I didn’t photograph the card shown above because I really wasn’t sure I was going to like the way it turned out... lesson learned!)  First, I looked around on Pinterest for a cross stitch pattern I liked.  After copying the image, I pasted it into my word processing program, sized it to fit on an A2-sized card and printed it out.  From there, I cut out the image and temporarily adhered it to my card front.  





I then poked holes in the corner of all the squares.  I promise that this is not as tedious as it sounds… it goes quite fast and was actually pretty meditative.  



When you’re done with the holes, use your image as a guide and start stitching!  Easy peasy cross stitching… no magic happening here.  



Here is a picture of the pattern I started with along with the result.  



When your card is done, the results are stunning.  I love the way the image just floats in the middle of the card without a bunch of surrounding holes; I think it gives it a more modern, updated look.  I also love how you’re not limited to patterns that will fit within the confines of a die.  You can customize the size of your image, the colors… oh, the possibilities! 

I finished my image by popping the panel up on some fun foam for dimension. I added some gold splatters, a Simon Says Stamp love sentiment and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins for sparkle.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to hear if you try this technique!  



20 comments on "Cross Stitching on Cards With No Dies"
  1. I absolutely adore this! Thank you so much for explaining I have the dies, but I'm not a fan of how the holes are so big and I only have regular DMC floss. Problem solved! Can't wait to try this out.

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    1. Yay Melissa! I am so happy you're going to try this. It is easy and so fun. I used 3 strands of floss on this card, but I'm making one now where I am using 4. It depends on how big your design is. Please come back and share what you make! :)

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  2. Such a beautiful card! I love stitching as much as I love card making so I definitely need to give this a try. Are you willing to share these patterns you are using? Do you have a Pinterest board of patterns? Love your work!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! I am so happy you're going to give this a try. As a matter of fact, I did start a preliminary Pinterest board for patterns. You can find me at https://www.pinterest.com/leighhouston01/ Please come back and let me know how it goes!

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  3. Such a smart idea, and yes, gorgeous results! When i’m Feeling up to par I’d love to try this out.

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Definitely give it a try. I am SO sorry you're still not feeling well. Take care of yourself!!! ❤️

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this. I love it and hope to give it a try.

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    1. Hi Debbie! I hope you give it a try, too! It is easy and fun. If you make something, I'd love to see it! :)

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  5. That is so cool. I have a ton of cross stitch patterns and floss. I need to do this. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It looks very easy.

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    1. Hi! I'd love to see what you end up making! It is very easy and so fun.

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  6. This is gorgeous! I think it turned out lovely! I’ve never cross-stitched before but would like to give it a try! Can you tell me how to get started? Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Joy, cross stitching is so relaxing. I just love doing it. There are a ton of great videos on YouTube that will get you started. It's really simple... just stitching x's in boxes. :) The supplies are inexpensive and readily available at any craft store... some embroidery needles and DMC thread are really all you need. Let me know if there is anything I can help you with!

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  7. Going to try this for sure thank you for showing how to accomplish this.

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    1. I am so happy to hear you're going to try this, Robin! Please come back and show me what you create - I'd love to see it!

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  8. Super smart and creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a long time cross stitcher and it never occurred to me to do this. LOL I love your design here. Look forward to seeing more. I hope to try this soon. Unfortunately for me, I've had to take a break from stitching because a pinched nerve in my neck is messing up my right thumb and pointer finger. Grrrr....

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    1. Hi Jeanne, I am so sorry about your neck... that is painful! I hope it clears up and you're back to stitching soon! Thanks for your comment on my card - I'm so happy you like it!

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