When Cross Stitch Meets Card Making

My store just launched a Christmas in July Sale (check it out here) so I cracked into my *ahem, rather large* stash of Christmas items to see what I could create that is a bit different. How about embroidered cards?

We brought in a couple of Spellbinder dies last year that allow you to make exactly that.

Now, I am not a natural hand sewer by any stretch of the imagination. I love all things fabric and yarn though, and there was a time I hoarded fabric like I now hoard paper, and had more than one cross-stitch kit in my stack of “future projects”, but that was over 20 years ago. I’ve moved on! But I do love a challenge and trying new things so … embroidery on cards it is!

This is the card I made from the first tree I embroidered and I am in love with this! I can’t wait to make more to sell in our store.

I used some Catherine Pooler sequins to accent my card, and a stamp from a Waffle Flower stamp set. Before I show you the second card I made, here is short video tutorial on how to cut and stitch these shapes.

Apologies for being off screen so much. I’m still learning the new camera set up and I purposefully zoomed in so you could easily see me stitching and then forgot all about making sure my hands stayed in the frame. Doh! Next time will be much better!

Here’s the finished card using all three of the snowflake dies.

I mounted them onto a slimline card base that I’d covered with a piece of patterned paper from my stash. Once again working from two offices did me in. My Christmas paper stash is (I think) in my home office but I finished this card at the store today. Sigh. Good thing I have plenty of other papers that work!

To add a bit of sparkle, I used some Nuvo Glitter Drops. They were added to the centres of each of the white embroidered sections, as well as the very centre of each mandala/snowflake.

I hope you like this technique of stitching on cards in a pattern. I must admit, I found it very calming – and even got to do a bit of stitching in front of the TV with my husband last night. How novel! LOL

Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to take in the sale either in person or online. It lasts til the end of July. And all online orders that are over $100 (after discounts and before taxes) ship for free!

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