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  • Writer's pictureKristen Bartel

The Stamp Market | More Stitching on Cards

Hi All! Today I'm going to show a set of six cards I made that all incorporate the same Dotted Hello stitching die from The Stamp Market. I absolutely love stitching on cards as it adds such a fun texture, and I think the size and lettering style of this die is perfect!

I keep a lot of hello cards in my stash. I find it extremely convenient as they can be turned into almost any occasion by just adding a sub-sentiment. I've also started to make more card sets as I find I'm more creative using the same supplies multiple times, and they are great to keep on hand as an emergency gift.

I started by picking a few colors of thread, and then a couple stamp sets. First up, let's start with the orange and yellow cards!

For the card on the left, I used the Botanicals stamp set by the Stamp Market. I used the largest image and stamped several leaves across the card front in orange and yellow. I added a few of the small outline image in pink across the bottom to fill in the pattern. I don't have the Color Crush ink pads yet, so I used my Altenew dye inks and selected colors that closest matched Citrine, Melon, and Bubblegum. Once I was finished stamping, I die cut the dotted Hello die from the center of the card front and stitched with DMC 5-strand pearle cotton in 225. I trimmed the panel down to 4"x5-1/4" and foam mounted to a white side folding card base. I added a few enamel dots around the sentiment to finish the card. For the second card, I stamped the Jumbo Plaid background stamp in Citrine-like ink, die cut the Dotted Hello in the center, and again stitched in 225 pearle cotton. For all of the cards, I used a simple backstitch on the sentiment. Next I cut a few leaves using the Botanical Beauty die from Party Pink and Fresh Pink cardstock and glued them around the stitched sentiment. I finished the card by trimming the panel down to 4"x5-1/4" and foam mounted to a white side-folding card base. I always use Neenah 110lb cardstock for card bases as it is nice and sturdy.

For my second card set, I used the Handpainted Rose stamp set from The Stamp Market. I stamped the flowers in a combination of blue and pink inks from Altenew around the edges of the card bases, and used warm greys to stamp the leaves. I managed to avoid masking on the blue card, but required a little for the pink flowers. I hate fussy cutting, so instead of stamping a full image on masking paper and cutting out, I just pressed the left edge of the flower onto a post-it note and cut around that first petal. This was all I needed to nestle the leaves in a bit closer. Once I was finished stamping, I die cut the Dotted Hello in the center to form one landscape and one portrait style card. For the blue floral card, I used 776 for the stitching, and for the pink floral card I used 714. I trimmed 1/4" off of the bottom of the pink floral panel, and 1/8" off both sides of the blue floral card, then foam mounted on white card bases. I finished both cards off with a couple enamel dots from the Enamel Dots Collection 1.

And last but not least...the final two cards, which I think ended up being my favorite of the whole group! For these two, I used the Painted Heart Stamp set, as well as the Heart to Hearts stamp set from The Stamp Market.

I used the same set of pink Altenew dye inks I used in the previous card to keep the set cohesive. I stamped the large heart image from the Painted Heart stamp set to the left of the card, using an ombre inking technique. My favorite way to do this is to stamp a different portion of the image several times in each color ink and to use a baby wipe to soften the edges before stamping. I used about three layers of each color, and then one final stamp in the lightest ink to help with blending. I then set this aside to dry.

While that panel was drying, I began stamping one of the heart cluster stamps all over the panel in the lightest and darkest pink inks. I tried to offset each stamp by twisting and turning the image to make it look like I used a single background stamp. Once both panels were dry, I used this same heart cluster stamp to emboss in Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder. I thought this gave a really fun shine and tone-on-tone color for the large heart. The sparkle was hard to capture in the photos, but it sure adds a lot of interest in real life!

I finished the cards by die cutting and stitching the sentiment in 714 on the heart cluster panel and 993 on the large heart panel, and foam mounted to side-folding white card bases. I added a sentiment strip under the blue stitched hello using Party Pink card stock. I didn't add any other embellishments as I thought the small sparkly embossed hearts were enough!

So that wraps up this card set showing a few different ways you can add some fun texture with stitching on your cards. I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired to try a few of these ideas! Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting.



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