Let me show you how I put this card together…
Step 1: Die Cutting
I started by die cutting the main die from several shades of cardstock, so I would have plenty of options to play with. Once I had all the colors laid out, I changed gears and decided to create a baby card using Pink Sands cardstock.
Step 2: Stitching
Typically, you would thin out the 6-strand pieces of floss into perhaps just three, but I wanted a full and fluffy look, so I left each thread with all 6 strands and stitched the leaves and petals with the floss doubled over. For the flower centers and buds, I used a single 6-strand bit of floss though since weaving in and out was a bit more tight.
Step 3: Cut & Stack
Next, I die cut the letters in white glitter cardstock as well as several in plain white cardstock using scraps and adhered them to one another for sturdy dimension.
Step 4: Card Base & Layers
Step 5: Embossing
After dry fitting all the pieces together, I thought the white was a bit to plain for my taste, so dug through my stash for a piercing or embossing plate. I didn’t have any that would work, but I did find a polka dot hot foil stamp I thought might do the trick. I ran it through my machine with an embossing mat and it did the trick.
Step 6: Assembly
The cardstock layers were adhered to the card base with adhesive tape while the ‘joy” element was added with foam adhesive dabbed with liquid glue for dimension and extra security. The “joy” letters were added on with a dab of liquid glue as well. Finally, a few “Crystal Mix” gems were were added, and that was it!
I wish you could see how sparkly and dimensional this card really is. It was very fun and relaxing to create, and I know I’ll be looking into more stitching dies in the future now. Have you ever tried hand embroidery on cards or other creative mediums?
– Laura Evangeline