Friday, September 18, 2015

Stitched Star

Hello everyone!

As some of you know House of Cards challenge this month is 'Stitch it Up'. At first I thought I would never get any ideas but the flood gates opened and I came up with this card.

Finished card highlighting stitching
Details showing the shimmer and shine of the thread and sentiment

Hop on over to the House of Cards and join in!! I am looking forward to see your interpretation of our theme!

This month's challenge
House of Cards
Here is pictorial tutorial how I made this card:

These are some of the materials to get you started.
Lightly trace the stencil to your paper.
TIP: Use a very heavyweight paper.
I used 110lb weight paper for this project.
Make sure you some cushion (foam or a piercing mat) under your project so you can pierce through the paper with ease. Use some sort measuring system like a T-square and/or piercing template. I would suggest using grid paper if none of these supplies are not available. As you are piercing make sure you pierce directly across the previous puncture.
After all the piercing is done thread your needle.
I would probably get a thimble to save your fingers. 

Start from the back and tape the end to the paper.
Taping the end will decrease bulkiness of your project.
You can also secure it by looping through the thread too.

Using only one color of DMC thread seemed a bit flat.
So I undid the entire thing and started over...
...With three colors instead. It adds depth and texture
and looks so much better.
Instead of stitching the star I wanted to stitch around the star
thought it have more interest. Plus, you can add a sentiment!
Colored 'peace' using a blue alcohol marker
Then added a mist of shimmer with Perfect Pearls and water
I know it doesn't look pretty but no one
looks at the backside of the panel
right? :)
Trimmed the pane and added to the card base leaving the top
longer. then scored the card on top and folded down the flap...
...And added it to another sheet of paper.
This is a good way to create large cards.
Trimmed it down with a craft knife.
And WA-LA! The card is done!
The multicolor DMC thread gives it so much texture and color!
Wow this project DESTROYED my craft area!
Look at that craft area!! Time to clean up!!

Funny story: I showed my husband the finished card with my eyes asking 'what do you think?'. He ponders it for bit and very matter-of-fact replies 'It looks like those old tube lawn chairs. Remember?'.. He walks away leaving me standing there looking at the card saying 'Oh my gosh, he is right!'.

Remember? Oh yes I remember!
Entering Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps: Make Your Mark
Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog: Love this Technique (Stitching)
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: #171 Sentiment in the Spotlight
Christmas Card Challenges: Anything Goes
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: (52CCT39-15Technique Challenge- Real Stitching
Quirky Crafts Challenge: #20- Quirky Sewn with Love

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to link up and join us at House of Card! Take care all and have fun!

All the Best,


Dotty Jo said...

Goodness, how clever are you! What a show stopper, Jo x HOC/DT friend

Greta said...

Oh too funny--never know what a hubby will say! Your card is absolutely amazing! I would never have attempted such a thing!

Shirley-Anne said...

My needle skills would be sorely tested! Clever work . Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenges

Inkyfingers said...

Wow Shawna this project is absolutely stunning!!! You are so creative to come up with this and thank you for the step by step tutorial.
Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenge.

Lesley said...

This is incredible! I am blown away by this creative card! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Susan Joyce said...

Wow! Your card is awesome, so very inspirational and thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Shona Chambers said...

Husbands always have a way of giving our cards a compliment that isn't one, don't you think?? My husband does this alot! I think this is incredible and your such a genius to have come up with the idea. Its a fantastic Xmas card and I'm so glad you shared it with us at ATSM this week!

ionabunny said...

Oh, this is very cool. I hate sewing but I want to go and grab my needle and threads now!! Love it. Thanks for sharing. Hugz

BożenA said...

Dear Shawna,
I really like this card. It is multidimensional, and my favorite colors :-) You were right by using 3 colors, now is perfect. I've done a few cards stitched thread and I know that this is not so easy to thread tension was perfect. And such a wonderful tutorial.
Thank you for the inspiration.

francesca said...

omg this is so creative and original! love it! :)

Bobby said...

This takes me back to my needlepoint on canvas days, Shawna. It's not the same but still very creative. I love that you added the varied threads. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week.

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful and so creative, I love it. Thanks for joining us for Merry Monday.

conil said...

If this doesn't win this challenge, I'm going to wonder why. Amazing idea. Perfectly executed. Love this charming card.

Meihsia Liu said...

Your card is so creative. Love it! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Monika Reeck said...

I see this on HOC Challenge post
and I ADORE THIS since the first look
you are so creative
so original Idea and hubby is funny right hihi
and your card is always stunner from post to talented lady you are Shawna
love that I know you in Blogland and I am happy being your FRIEND
hugs, Monika

Fabiola said...

Et bien je ne trouve pas que ta carte ressemble à une vieille chaise Shawna , elle est superbe, j'aime beaucoup ce que tu as fait de ce thème, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52cct, biz

Paper Lily Leaf said...

Stunning! A great card and an inspirational tutorial. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x

Lily-by-Gilly said...

Your card design is so modern and funky, I love it! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT this week, hugs, Gill

Moni said...

Beautiful card!!! Would you like to join us in our "Quirky Sewn with love" Challenge at Quirky Crafts?

Shawna said...

I think I will Monica thank you for the heads up!!

Deborah Frings said...

I think this is fabulous - the reverse stitching to create the star is super. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Moni said...

Thank you for joining us!!! Your card is perfect for our "Sewn with Love" challenge at. Monica.-Quirky Crafts dt

Unknown said...

Wow, I love this!

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