This is the 13th hand-stitched card that I have uploaded, and I created a set of approximately 50 hand-stitched cards, and gave a large set of 44 hand-stitched cards to my Mom, who is a master cross-stitcher.
All of the patterns that I have uploaded and color combinations have been my own. I have made 2 hand-stitched pieces that I made into cards that I copied the patterns, if I upload those, I will acknowledge my source.
You can find more detailed information on my journey to create this very large set of hand-stitched cards in the descriptions of some of the other cards. In brief, I had been searching for a few years to find a, way to incorporate hand-stitching onto my cards, but until I watched a YouTube by Jennifer McGuire, where she introduced a hand-stitching die by Paper Smooches, and I knew that I needed to try this. I had hoped to make a birthday card for my Mom's 80th birthday with this, die, and to make for her a modest set of about 12 hand-stitched cards. But I only managed to make her birthday card although I had stitched numerous backgrounds, but I told my Mom that a set of cards was forthcoming. Even I was surprised that I enjoyed hand-stitching so much, and in about another year, I returned for another Christmas visit, and I brought with me a much larger than anticipated set of about 44 hand-stitched cards, which I presented to my Mom soon after the new year of 2019. I also made a few other hand-stitched cards for a few others, and I made approximately 50 hand-stitched cards.
I made a decision that I would use all of my stitched pieces and make them into cards, so there are some that are clearly made when I was just starting to hand-stitch, and this card is an example of one of my earliest attempts to create a very simple pattern. I was trying to create a very simple vertical stripe pattern. Later, I would take this same stripe and add another layer of stitches to give more depth and make it more intricate. But this is a simple stripe, with a line of stitches at the top and bottom to add a finishing touch.
I used a Sizzix birthday die that I love to use on a stitched card, but this die-cut shows one of my biggest frustrations using an electric die-cutting machine especially when die-cutting foil or other more luxurious cardstock--that issue of great frustration to me is having the holes at the back of a die that are there to help the crafter release the die-cut from the die. However, when I started using an electric die-cutting machine, these holes can be embossed as raised dots. I would say that this is my biggest frustration with various electric die-cutting machines, and I believe that it happens with them all. I have raised the issue with various machine companies, but some blatantly ignored my question if it was a live feed presentation, even if it was promised that all of our questions would be answered only one company has ever replied, which I really appreciated, and that was Anna Griffin, and I was told by a company representative, that those embossed dots were inevitable at times, and that they did not have a solution at this time.
Usually, I don't use die-cuts that contain these embossed dots, but somehow I did use this. Now, I would use 2 or 3 layers of cardstock stacked or fun foam, which has wonderful depth and texture, but it would not survive well going through the mail. I have used a layer of glossy accents on top of fun foam, and I am hoping that if I add a layer of bubble wrap on top of the fun foam that has been coated with glossy accents, that it hopefully will not crack when it goes through the mail, but we will see.
Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look at my hand-stitched card. When you take the time and the trouble to leave a comment on my cards, please know how much I appreciate it.
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 GMT Views: 623
Hi, Those handstitched cards represent a lot of work! I've had pretty good results with foils and vinyl die cuts similar to this one using good quality parchment paper instead of waxed paper between the foil/vinyl and die.