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Mothers: Stitching on Cards

Grab your needle and thread, and stitch some love into your Mother’s Day cards with @heyelsie on the @pinkpaislee blog today! #pinkpaislee #ppOhMyHeart #Mothers #stitching #cards #handmade #diy

Hey Pink Paislee fans, it’s Elsie here. If you’re at all aware of my style, you’ll know how much I love stitching (slight understatement!). Stitching on your cards adds that perfect handmade touch, and whilst it does take a little extra time it’s great way to send a little more love with your cards. Stitching can very rarely be mass produced, so it really makes each card unique and extra special!

I have one simple and one slightly more complicated technique to share with you today about how you can include stitching on your Mother’s Day cards. Let’s go!card2I think the beauty of this card is in its simplicity. I wanted to make the ‘Mum/Mom’ sentiment the focal point, so I drew a very basic ‘M’ and heart shape onto a 7×5 piece of white cardstock and cut it out. A die-cutting machine would make this step a lot quicker, but I used a craft knife and it worked out just fine.

card4To jazz up the white cardstock, I used some modelling paste through a stencil. I love the white on white look here, it’s a really subtle detail but it looks like a really expensive speciality paper and accentuates those gorgeous copper flower embellishments!

card9I then did a simple back-stitch around the ‘Mom’ letters with some white thread as this really helps define the edges. I chose white thread to amp up that simple and classic vibe. My Mum’s favourite colour is a greeny/blue, so I know she’ll love the colour scheme of this card.

card7I popped the white cardstock up on some foam and added some of the clear copper foil flower stickers from the Oh My Heart sticker book, into the corners of each letter, for some extra sparkle. I embellished really simply with a few chipboard pieces, and I love the way the pink ‘love you’ contrasts with the teal background!

Now to the next card…

card1I think I love paper-piecing as much as I love stitching, so piecing together this teddy bear was so fun to make! 

This is a slightly more complicated stitching technique because of its intricacy. I used a simple backstitch again on this next card, but it still took a little bit of time. I think it’s definitely worth it though as the stitching really adds to the cutesy-look of the teddy.

I used two shades of pink threads for this card, the main body of the teddy is stitched with the lighter pink thread and the smaller details with the darker shade. The teddy still looked cute without the stitching, but the stitching helps give the image more definition and makes it look even cuter!

card6Again, the embellishing with this card was simple, as I wanted the teddy bear to be the main focus. A few periwinkle fussy-cut birds, contrasted nicely with the pink bear and some floral puffy stickers added some more texture and interest.

Also I was so excited that ‘love you’ copper foil heart sticker fitted perfectly into the heart the bear is holding – it’s the little things, right?!

card3Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you’re inspired to get your needle and thread and try stitching on your cards.

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