Wednesday 1 March 2017

Stitching Dies

This post is the first of many using stitching dies.  I've always liked stitching, or using thread on cards, but sometimes the process of pricking out the pattern was frustrating especially when the stencil moved and the holes of the pattern went out of alignment.  On finding sets of dies which embossed the pricking patterns in one pass through the die cutting machine, along with layering dies to co-ordinate, was a dream and so began an obsession.  The obsession was not in collecting dies but in making monochrome cards in various shades of colours.

The first set I bought was from the Wedding collection by Joy Crafts - Cutting, Embossing and Embroidery stencil  6002/1011.

Made in my favourite crafting colour this card was for a crafting buddy.  When making a monochrome card I enjoy gathering together the embellishments and card I might use to make it.

Different tones of purple and lilac thread were used for embroidering the main frame and topper.  The die which allows you to cut out the topper was used to cut two pieces of contrasting purple card which were layered behind it so that there was a contrast against the stitched frame behind.

The die allowing you to cut out the embroidered frame was used to cut a single piece of purple card which was layered behind the frame so that the die cut sections stood out against the backing paper. The backing papers for this card were printed from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Purple.

Marianne die cut corners were used as embellishments along with shades of purple self adhesive pearls, mulberry roses and grosgrain ribbon. 

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

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  1. What a beautiful piece. I am sort-of glad my hands are not good enough to handle the needlework or this might become another passion! Thanks for sharing this work with us at Unstampabelles.

  2. This is so stunning. I would frame this and keep forever! Thanks for joining us at Through the Craft Room Door

  3. Elegant and Gorgeous card! Thank you for entering our ATG Challenge at Through the Craftroom Door. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge and good luck:)!
    Sunila & Aditi
    Dots to Lines

  4. An elegant and gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenge. Marlene DT