Tuesday, January 15, 2013

heliacal: adjective

relating to or near the sun — used especially of the last setting of a star before and its first rising after invisibility due to conjunction with the sun's rising and setting
Let's Get Stitchy is the challenge over at Take it on Tuesday!!
( stitching can be real or faux )

Our sponser this month is
Crafty -emblies is our sponsor for January, with a £10 store voucher for our lucky winner this month.
( currency convertor )
I sooooooooooo love stitching on my projects!
Here is the one I completed for the challenge:
The easiest and best way to add a special touch to your card is a simple border. Just straight line stitching.
Reminisce - pattern paper
Studio G - house stamp ( stamped and paper pieced back together )
examples of other hand stitching:
You can sew shapes, here is a stitched rainbow shape and then I used chalks to help highlight the colors :)
Or, if your up to some French Knots, they add awesome texture!

or, if you are the more adventurous type you can do something like this:
Here I stitched the bristles to the brush, the bristles that are "dipped in green paint" are fibers glued on. This is one I would consider a little bit of mixed media.

Now for anyone that has never done hand stitching on a card, here are a few basic rules.
These are the tools to my trade :) Nothing fancy or high tech here. You will note an old piece of Styrofoam that I use as a base to push my fancy hole piercer through. And yes, my hole piercer is nothing more than a needle jammed into a pencil eraser. I do love my Fiber Friend and it helps to make all my spacing perfect, although I don't always use it.
Punch your holes BEFORE sewing, otherwise your paper can bend or tear.
Do not knot the thread on the back as it can still slip through the hole, but tape your beginning and end piece of thread down.
Do not stitch directly onto your base card. Always sew onto a separate piece of paper that you will adhere to the base card stock. That way the stitches on the back will not be visible.
 Sew simple, yes?


My name is Cindy said...

That is a really cute 'home' card Sandee! Good tips about the sewing on the card - though I could have done with a French knot tutorial - I tried to do some on my project but gave up, I have obviously lost my technique! Have a good day, Cindy x

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what wonderful cards!!!

Karin Ă…kesdotter said...

... and SEW AWESOME!!! LOve your cards and your designs! Hugs!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic projects, great tips on how to stitch card.
Yvonne x

Katie said...

Thank you for all of the tips! They are helpful. I love to stitch on my layouts, but have never tried it on a card (because I was worried about stitches showing on the back - what an easy fix!)

Krisha said...

Great tips for some stitching. Something that I haven't yet tried. Love the paint brush!!

Redanne said...

Hi Sandee, love your card and also your tips, I have not done a French knot for years and they are so beautiful, I really must have a go again. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Anne x

Tina Theis of Ivory Moon Designs said...

Beautiful makes .... I love the paint brush .. thats really cute xxx


wwilloww said...

Thanks Sandee! I've never sewn on a card and now I think I can. Will let you know when I do!

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

Great tutorial! jenx

Mary Friederichsen said...

Love these Sandee! How adorable and I LOVE your paper piercer!! lol That paint brush is adorabel, how clever!
Thank you for sharing!
Blessings and Hugs,

Alexa said...

Love all your projects and the tutorials are really helpful. My favourite is definitely the brush! x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandee,
This is a great card,love the stitched frame and I love your quote.
Avril xx

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Hey Sandee!!, Stitching is one of my favorite things to add to my art as well. Love your card, one of my fav color schemes, black and white.
from Cathy - down south of ya!!

Shirley said...

I like that hand-stitched rainbow! I've wanted to try more handstitching on projects . . .

Claudia N. said...

Wow - I really adore your hand-stitching on these cards (I admit I am way too lazy to do it by hand even though I am not very good friends with my sewing machine either *lol).

Big hug from snowed under Vienna,

Claudia xx