Friday, March 25, 2016

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop - Embroidery Stitching on Paper

The Papertrey Ink Blog Hop challenge this month is to incorporate embroidery stitching on your paper project. The first stamp set that came to mind for this was Doodlie-do - it has simple images and lines that almost suggest the type of stitches to use. Here is what I came up with- (no sun today so not the greatest picture)



I stamped the image that I wanted to embroider in Soft Stone ink and the rest with Versafine Onyx Black. The sentiment was heat embossed - I did this before I started stitching in case it didn't turn out. Using a straight pin I pierced the holes for the section of the image I wanted to embroider first being careful not to put the holes too close together. I used three strands of floss and worked my way through the image, piercing and stitching each section as I went. I used mainly an outline stitch, french knots and a modified satin stitch. Stitching on paper has it's own unique challenges, you are handling your paper a lot more than usual so you have to be careful, your thread starts to shred a bit after being pulled repeatedly through the paper, so keep your thread fairly short and if you work the paper too much and put too many holes in it you essentially perforate it and your work can fall apart.

I have embroidered on scrapbook pages in the past, and when I first saw this challenge I wondered why I hadn't carried that over onto my cards. After spending I don't know how many hours embroidering on this card I remembered why - it is a huge time investment. This card is going to a very special someone, so it was worth it. I enjoyed the challenge of embroidering on paper, but after doing all of the stitching I was really worried that I would mess up the card in some way I was almost afraid to put it together.

Supplies:
Stamps - Doodlie-Do, Birthday Cheer (PTI)
Paper - Stampers Select White, Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening CS (PTI)
Ink - Soft Stone (PTI), Versafine - Onyx Black, Versamark, Blue EP
Other - embroidery floss (DMC), bitty rhinestones


41 comments:

  1. gorgeous card... love all the beautiful stitching!!

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  2. Gorgeous Connie! I agree why haven’t we been doing this all along, I guess time. Oh this is just so pretty! Beautiful stitching too!

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful card Connie and so worth the time and effort you put into it! I'm sure the receiver will not want to throw this beauty away! :0)

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  4. This is gorgeous, Connie! Love your touches of stitching! Beautifully done!

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  5. This is so elegant and stylish! Love how you incorporated the stitching.

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  6. Beautifully done! Love the stitching!

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  7. Oh, this is stunning! I like how you just added a little color and kept the rest neutral.

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  8. This is perfect for the inspiration. I love it!!

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  9. Gorgeous stitching, Connie! For me, the time invested in stitching will be saved for those that will appreciate a special card :)

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  10. Your card is so lovely and matches the inspiration so well. I too was afraid of my sewn section falling out, but they didn't! I put a little tape on the back just in case.

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  11. Stunningly beautiful! Love how you used your different stitches for the leaves and flowers. It captures the inspiration beautifully with the mix of embroidery and black line details.

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  12. Your card is so beautiful! Yes, it takes time...but what a keepsake!

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  13. Beautiful!! I surely is time consuming!! but the results are stunning!

    Patti

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  14. Beautiful job Connie. I do not sew so it amazes me when people do.

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  15. Thank you for explaining how you've created this gorgeous creation! Love that some of the items you've left unaltered and simple too.

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  16. Such a nice card and fun challenge. Yours is beautiful.. I love the image and the stitching makes it perfect.

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  17. This is a huge standout in the gallery. So beautifully done! Love each of your colour choices. And I agree that piercing holes in the cardstock was VERY tricky :)

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  18. oh my goodness, i love this. your stitches and colour choices are perfect. wow!

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  19. Stunning stitching. How cool that you combined stitching and stamping. Love how it looks.

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  20. OH wow this is just beautiful....love the embriodary!

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  21. Oh my goodness, I love what you did with Doodlie-Do! Your card is so lovely with the stitches added to these images. Love it!

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  22. Oh my! I can imagine that took some time to do, but it sure turned out pretty! This card is just gorgeous!!

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  23. STUNNING! Beautifully crafted, love your stitching!

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous card, Connie! After all that work, I'd frame it so no chance of it getting tossed by some ungrateful recipient.

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  25. Beautiful card Connie! Your embroidery work is perfect!

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  26. Embroidery and Doodlie-Do are a match made in heaven! What an awesome card! The recipient will treasure it.

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  27. Beautiful take on the challenge Connie!

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  28. Absolutely amazing work of art! Your friend is very lucky!

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  29. Love that you took time to tell us the story of the frustrations of sewing on paper, something we ALL went through! But your card is so gorgeous, colors, embroidery, all stunning!!!

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  30. Oh wow connie, this is amazing! Looks like we had the same idea. It makes my stitching look very lazy lol. It must have taken ages!

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  31. Wow, I'm impressed and so will be the lucky person receiving this card. I might have to leave it on display for awhile before I let this one go. Beautiful!

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  32. WOW!! Thank you for taking the time it took to make this gorgeous card.

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  33. Beautiful! I love the gray flowers with the lovely blue and green stitching!

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  34. Oh my! This is stunning! From the color combo to the overall design! Beautiful!

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  35. Congratulations on being featured in the PTI newsletter! Very well deserved!

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Thanks so much for your kind comments, they always make my day.