Sewing: Visual Interest

March 31st, 2012

Have you considered grabbing some thread and your sewing machine to stitch on cards? Sewing on cards is so easy and quick,a and adds just the right touch. It can make a great stamp even better…it can make a good design into a top notch showpiece.

For my card today, I chose a pretty image from the Rosy stamp set from Lost & Found 2 Collection by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye. I stamped and colored the image, as well as stamping the sentiment onto a neutral piece of card stock. I then flanked that with two strips of the paper from the Lost & Found 2 Blush 6×6 paper pad and a touch of lace, adhering the elements to the kraft card base on only the top and bottom portions.

Here’s what the card looked like without the stitching. A good enough card but I felt it needed a bit more.

I extended the line of the trapeze wire which rounded out the the design of the card too by completing a visual triangle.

Here are some tips to consider:
1. You don’t want to gum up your needle or machine, so be careful to not place adhesive where you will be stitching.
2. Draw light lines with a pencil to use as a guide when sewing, and erase later.
3. Attach lace or ribbon to your card with sewing to avoid those unsightly adhesive marks.
4. Choose your thread color to coordinate with your ink pads- also keep staple colors in your stash such as dark brown, black, white and tan.
5. Most machines have a few basic stitch designs, vary these on your card for added variety and texture.

I hope you’ll be inspired to pull out your sewing machine to add the little bit extra to your card!

10 responses to “Sewing: Visual Interest”

  1. Virginia Lu says:

    So happy to see Karen’s feature here! Love her work and today’s post is no exception! Congrats, Karen!

  2. Barb says:

    What a pretty card from Karen! Wonderful idea to add the extra special touch with the stitching!

  3. Karen, this looks fabulous. I think I might even have that stamp set somewhere in my stash. Love the sewing and am slowly starting to use it more and more.

  4. ~amy~ says:

    awesome card…great job with the stitching!

  5. Julie E says:

    The sewing adds sooo much to this image. Wonderful card!

  6. nicole says:

    Oh, I like it! I have sewn on cards before…but not like that. I’m going to have to try it. Thanks!

  7. Alice Wertz says:

    this is beautiful! love the stitching!

  8. Cassi says:

    lovely stitching — brilliant idea!

  9. jen shears says:

    Wow! What a beautiful addition the stitching is to this lovely image!

  10. Cynthia says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this but I’m such a novice at the sewing machine and thought I’d mess it up! Thanks!

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