Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Essentials By Ellen

Make a card background with embroidery floss

Join Sandy as she shows how you can incorporate paper embroidery with your cardmaking. She’s also sharing a video that shows her in-process tips & techniques.

Happy Memorial Day! It’s Sandy Allnock here…. and I had a red white and blue card bouncing around in my head – Memorial Day seemed a good day to share it. This is a holiday when we remember and honor those who died in service of our country; while it’s an American holiday, people all around the world can celebrate their heroes too!

This card looks a lot more difficult than it is – once I did some REALLY simple math, counting the holes and seeing what number divides fairly evenly into it – I just started the sewing! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? The trick I found to make these easier is to keep both colors threaded, then you can switch back and forth between colors without re-threading. I think that’s always been the hardest part for me, thus I avoided any stitchery.

The final touches were adding a popped border around the edges to cover the holes, and a hexagon in the center for the sentiment. With a little thread bow on it!

Over on my blog I’ve got more tutorial using Ellen Hutson dies – on the left, sewing on fabric! I show you how to design a pattern like this one on paper. Once you’re happy with the paper version you can jump into the fabric with confidence! On the right – a couple cards I made with various shapes of the stitching dies. Just click on each pic to go check out how it was made.

How about making a card today with YOUR country’s colors – and share it on social media? Let’s all honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to make our world a better, safer place.

See you again soon!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Michele W May 31, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    What a great idea! I’m going to be looking at my stitching dies a little differently to see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration and helpful video!

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