Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

How To Add A Little Stitching To Your Next Handmade Card

Are you looking for a fun detail to add to your next handmade card? Have you tried stitching? Carly is here today to share a card with a little stitching and the die that makes it a breeze!

I can’t sew. Not even a little. My mom is a really talented seamstress and used to make gorgeous wedding dresses. She tried to teach me many, many times but I still can barely sew on a loose button. Why am I telling you that? Well if I can add a few stitching details to a card, then anyone can do it!

This is the die that makes stitching easy, the Essentials by Ellen A2 Piercing Plate 2…

I love this die and the Essentials by Ellen Piercing Plate for texture but this was this first time I actually stitched with it. Is my stitching crooked? Yes but it adds character. And are my leaves in kinda wonky places? Totally but I still love how this card turned out and I will keep stitching!

Here’s a quick run down of how this card came together…

First I ran the Piercing Panel die through my die cut machine on a piece of white cardstock. I masked off a section at the bottom and added Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral ink with a blending tool.

From a second pierced panel, I die cut “hey” with the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hello dies and colored it with a blending tool and Distress Oxide Faded Jeans ink.

Next I used one of the leaf dies from Essentials by Ellen Pumpkin Season to make two little cardstock stencils and then I used them with Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber ink to add leaves across my pierced panel.

Then I added a little stitching to the leaves.

I liked the ink blended & stitched leaves so much, I stitched on some felt leaves.

Lastly I added the “hey” and foam mounted the panel to a folded card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Greta H October 6, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I almost bought that die & now I know I should have! Just love what you did here–thanks for the inspiration!

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