Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

Tips For Simple Stitched Cards

Does the idea of stitching on your cards intimidate you? We promise it isn’t as hard as it might seem! Carly is here to share a clean & simple stitched card design along with her tips for creating stitched cards!

I’ve said it before and I will tell you again, I can’t sew. My wonderful, patient, accomplished seamstress mother has tried more times than we both can count to teach me some basic sewing skills and yet I still can’t even thread a sewing machine.

However I have decided that with a few fab tools & tricks, I can create stitched cards like this…

Here are my tips for some simple & easy stitched cards…

  • Start with die that creates the holes for you like the Essentials by Ellen A2 Piercing Plate. Having the holes pre-pierced really makes creating a design a million times easier! And actually I love using the EBE A2 Piercing Plate just for texture too.
  • Use heavy cardstock that can stand up to all the extra handling while you stitch like Solar White 110lb.
  • Choose a simple design like the overlapping diagonal lines I used here.
I started in each corner and stitched diagonal lines in a color blocked design (7 lines of each color).
I stitched all the white lines on both sides before stitching orange, then all the orange before dark pink, etc. The lines started to overlap in the middle.
After stitching four colors on each side, I added 7 teal striped on the left only.
  • Get comfy while you stitch! I grabbed all my supplies and caught up on some reality tv while I stitched this so panel.
  • Add a frame on top to hide any “rough edges”. And my super smart friend Heather suggested making the frame a few layers thick for stability and depth so I layered 3 frames (cut with the Essentials by Ellen Essential Rectangles) and it was perfect!


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  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 September 28, 2022 at 8:09 am

    looks amazing!

  • Reply Korkie Moore-Bruno September 28, 2022 at 8:20 am

    What type of string/yarn did you use? What are the Copic markers used for?

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC September 28, 2022 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Korkie! Carly used the Copics to color in the “Thank You” sentiment, and you can explore our selection of thread on our website here:

  • Reply Steph Atterbury September 28, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    These colors are gorgeous together and love the threads!

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