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Video: Partial Die Cutting and Stitching

Hello! Today’s video shares three things: how to stitch on cards… how to use partial die cutting to “mask”… and how to arrange small embellishments.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below to multiple sources. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I really like the look of stitching on cards – – it adds to the handmade feeling. The new My Favorite Things Peek A Boo Heart Frame and Alphabet dies really make stitching easy since they cut perfectly-spaced, tiny holes. I used We R Memory Keepers silver string. It is great for card stitching and can be easily colored with Copic Markers (or any permanent marker).

The video also shows how I used partial die cutting to creatively “mask” the heart and “xo” dies so there wouldn’t be a messy overlap. This is a great trick to keep in mind when die cutting. I have another video coming soon demonstrating this.

And finally, I show how I go about deciding where to place my sequins and gems. It isn’t rocket science – and I am not sure I always get it just right – but the tips may be helpful. But no matter what… I highly recommend Multi Medium to adhere sequins. Nothing else works as good.

Almost forgot to mention that I stamped my notecard with the essential MFT Pinstripe stamp and allowed it to peek out a bit. This is a great stamp for a nice finished edge.

I will be honest – these dies are a huge time saver and something I will be using again soon. However, you could always get a similar effect by tracing a die cut on your card and punching your own tiny holes for stitching.

WINNER

The winner of the Organzize More $75 gift certificate is Susan McRae. I emailed you!

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33 thoughts on “Video: Partial Die Cutting and Stitching”

  1. Yes, I did counted cross-stitch for years! I loved it – especially the 32-count linen. No, really! I had to give it up when I could no longer see the tiny designs in the squares that told you what color to use. I do have every color DMC floss, though, so all I need to do is find the patience to sew on a card. HA! Right.

  2. Before I even started the video, I was thinking how I wished you would show us where/how to place sequins, so thank you very much. Now I just need to dig out all my old cross-stitch floss.

  3. I still have lots of my embroidery floss from cross stitching. I use to really enjoy it a lot! Love what you did with this card and the advice on placement of the sequins. Another winner card! I just LOVE how you teach us how to make the variety of cards. You always come up with a new way of doing things. So cool! Thank you!

  4. I just received my heart and alpha dies in the mail today… And I have an entire container of DMC floss just needing to be used.

  5. You are so right! I was passionate about cross-stitching for years and now have moved on to papercrafts. So nice that this card harks back to my / our crafting past. Thanks for explaining the principle behind sequin placement. It helped a lot and your card is so pretty.

  6. WOW Jennifer what a fantabulous card. It was fun watching your die cutting technique and you doing the back stitch…..and your story share while doing so. What super great ideas all through your video. It is fun to embroider and sew and yep sitting out in the sun while doing it super relaxing and the result is amazing. Super great video and packed with inspiration. I so enjoyed too your ideas for doing the stripe stamped border your card was jammed packed with all kinds of neat, clever & creative ideas. What a fun way to kick start my Saturday morning. YOU ROCK!!

  7. A really pretty card…. silver and pink is always a winner! And I think I know the reason you like sequins with gems on them. Sequins are mostly stitched on with seed pearls I believe, so like a button needs some thread, a sequin needs a gem. What do you think? Yes?

  8. Hand-stitching is so satisfying! I love the tip for partial die-cutting, as well as the reminder that you can colour-coordinate anything with Copics! Sweet little card!

  9. This is very helpful, I would love to see more of the partial die cutting and different ways to do it. Beautiful card, love the stitching! Congrats to Susan for winning the G.C. !!

  10. Your stitching is great and I would love it with color behind the holes also. the partial die cutting is such a great technique. I am going through my dies and see what I can put together-thanks Jennifer!

  11. Thanks for the advice for placing the sequins. I am never sure where to place them. I have heard you talk about the triangle before and now I see how placing two closer together makes a difference. I like to cover us the holes, too. I have used gems before and I also used enamel accents. I like placing them off center better than what I have been doing. Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. I can so identify with this blog post. I stitched countless alphabet samplers for friends and family with DMC floss on 28 ct. or 32 ct. linen. Most of the samplers were my designs, but I started out using designer patterns. I still have every color of DMC and lots of linen left and have been trying to use some in my card making! I’ve backstitched a stamped design on linen and added it to a card and after seeing your beautiful card today, I’m inspired to stitch some more.

  13. I love the stitching! So fun and different. Thanks for showing the partial die cutting. This is something I’ve been wanting to try, and it really helps to see it in action. You explain things so well! πŸ™‚

  14. Needlearts is one of my ‘first’ crafting loves, so I’m thrilled when I can incorporate it into my card making! I’m so happy to see MFT come out with these two items. I think the alpha dies have so many uses, and isn’t that what we all want when we invest in our craft supplies – more bang for the buck! As always thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Jennifer
    I love your videos. I watch a few demonstrators and you are by far one of the best.’
    I want to buy every thing you demo, you really inspire me. Keep up the great work.
    Happy summer!
    Suzanne W

  16. Another fun and creative technique…thank you. To place sequins I drop them on the card surface and wherever they scatter is where I adhere…but your advice is easier. A long time ago an orthopedic surgeon gave me the best advice about “fixing” anything….he said, “the enemy of good is better.”

  17. OH MY – I didn’t know that there were dies to create these perfect pierced designs!!! I have created some hand stitched snowflake cards but pierced each hole then stitched with metallic thread. I LOVE these dies and I REALLY appreciate your video tutorial teaching me all about partial die cutting, colouring threads & bling to match and how to make perfect layers too – THANK YOU πŸ™‚

  18. I think I still have a couple of unfinished cross stitch projects in my drawer. It’s a relaxing pastime on a winter’s evening. Lovely card and great tips, as we’ve all come to know is going to be the case. πŸ˜‰

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