Stitched Cards + GIVEAWAY

Well… after many, many, many requests, I have a video sharing how I do stitching on my cards. Lots of information and LOTS of examples!

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I often do stitching on paper while I am on the go and have shared pictures on Instagram. I had not intended to do a video but received a lot of requests. This video happened over the course of over two months (yes – note the many nail polish changes – lol) and it is SUPER long. But I had lots of examples to share!

I know that this type of card is not for everyone. But I also know that many of you were also stitchers or still are, so I am hoping you enjoy it. Please also know that I am not an expert  – just sharing what I find works best for me.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Be sure to watch the video to learn the basic stitching, tools used, etc. In this blog post I am just sharing close-up photos and the products used on each. For all of my cards I used a size 20 needle, DMC Pearl Cotton Size 5 Floss (but you can also use the many other options HERE), and the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die. This die is amazing!

Now for the examples…

This card was one of my first stitching-on-paper projects. I did basic cross stitches to fill the entire Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die cut area. I adhered the stitched piece with Darice Foam Adhesive Strips to a Carta Bella Light Silver Shimmer 12×12 Cardstock notecard and added a black-embossed-on-vellum sentiment from the Birch Press Make a Statement Stamp Set. I like that this stamp set has a coordinating die set so you can cut the words out perfectly. I adhered the words with hidden drops of Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another with all cross stitches, but I really like the bright colors on the black cardstock. I added a Simon Says Stamp Happy Days mini sentiment and sun die cut, along with a vellum heat embossed Birch Press Make a Statement Stamped die cut.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This one was a favorite of mine to make. It was inspired by a sweater my friend Kathy Racoosin was wearing! I used the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to die cut twice on cardstock to give me a bigger area to stitch. The heart is from the My Favorite Things Stitched Heart Stax Die Set and the sentiments are from the Birch Press Make a Statement Stamp and Birch Press Make a Statement Stamps. (I used the Memory Box Sew Fond of You Stamp Set on the envelope.) Finally, a few Lucy’s Cards Ice Cube Jewels for accents…

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I covered the area with random stitching and then went back to add sequins. I just made sure I left spots for them. (I always do the sequins last.)

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another with all cross stitches, but this time on Carta Bella Light Silver Shimmer Cardstock. I added a vellum and black Memory Box Big Halo Hello die cut and a Winnie and Walter Sentimental Love sentiment strip.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I find that die sets like this “hello” (where there is the word die and it’s shadow die) are great for adding on top of stitching. The vellum helps the word stand out over the busy stitching.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This is the only example I have where I did stitching on felt. I realllly like the look of it but honestly enjoyed the paper stitching better. I adhered cardstock to the back of a felt piece and then die cut them together with the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die. (The die won’t completely cut through the cardstock but enough so you can stitch.) The “hello” is from the Memory Box Big Halo Hello Die Set and the sentiment is again from the Winnie and Walter Sentimental Love Stamp Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This pattern too a long time, but I like the results and hope to do more. All the stitches are basic back stitches on a diagonal.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I just had to do a rainbow! I enjoyed making this so much that I am currently making a few more just like it on kraft and black cardstock. After covering the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die Cut background with a variety of stitching, I added Kat Scrapiness Blossom Sequins with french knots.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The layered “love” is from the Memory Box Little Halo Love Dies Set, with the stamped sentiment from the Winnie and Walter Sentimental Love Stamp Set. Oh – and the notecard is from Carta Bella Light Silver Shimmer Cardstock.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stitching is also fun on colored cardstock. I created stitching with various colors of pink and added a vellum-and-glitter-paper-layered Pink and Main Congrats die cut.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that the My Favorite Things Silver Glitter Cardstock is thick and has a white core so that it can be used as a notecard.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Want to save time? Just do half stitches and skip a few rows. I like the chevron look to this one. The butterfly is from the fabulous Memory Box Stitched Butterfly Trio Die Set and the “thinking of you” is from the Simon Says Stamp Happy Days Stamp Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I decided to mix stitches on this next one. The outside is made up of cross stitches, and the inside is filled with back stitches both horizontally and vertically. (It ends up looking like little boxes.) And I love that sweet sentiment from the Paper Smooches Kindness Sampler Stamps Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of a simple white heat embossed sentiment on a vellum heart. I find that it is not too distracting from the stitched backgrounds, but also still stand outs. Here I used a Gina K Sentimental Summer Kit sentiment along with Kat Scrapiness Blossom Sequins.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After making lots of stitched backgrounds, I wanted to try something different. When I finished this piece, I honestly didn’t love it. But once I pulled it together into a card, I was much happier! I did little areas of different stitches… then did long stitches to separate the areas. The sentiment is white heat embossed on vellum using the Simon Says Stamp Sea You Soon Stamps Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Yep, This “blessed” card took me a long time to stitch. However, it made a few plane rides go by fast! I double die cut the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to cover the whole background and used a metallic DMC floss to make it even more fun.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I layered two vellum hearts and added a Memory Box Blessed Perky Script stacked die cut. I can’t wait to send this to a friend!

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card took a lot less time. 🙂 I also show in the video a trick for adding the letters from the Paper Smooches Thanks So Much Die perfectly onto my card. That die is a new favorite of mine. Oh – and you can see the stamped cross stitch heart on the envelope from the Waffle Flower Stitched Cup of Tea Stamp Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I remember stitching this next one at my daughter’s first soccer practices. I topped it off with a black My Favorite Things Celebrate Die Cut covered with Wink of Stella Shimmer and a few layers of clear embossing powder. I love that you can get so many looks from the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is amazing how layers of embossing powder add so much dimension to a die cut!

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card shows a rainbow of cross stitching with a few rows of Kat Scrapiness Blossom Sequins between. I created the word “hugs” by stacking Echo Park Script Alphabet Die Cut letters and covering them with Glossy Accents.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Time for a few teacher cards! I make a lot of teacher cards and put a lot of time into each. So stitching is perfect! This first teacher card features a background created by doing ombre cross stitching. I then topped it off with pieces cut from the SugarPea Designs Schoolscape Dies Set and a sentiment from SugarPea Designs Sweet Sentiments Teacher Stamp Set.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Isn’t this school scene so cute? That SugarPea Designs Schoolscape Dies Set is creative and I will be using it again soon. It would even look great with a non-stitched background.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also really like this SugarPea Designs Teacher Dies Set… the perfect addition to this colorful plaid background that I created while waiting on a 4th of July parade. 🙂 I added the die cut to a piece of vellum along with a Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiment Stamp greeting.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that the SugarPea Designs Teacher Dies Set includes an apple that you can die cut, color and add to the “a.” So clever.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also used the  SugarPea Designs Teacher Dies Set and Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiment Stamp Set on this next simple card. To save time, I just did a few stitched borders and left the other holes open.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

In addition to stitching, I love crafting with felt. Here I used the Simon Says Stamp Plush Daffodil and Daisy and Memory Box Plush Prairie Flowers Dies to cut felt flower and leaves. After creating my stitched background, I added the felt pieces along with a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Happy Days Stamp Set at the center.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is also fun to stitch borders on cards. Here I used the Paper Smooches Dots & Dashes Die to create three lines of holes. I then cross stitched the grass and added Memory Box Plush Prairie felt flowers. The sentiment is from the Paper Smooches Kindness Sampler Stamps Set. I like how these flower dies cut holes to add stitching details.

Finally, I wanted to show that you can do stitching on your cards even if you don’t have a die to create the holes. Here I created holes in a square with a needle… all about 1/4″ apart. I then added cross stitches. Simple! And I REALLY like the look of it. I topped off the stitching with Mixed Flower Sequins and a Echo Park Script Alphabet Dies Cut “hi” greeting.

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I plan to make more like this but next time I will put a piece of graph paper over my cardstock to make poking the holes much faster! 🙂

Stitching On Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Whew! That is a lot of examples. And if you would like to create your own patterns with the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die, you can print a free download HERE.

And by the way, I really like stitching on the go. In the video I shared the system I used with the Illustrated Faith Organization Bag & Kangaroo Pouch Set, Illustrated Faith Kangaroo Pouch, Plus FitCut Twiggy Compact Scissors, and 3 Inch Rings. This system REALLY works well for me.


How would you like to win a Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/25/17 telling me if you have ever been a stitcher. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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746 thoughts on “Stitched Cards + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Another inspiring video (and cards) Jennifer!
    I’m also a cross stitcher and currently working on tiny squares of cross stitch patterns to be cut up and put on cards. They take so long despite it being on 21×21 squares. It seems like cross stitching on paper will be a tad quicker!

  2. Absolutely amazing work on those cards! Just now getting back into cross stitching and am getting a lot more motivated after seeing these! Thanks

  3. I used to cross stitch. I finished a lot of pieces, some I gave away and some are still in my parent’s home. I think that is when my vision got worse because of how I would just keep stitching. I stopped for a while then was on it again when I was pregnant with my eldest son. After seeing your video, it brought back memories of the craft I used to love and still love. Actually, I’ve been eyeing this Paper Smooches die when I saw it. Not quite decided to invest on it until I saw your video. A lot of ideas in my head using this die. Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway.

  4. I have been doing crafts all my life. Cross stitching and embroidery is one of my favorites. Now my thing is card making. What fun this is! Adding embroidery stitches to cards……… Love it!!!

  5. These cards are extremely beautiful. I love cross stitching so I will have to try this on my cards. Thanks for this idea. Love your videos.

  6. Jennifer, A woman after my own heart. I’ve done cross stitching years ago on guest towels and have all my embroidery threads. I never thought to use them on my cards until I saw your tutorial on cross stitched cards. I think this is a marvelous idea and I’m going to pull out my threads and start practicing making these cards. All your examples are beautiful and look extremely easy to follow. Thanks again for this tutorial, it’s been a great inspiration.

  7. Jennifer,
    Every video I have watched has inspired me. I have never tried cross stitch and I can’t wait to try this technique. I love all of your designs. Thank you so much for teaching!

  8. like a lot of people have stated, I used to do crosstitch many years ago. A lot of the supplies are still in my closet and I am looking forward to getting them out and using them again. I really like that these are small uses of stitching because larger stitching projects would be terrible on my eyes. The cards. you made are just stunning.

  9. Another great video. I used to do cross stitch many years ago. I also did crewel embroidery but my eyesight has grown older along with the rest of my body and no longer do that. This die would be a wonderful thing to have to incorporate stitching with my cards. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  10. I remember doing some cross stitching as a kid. I loved the idea of creating something handmade and I guess that idea has stuck with me. I still stitch a bit and also crochet; though since my mother-in-law is really into cross stitching I’ve been getting back into it to share some commonalities there. I’ve been scrapbooking for a while and got into card making through my ministry at church a few years ago. Wow are there an amazing amount of techniques and products out there!!! I can’t believe I never thought of stitching on a card before, but I’m sure excited to try it now! Thanks for the inspiration Jennifer!

  11. I too have been a cross-stitcher all my life. I have incorporated cross stitching on other ways on my cards. This is a must try for me. THANK YOU

  12. Cross-stitching got put on hold as I was raising my kids. What fun to see this video. I have my floss stored wrapped around the cardboard just as you have shown it in your video. Thanks for re-introducing me to cross-stitching. I can’t wait!

  13. Hi Jennifer,
    My name is Cassandra and I am new to the world of card making. Thanks especially to you and Kristina I have learned so many new and exciting ideas. I get so much inspiration from what you and and a lot of others do. There are so many talented and creative people in this industry. It makes me so happy and eager to learn more. I think I am in trouble now with this technique though, it is totally up my ally as I come from a crochet background. I can not wait to try this out!
    Thank you so much for everything.

  14. These cards are amazing! I love the designs that look like Fair Isle Sweaters. I used to cross stitch & candlewick embroidery a lot when I was younger. I had a boring weekend job!

  15. I too loved to cross stitch as a kid and I still sew today but I have never embellished my cards with stitching. This die is fantastic and would be such a useful tool for teaching my kids the basics of sewing! Thanks for sharing and your cards are beautiful!

  16. So awesome! Not surprising, coming from you! These should be framed! I hope the recipients think to do that! Thanks so much for taking the time to share all this!

  17. Your cards are always amazing! I used to cross stitch but seems to take forever to get any type of satisfaction haha =)

  18. I love embroidery and counted cross sstitch but I never thought to do so on a card. As always, love ALL of your cards and will definitely try it soon. Thank you for concise and thorough directions. Length is never a problem with your videos. Time just flies because you keep things moving along. I’ve been crafting for decades, paper crafting for about 8 years and you have given me a shot in the arm. Thanks so very much.

  19. My mom taught me to cross stitch when I was 12 years old. I still love it 40 years later. Your cards are beautiful and unique.

  20. The stitching die is a fabulous prize! This looks time consuming; but very worth it! Thanks for all your videos.

  21. Wow! another fantastic addition to card making- thanks for all of the awesome stitching examples and tutorial!

  22. I used to cross stitch , embroider and do smocking a lot, when my kids were at home, but have not done any recently. I enjoy your videos, thanks for sharing!

  23. You have combined two of my favorite hobbies!! I have been stitching since I was a little girl learning all kinds of embroidery stitches from my mom and grandma. I love my paper crafting and am looking forward to adding my talent of stitching colorful patterns just as you’ve demonstrated. It is a fun project to do while watching a movie or on the go!! Thanks Jennifer, for another wonderful video!!

  24. Yes, I cross stitched when I was in school, but I rarely finished a project. I’d get bored of the design and want to work on something else. I usually went back to each one at some point. I think I still have some of them. More recently I took up stitching pictures on muslin and I love that. This die looks so fun! I love all your designs. I hope I win because I can’t afford the die right now and I would love to make similar cards to donate to the local children’s hospital’s annual fundraiser in November. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. My grandmother started my love of embroidery when I was 8 or 9. Then as an adult I became addicted to cross stitch! I haven’t stitched for several years, I’m afraid if I start I won’t be able to stop 😀

  26. Jennifer= Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! for showing us how you have been doing the stitching.Since I wrote you a note begging for the video because I like to have something in my hands when we are driving somewhere and I was liking what I saw you and Lila doing. I CAN’T wait to get started. The video is one I will look at over and over again until I become proficient with the sewing. Love what you did with your cards, too. Love the large lettering and vellum. Again a very special thank you for doing this video! You are definitely my idol!!!!!!

  27. Wow so many beautiful cards! When I was young I did some cross stitching but I have never tried it on cards like this. I’ve done a few stitches here and there every now and then but it’s been a while since I have even done something like that. This die would be wonderful! Thanks for sharing your creativity and so many lovely examples with us!

  28. Oh my, my mother taught me how to cross stitch when I was 12, I crossed stitch for years but have not done so in awhile. I would love to win this die and see what kind of patterns I could come up with. Love all yours and love all your inspiration.

  29. I am a card stitcher using embroidery floss and punching my own holes from patterns I buy from the UK.
    I got some pearl cotton and can’t wait to get started. I have copied some of your designs so am waiting to see what new ones I can come up with.

  30. I hardly know what to say, Jennifer. Besides being speechless, yes, I have done cross stitch before. I did a fairly large one for the birth of our last child in 1989. It took me over a year to finish. Your projects displayed today simply floor my brain.

  31. I used to do cross stitch, including birth samplers and personalised Christmas stockings with a band of cross stitching. Now enjoying card making, you have inspired me to try stitching on a smaller project – thanks

  32. I used to cross stitch with my grandmother when I was a teenager. I haven’t done it since than . I would now love to teach my grandchildren how to cross stitch.

  33. Signing in from Australia I am 71 yrs on the 6 th September this year and did cross stitching many years ago I remember being on holiday and sitting on a lounger by the resorts pool sewing away like crazy to finish a wedding picture of an animated piggy Bride and Groom to finish it in time to take to Los Angeles to the event –
    This was 20 years ago and it is still on their wall in a frame and looking good I want to thank you for the many years I have been watching your amazing videos -a great learning curve to say the very least good job !! Rita

  34. There was a time, like 3 years that I could spent 8 hrs a day to cross stitch, and you can imagine I created many cross stitched pieces to decorate my place’s walls! Now, I don’t have time, nor the eye sight to see much. …lol.I did like the chevron design with one line, not stitched . I also like this cuz of the light tough on the card. If I did full stitches, cards would look too bulky and I don’t like it. But thanks for this video & cards Jennifer! It was a long video but I enjoyed it very much, thinking about back in the days time, and plan to do a bit of stitching to my next card!

  35. Wow. These have inspired me to pick up my needles and thread again! Used to cross stitch as a hobby when I was in college and university!

  36. Fantastic video! I was so into it that it didn’t seem long at all. 🙂 I did all types of embroidery growing up. It was one of my favorite past times. I did do a little bit of cross stitch as well but gave it up when it became too hard on my eyes. This looks so much more eye friendly and I love the portability of the projects. I will definitely be giving it a try and will be getting out some graph paper until I can get my hands on that die. Thanks for the video and card samples. Such great inspiration!

  37. Hi Jennifer,
    I did some cross stitch a long time ago and recently got into cardmaking and crochet. I would love to give this technique a try as it looks absolutely wonderful!!!

  38. Omg, what a great video and awesome cards. I use to stich when I was younger, and also croshee. I tried little bit of stitching after your other video where you stitched just a border. I love it,but after this video I will be trying more. Thank you so much for amazing ideas and inspiration! God bless!

  39. I used to cross stitch! I made bibs for my sons and even made my own patterns on graph paper! I still have thread! I just may try cards! Thank you Jennifer!

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