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. Yes, I love to cross stitch what I’m learning now is how to do cards. I’m really enjoying it. Thought your video was awesome. I subscribe to your blog and really love your work. This video was great.

  2. Seeing these cards really warmed my heart. I haven’t cross-stitched in quite a while, but have all my supplies quietly waiting their turn (so many crafts, so little time, right?!). I love the idea you’ve shown here of “painting” with the thread to create a background. It’s another whole world of options besides creating cross-stitched pictures! I’d love to work with that die… so many possibilities…

  3. Cross-stitch – oh yes! Been doing at least almost 30 years (monopoly board, ring bearers pillow…. and currently the Hogwarts crest). I just started card making and your videos are giving me so many ideas, loving every one of them (my bank account isn’t, but I am!)

  4. I used to do cross stitching a long time ago. It was my hobby until I discovered scrapbooking and cardmaking. I have a couple of large bins of pattern books, aida cloth and thread just waiting for me to return to! Maybe this winter I will try to work on some projects!

  5. I loved cross stitch and I had been doing it since elementary school!!! I am so excited that I could create my own base to see!! Omg!!! Thanks for letting me know of such an awesome thing!! <3

  6. At first I thought you were crazy when I saw the picture for the video, but after watching I realize that is a great thing to take on the go. I cross stitched precious moments and other things starting when I was very young. What a great way to bring it up to date. thank you

  7. I love stitching! I’ve lost count on how many cross stitch projects I’ve done. This sounds great to do on cards!

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    I love watching your creative and inspiring videos.
    Of all the crafting I do, seems I love doing cards the best.
    Love that you brought stitching into cards, my second fav!
    Thanks for all you do💜

  9. As always, your cards are lovely. Thanks for sharing with us!
    I did some cross-stitch when I was young (years ago…)!

  10. Very cool video showing us how you do these great stitched cards. I love the designs and I can see how the PS die is so helpful. I started my interests in crafts as a preteen when I picked up needlework projects. I still have them and love to see the beauty of the stitches.

  11. Oh my gosh! I so love this! I was an avid cross stitcher until I reached my mid 40’s, then I could not see so well. I have so much thread that I could make a million of these cards! I now have glasses and a magnifier! It would be great if the cancer patients that I make cards for could get one that has “Congrats” on it when they finish their last chemo. It would be a true keepsake and they could even frame it because it is so beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your contest. xoxo

  12. Hi Jennifer, love your beautiful stitched cards! Thank you for sharing. I have always been a stitcher, I’ve been cross stitching since i was just little. I always have a project going, sometimes three or four , or MORE! I have many needle work projects in the making. I do most of them as gifts for my family and friends,but once in a while I do a stitching project for myself. Love seeing how you do your stitched cards.

    ~Gin K.~

  13. These cards are amazing! My mum tired to teach me to stitch, but I had no patience as a child. I would love to try again with small pieces like these cards!

  14. I was once a cross stitcher, a very long time ago before I discovered paper crafting. This die is so versatile and would be a better use of my time than mindlessly scrolling through the internet.

  15. I watched your video and I love the cards. I have embroidered and crosstitched but not on cards. I think I found a new hobby thank you.

  16. Wow, absolutely gorgeous!!! I love to stitch…I find it very relaxing. I have never thought of stitching on paper . Cannot wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all <3

  17. Yes, I have been a long time cross stitcher. I have made various birth and wedding announcements, Christmas ornaments and tree skirts and numerous other home décor items (hand towels, name plate, pictures, etc.) . I entered a beaded tissue box cover and won a ribbon at the Florida State Fair. I have not ever stitched on cards though. Would love to win this die

  18. I’m a textile designer but I’ve never been a sticher. I can knit, crochet, saw… but never cross-stich. I once took a “magic embroidery” class. It was fun. After watching your video I was so inspired to try it!! All the cards are beyond gorgeous and they would be a great gift to make and to get.

  19. Oh my gosh, these cards are so beautiful! I’ve never done cross-stitching, but I used to do embroidery many years ago.

  20. Amazing variety of cards! Wow! I have been a stitcher- I’ve done a bunch of cross-stitch ornaments and pieces and more recently gotten a bunch of Papertrey Ink stitching dies for gift making.

  21. Yay, I have been waiting for this 🙂 And my expectations have been exceeded, soooo many cards!!!! I love stitching, I’ve done a bit of embroidery on fabric to make canvas art and a baby blanket. I have a heap of floss that is begging to be used on some cards now!

  22. Incredible! I’ve embroidered since a very young age, and still make my own clothing. But these cards. I’m sure anyone who receives considers it a treasure!

  23. I have done some really simple stitching before, but have yet to try stitching on cards. This post gave me so much inspiration though! Thank you!

  24. These are so beautiful! I’ve done a little cross stitch and hand stitching – it’s such a good hobby to do and be able to sit on the couch with my hubby. I need to do it more. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. In my teens and early 20’s I did a lot of stitch work. I don’t really know why I got away from it. But you’ve inspired me to do stitching again. Your stitched cards are really beautiful. I will definitely try stitching on my cards. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I enjoyed cross stitching many years ago (when my daughters were young). And now I enjoy card-making. To find your post and see both of these things together … wow … genius idea! Love it !!!

  27. I’ve never stitched before, but I LOVE these cards and want to give it a try. It looks like such a relaxing project and I like how portable it is. 😊

  28. I have not done hand stitching in a LONG time. I can see doing the simple cards but not the gorgeous one that took a few airplane flights! A few rows of grass and a few flowers~ I’ll try that! You are so inspiring, Jennifer!

  29. This is a wonderful idea Jennifer. I have done some simple cross stitch,,,,,,,many years ago. Perhaps it’s time to try this again. Thanks for a chance to win.

  30. I absolutely adore counted cross stitch. I learned it as a young woman from my mother. Later, while living in Europe, I learned to really appreciate the beauty of hand crafted, hand-made dresser scarves and samplers. Combining stitching and card making is the ultimate!!! Thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities!!

  31. Yes , I love to stitch simple designs very much and will be buying this die . Thanks for sharing . Your the best. Cindy

  32. HI Jennifer! Beautiful cards. I used to stitch “back in the day” when plastic canvas was popular. I loved it! My niece stitches free hand and is trying to show me how to create that way.

  33. I’ve never done any kind of stitching but the beautiful effect it gave to these cards I 100% plan on giving it a try. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing idea!

  34. Oh my goodness. If someone made me a card like these it would be such a blessing. These stitched cards are filled with love and generosity. SO lovely!!

  35. These cards you have done are beautiful, I would love to try it, it would be so fun to give something like this to my family. I do them handmade cards and nothing else but they would love love something like this. So Beautiful

  36. Yes, I was a cross stitcher for many years! Miss it! Never thought about stitching on cards but I’m going to try it now! I hesitate to get involved in long, drawn out projects but this would be a great way to get back into stitching again!

  37. Jennifer, thank you for this post. It inspired me to order the Paper Smooches die. SSS was out but Paper Smooches had it for the same price and, believe it or not shipped it in a couple of hours. I found individual colors of the DMC Perle Cotton thread at Joanne’s .com and could order the size 5 in individual 27 yard skeins for $1.69 each. It’s a little tricky because some of the colors are listed with color groups like reds, blues, greens but there are many beautiful colors available. Yes, mine are on the way. I also have size 3 but it may be too thick. This is such a great technique to add to our card making arsenal. I get tired of stamping. I also got my Hero Arts Monthly kit and Love it. I haven’t worked it out for me yet but will soon. I have a fishing grandson who’s Birthday is next month. It’ll be perfect. I got that spray all over me trying it out but it’s beautiful. Thanks again for being so conscientious regarding your videos. That’s just one reason we love you. I really like that you include Lila. Sorry this is so long, I know how busy you are but just know how grateful we are for you sharing so much with us.

  38. Hi Jennifer, WOW, WOW, WOW – your cards are beautiful. I truly appreciate and thank you for the “long” and detailed video. I truly appreciate the tremendous time and effort you always take to share with easy to follow instructions. Your amazing talents are endless. Each time I watch your videos I am so inspired to create and often try something new. Thank you for all your wonderful tips. I always learn from your organization ideas. A highlight of my day is to watch your videos while enjoying a coffee – you definitely add fun, inspiration and happiness to any day. Thank you!

  39. This is such a wonderful idea!!!
    I absolutely loved your video.
    I did not think it was to long. I learned so much.
    I have never been one to cross stitch. My daughters always did,
    but I think I was always to busy. I should have taken the time.
    You have inspired me!!! I am definitely going to try this.
    My grand-daughters would love cards like these.
    As soon as I learn how, I am going to have a grand-daughter- card-making –
    cross stitch party!!!!
    Doesn’t that sound fun????
    Thank you Jennifer.
    I am going to watch your video over and over.
    Thank you, again!!!
    Can you tell I am excited!!!

  40. This is so awesome! I’ve recently been trying learn cross stitch in order to conduct a program at the library I work at. Seems a good introductory to sewing for little ones, especially if we use the plastic lattice you can buy in fun shapes. Now I kind of want to do a card/stitching program, haha. Maybe for Christmas?
    This is so amazing Jennifer. I’ve recently discovered your youtube channel, and I’ve been marathoning through it, and learning so many techniques! Thank you!

  41. These are SO beautiful! Really takes me back, I used to do cross-stitch, but it’s been so so long – now I just want to grab my needle and start again! Thanks for the inspiration! xxx

  42. I just checked the date on my first stitching project. I’ve been cross stitching since 1981. I find your projects fascinating and appreciate the amount of time you’ve invested in this creative use of needles, thread and paper. Thanks for sharing.

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