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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.

GIVEAWAY

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!)

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746 thoughts on “Stitched Cards + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Oh my goodness! I love, love, love this idea! My mother owned a x-stitch store for 11 years. That was my 1st job and when I learned to x-stitch in 1975!! Card making + cross stitching = Tons of fun and inspiration!!! I am so excited about this Paper Smooches die! Your ideas are absolutely fabulous! I love all the colors and can’t wait to go watch the video. You never cease to amaze me with your creative ideas!!!

  2. When my girlfriend and I started crafting together we did tons on neeedlepoint. Then one day we got crazy about card making. Now to do all together would be so awesome. I hope I am blessed to win they we can both share. Can’t wait till it’s out!!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing. I sew, but have not hand stitched since high school. I really like these and also I like your felt stitching. Football season is coming up for my 11 year old son and I think stitching will help me pass the time during practice and games. There are so many time outs, I get fidgety! LOL!

  4. I started with cross stitching when I was very young. I have passed the skill on to my two girls. I think stitching on cards is a lovely idea. Thank you for the beautiful examples!

  5. Jennifer,

    Your creativity is inspiring. I dug out all my cross-stitch supplies and am excited to try this out. I’ve always loved cross-stitching on paper. I would have never thought about incorporating it into my card making. I love your videos. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into it. Wish I could meet you in person. Bless you and your family.
    Betty Schaaf

  6. Beautiful cards! I used to cross stitch, its been quite a while though. I never thought of stitching on cards. Great idea!

  7. These cards are definitely beautiful. A lot of stitches, or just a little, really adds to the sentiment. Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!

  8. When I was in high school, for Home EC class we had to do some kind of embroidery for a grade. I found out my mom did embroidery before she got married in 1950. She gave me all of her thread, her embroidery hoop, her needles and scissors, and some unfinished projects. She also gave me some iron-ons that still work today. She taught me how to do embroidery and I got an A! I have loved to do it ever since! When I was doing craft fairs, I used to sell embroidered baby bibs. Your stuff is so beautiful and almost looks better then mine, which is saying a lot since I’ve been doing it since 1970 or 71. I still make baby bibs but the stuff I used to spray them with called Craft Guard, which made whatever you spilled on them bead up and was non toxic if the baby put it in its mouth, was discontinued. I loved that stuff and when I told people about Craft Guard they bought my bibs. They weren’t buying them without it because they were afraid the baby would dirty the bib and ruin all my nice work.
    I haven’t flown in years. Can you bring your scissors and needles on a plane? I know there are so many things you can’t being. I love to do stuff like that on a plane which I used to do.
    Thanks for showing us your beautiful work. I am always impressed with what you do.

  9. Cross stitching was my first ‘grown up craft’ and I still have Christmas stockings I made for my husband and I when we were first married 24 years ago! We no longer use them, but I can’t bear to part with them for having spent so much time on them! They are complete with sequins and jingle bells 🙂 I did a few other projects and wall hangings, all of which were either gifted or have been donated, so the stockings are all I have left of those days. That, and my stash of floss!!!

  10. OMG! You have a looooot of patience to do such beautiful stitching!!! Loved your work! I’ve never been a stitcher, but your cards are inspiring me to start. I never know if I’ll ever have the patience though 🙂

  11. I used to do embroidery in school as part of home economics lessons. I love to Cross Stitch as I can’t draw and paint well, cross stitch was a way of creating art.

  12. Wow, what an incredibly long video! But I stuck it out with you, because it was so interesting.
    Probably I will gitve it a try. Thanks for all the information!
    Edith

  13. Thank you again for beautiful examples. I have done a fair bit of cross stitch (using counted cross-stitch patterns) and have also recently also tried to expand into embroidery, but with less success. I’ve never tried to stitch on card, but it looks like it would be fun and relaxing, and would also mean I could finish a project with ease for once!! I love stitching, but always seem to choose complicated patterns, and end up having to re-stitch as I make errors. Still, it’s very satisfying to finish a project.

  14. My mom got me started in cross stitch when I was a kid. I don’t do much of it now, but I know the basics when needed. 😉 I’ve moved onto crochet and knitting where sometimes cross stitches are used for design!

  15. I did cross stitching all the time when I was a kid. What a great idea to include it on cards–it really makes them extra special!

  16. I did a lot of cross stitching in my teens and twenties. This video inspires me to pick it up again while making cards. Thanks so much for the inspiration! The video did not seem that long as all of your examples and information was very interesting!

  17. Jennifer, thanks so much for making this video and sharing your incredible talents with us. I enjoyed it and it didn’t feel long at all with all the amazing examples you used. I used to do cross stitching on plastic canvas and still have some of my pattern books but never though you could do it for cards. You’re always teaching us something new so thanks once again!

  18. Hi Jennifer, First I would like to mention that even though you often say your videos are extra long, to me that is not so. I’ve learned so much from every one of your videos and can not get enough of them. This technique is so interesting and I am anxious to try it. I have done quite a bit of cross stitching in the past, but always on fabric. I am also going to try the thread you mention because, looking at your samples, I think it gives a much neater look on the cardstock. I do have the 6 strand floss and will give it a try also. I’m going to search my dies to see if I can come up with some ideas for stitching using them. Thanks again for excellent ideas and instruction, as always. Best Wishes from Canada.

  19. I dream of spending time stitching and loved watching your video. As a teen,I enjoyed embroidering little ladybugs and butterflies on my jeans using only French knots.

  20. Oh my goodness! This is probably my very favorite EVER post that you’ve done. I love, love the video, too. I am a stitcher from way, way back. I do all kinds of needlework, but I especially love cross stitching and never thought of using it on my cards! Wow! I will probably use every single idea you’ve shown us here! And with Fall and Winter coming…this is just the thing to keep me busy! Maybe even for some Christmas cards 🙂

  21. I think my first crafty hobby was cross stitching and I started back in the mid-80’s. Every project I made, I always gave away! Then in the the mid-90’s I started scrapbooking and within the last few years have been making cards. I love combining cross stitching and card-making!!

  22. I cross stitched here and there over the years but I was always more into crochet and paper crafts, I never thought about doing this, now I can do all three!

  23. I loved to cross stitch when I was younger, and then dabbled in it here and there over the years. I love the new dies from paper smooches. This sounds like so much fun!!! Thank you for sharing.

  24. I used to cross stitch years ago. I have never done it on cards. I cannot wait to try this. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  25. I started with cross stitching when I was very young. I have passed this skill on to my daughter and granddaughters. I love the idea of stitchimg on cards. Thank you for sharing!!

  26. Stitching on cards is something I always wanted to do and never got around to. Don’t know if I remember how to do even a basic cross stitch anymore. I know I would have problem with patterns and changing colors, but this is something I would like to pursue, so I would like to win this and get started on a project. I really like the felt and the chevron, but my favorite is the last “Hi” pattern.
    Let me know who wins! kind of hope it’s me though.

  27. What wonderful, homey and beautiful cards. These are surely cards that the recipient would keep for eternity!

  28. Wow! All these cards are beautiful! I loved to cross stitch and haven’t done it for some time, great tip to mix some old and new crafting into cards. You inspired my 7 year old daughter to learn.

  29. Hi Jennifer, YES! I’ve been a stitcher since high school. Back then I used to make my own clothes, After having 2 kids I got into cross stitching. Then about 15 years ago I discovered paper crafts and haven’t looked back. Love your stitched cards and your many wonderful videos. Thank you for all the awesome give aways.

  30. I have never been a stitcher but WOW I want to try it now! I love, love,love what you’ve made here! These cards are so gorgeous and well worth your time and effort! Thank you for always inspiring!

  31. I am amazed by these cards !!!! I loved them!!!
    Of course I was a stitcher, but that was a long time ago in the time of the school of nuns, where I had a subject where they taught us to embroider. I have beautiful memories of those years, because I associate them with my mother who passed away 20 years ago. With her we sat down to embroider a large tablecloth that I still have. Good times that you have brought to mind with these wonderful cards!
    A hug from Chile

  32. Wow!!! Never thought to do the cross stitch for cards. I did cross stitch as a kid that became to cards and crochet. Now I do a little of everything. Need this doe so I am able to do cards as well. Great idea!!! Thank you for sharing!

  33. Oh My Goodness! What a fabulous video! Thanks for taking the time to make it for us. Now you have me wanting to do some stitched cards. Years ago I used to do a LOT of counted cross stitching, but haven’t done it for a while. I learned to do embroidery on pillow cases when I was a kid and did a lot of that too. Never thought of doing it on cards like this. Thanks again for this fantastic video.

  34. Wow, these are all so beautiful! I used to cross stitch BIG TIME back in the day! Way before cardmaking and papercraft. I remember taking up the hobby in my mid to late teens….

  35. I’ve only tried stitching once in my life and it was many years ago, and I didn’t do a “great job”.
    These cards you made are amazing. They blew me away! They look absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing Jenn!

  36. OMGosh! This is so AWESOME! When I was a kid (back in the dark ages LOL) I had an aunt who always sat around embroidering pillowcases. I finally got her to teach me how to do them. Thru the years I’ve done a bit of stitching here and there but nothing special. Now that I have time for just making pretty things I really want to do this! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful designs!

  37. Yes, I was on the x-stitch bandwagon. I still love to do what I call fussy work, in sewing and cards. Thank you so much for all your tutorials you rock.

  38. I was an avid cross-stitcher for many, many years. I moved on but always intended to resume stitching. When I saw your stitched cards, I was so excited! I’ve been compiling a list of supplies and checking out what gorgeous colors of thread I want. Thanks, Jennifer, for your beautiful inspiration!

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