Adding Stitched Details to Stamping

Hi there! Today I am sharing how to add simple stitched details to your stamped images. It is a great way to add unique touches and a bit of texture.

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

A few weeks ago I shared a video where I did some over-the-top stitching on my handmade cards. (You can see it HERE.) Well today I share how to add tiny stitched details… saving time but adding that lovely bit of interest. You could make this technique work with just about any stamps you have.

All you need to stitch is a needle and string. I used DMC Pearl Cotton Size 5 floss for today’s examples because that was what I had with me when I made these at a crafty retreat. However, I do think using 3-ply of typical floss would be even better.

My first example shows adding stitched detail to a card I made with Pinkfresh Studio Say It With Florals Stamps (SSS | PNK) and Say It with Florals Die (SSS | PNK). With the simple and clean style of this card, I feel the little stitches and french knots add so much! I also added a white heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set and shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Marker.

I really how these stamps and die match up together to create a fabulous design.

I liked this design so much I did another in peach…

I also added lots of details to this card made with the Pinkfresh Studio Merry and Bright Stamps (SSS | PNK) and Merry and Bright Die (SSS | PNK). In addition to french knots, I used Silver Lining Nuvo Drops for shine.

The sentiment was created with the Birch Press Just Because Stamps and Dies. I have been using these a lot lately.

Oh my sweetness! I can’t get over how cute the Pinkfresh Studio Playful Animals 2 Stamp Set (SSS | PNK) is. I used a few of the images for a very simple card but added lots of interest with a few french knots and a little bow. I really like the sweetness of this card and will be making many more!

Here is another fairly simple card that comes alive with a bit of colorful stitching. I simply stamped and colored the fantastic Pinkfresh Studio Unicorn Dreams Stamp Set (SSS | PNK) and added stitched details. Swoon!

I also added a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Playful Animals 2 Stamp Set (SSS | PNK) and lots of Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Marker.

Next, I wanted to show how you can add stitching to a stamped background. I stamped and colored the Pinkfresh Studio Floral Background Stamp (SSS | PNK)… and added lots of Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Marker. I originally was going to add french knots to the centers of the flowers but decided to add them in the white space between the flowers. The texture is more noticeable in real life. I instead used Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Drops for the flower centers… and added a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Simply Succulents Stamp Set (SSS | PNK).

This background stamp is gorgeous… and the sentiment is even better.

This next card doesn’t have any stitching but rather has a tiny string bow. This just adds more to the homemade feel of the card. I used the Pinkfresh Studio Forest Friends Stamps (SSS | PNK) and Forest Friends Die (SSS | PNK)… along with a sentiment from the Pinkfresh Studio Playful Animals 2 Stamp Set (SSS | PNK).

Last but not least, I have a sweet wreath made with the Reverse Confetti Fall For You Stamp Set and a few red french knots. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I love it!


A couple weeks ago, Amanda Korotkova over at Little Crafty Pill hosted a Card Making Therapy Blog Hop. The purpose of this hop was to share how card making can be therapeutic to folks who are battling a variety of battles.

I had planned to be a part of the hop, but due to a death in a family, I had to back out of the hop. However, I still want to share a link to it as I feel it is an important topic. I spoke about my struggles a bit in my video above. Please head HERE to start the hop and see what others have to share. After all, we are not alone!

Have a great day!


Want to find the products I used?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 paid for or sponsored.) Click on the images below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Pinkfresh Studio (PF), etc.

Pinkfresh Studio Say It With Florals…
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Say It with Florals Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Merry and Bright Stamps
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Merry and Bright Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Let’s Celebrate Stamps
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Let’s Celebrate Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Forest Friends Stamps
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Forest Friends Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Unicorn Dreams Stamps
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Playful Animals 2…
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Floral Background…
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pinkfresh Studio Simply Succulents…
[ SSS | PNK ]
Reverse Confetti Fall For You Stamps
[ SSS | ELH ]
Reverse Confetti Fall For You Dies
[ ELH | SSS ]
Birch Press Just Because Stamps
[ SSS ]
Birch Press Just Because Dies
[ SSS ]
DMC Pearl Cotton Size 5
[ ETS ]
Alternative Floss
[ SSS ]
Neenah Class Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Neenah Class Crest 110lb Cardstock
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Gina K Designs Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ SSS ]
Silver Lining Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Tonic Red Gloss Nuvo Drops
[ SSS ]
Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Marker
[ SSS ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS ]
Be Creative Tape
[ SSS ]

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72 thoughts on “Adding Stitched Details to Stamping”

  1. Thank you Jennifer, great cards, I will start to make many, really lovely and therapeutic idea..and I love stitching too!!!, many hugs, Gaby

  2. So very sorry for your loss. Hopefully your memories can get you through this difficult time. If it makes you feel any better, you are terrific therapy for me, so thank you!

  3. You come up with the most ingeniously simple details that just bring your cards to life! Every time I watch one of your videos, I am amazed at all your ideas and your creativity. Speaking of card therapy, watching your videos is one of mine. You have a very comforting presence about you, and I so enjoy all your ideas! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!!

  4. Sorry to hear about the family death! Your cards are beautiful Jennifer. Thank you for the video… it’s nice to see how you add the stitching to different images.

  5. Sending you heartfelt hugs.Im so sorry for your loss.Ive struggled myself with depression.Im learning there are many who do,which truly does help.These are such elegant cards ,the unicorn is just fabulous.Ive never even thought it was so simple.I have tons of DMC,I must give it a go.Thank you so very much Jennifer.Your amazing.Hi Lilah!!!

  6. Such a great idea! I love the idea of combining stitching with card making. So beautiful and adds great detail. Thanks for another great video.

  7. So sorry for your loss. I love the combination of stamping and stitching I’m definitely going to try this soon!

  8. Those Pinkfresh “window” dies are so clever! These cards are so pretty. Hope you feel better quickly and my condolences on your loss.

  9. You and Amanda are absolutely right Jennifer…card making & cross-stitching are both fantastic sources of therapy. Your cards are absolutely stunning as always and I’m wondering if little Miss Lila snatched up that beautiful unicorn card. Adding the stitching details to “her” completely takes the card to another gorgeous level. Pinkfresh Studio has really outdone themselves with these stamp and die sets! Love the cut-out look on the front card panel. Not to be overlooked is the important message that both you and Amanda have shared with us. No matter who we are or how much we do or don’t have, we all have “something” we need support for. Like so many others, I’ve suffered from depression after a life-changing accident and it’s often difficult to deal with. The positive messages are that nowadays none of us has to go it alone. Having a support system and talking about our problems is key to moving forward. Big hugs to both you and sweet Miss Lila…so nice to hear her voice again. Thanks for sharing all that you do; we are all so much better for it.

  10. Hai Jennifer, first sorry for your loss. I think you are great that you still link to the bloghop for the card making therapy. I did the hop a couple of weeks ago and I it was great and yes card making is for my also a therapy!
    Gorgeous cards you made, did you know that here in the Netherlands handstitching on cards is verry common.
    Thanks again for your time and effort, lovely to hear Lila aswell.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jennifer. I too struggle at times with depression and anxiety and find crafting to be therapeutic. During the really tough times in life I have turned to stitching (something I learned to do in the 7th grade … MANY years ago) and have also found it really helpful … and then when I come through the darkness I have something beautiful that was born out of darkness. I would never have thought to add stitching to a card like you did on these cards! Thanks for sharing the ideas. I just wrapped up playing with alcohol ink on yupo. What fun! Will keep in mind doing some stitching as well. I appreciate the tip on poking holes in the paper first. That would certainly making the stitching on paper a whole lot easier. Thank you, Jennifer. I hope you feel better soon. Best to you.

  12. Sorry for your loss. I also suffer from depression and card making is my therapy, also. But sometimes I feel like I have to talk to someone, so I play one of your videos. I love all of your cards, you are so inspirational …….
    Thanks for being there……………

  13. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing both your story and your talents. You inspire so many in so many ways. Your cards, as always, are beautiful Though I don’t stitch, and probably won’t, I might try for a similar with effect with nuvo drops for stickles are something. Thanks again.

  14. After I watched your previous video with the cross stitching, I fell back in love with it. Now I’ve made several cards with stitching, and have enjoyed doing it so much. Thank you for another great video, and for sharing your struggles. You inspire so much.

  15. God gave you the strength to share such personal feelings with us. It is so easy for me to just hide when I don’t feel “up”. But I will try more to share and will expect positive things. Your postings give me encouragement to do that. THANKS.

    I love, love, love combining stitching with card making. After your first stitching videos, I binge shopped for supplies and am ready to sit in front of the fireplace all winter and make art. With friends of course. What would crafters be if they couldn’t share with friends.

  16. I haven’t done stitching since I started stamping, but now maybe I’ll combine them! Love French Knots & they’d be perfect for a BD card I’m about to make! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Jennifer!

  17. Thanks for the video sharing both your beautiful cards with the stitching and your personal struggle as well. I found crafting an island of peace and tranquility after a highly stressful day at the office, plus a place to rediscover artistic expression that I had not enjoyed in more than a decade. So while we may laugh about the retail therapy bit about crafting, there is also the peace and joy it can bring as well. Thanks again, Jennifer, for the touching video.

  18. Beautiful cards. Wow you definitely inspired me to try stitching on cards. I hope it’s as easy as u make it look. I’m so excited I can not wait to try this technique. I agree 100% that cardmaking is definitely therapy, and I love how you shared your struggles. We are alone! So sorry to hear about the death in the family and I hate that you have a cold 🤧 take care and thanks for sharing

  19. I forgot to ask you about the thread, is there a certain size you recommend? I’ve never shopped for this before. I see your link but I’m not seeing a size. Thanks

  20. These are beautiful and that small stitched detail really makes a nice difference! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  21. May all the kindness and care you extend to others, Jennifer, now come back to you with great tenderness.

  22. , too, love to stitch especially when Y am feeling depressed, but I never thought of doing it on a card!! Tanks so much for the inspiration!!

  23. Thank you, Jennifer, for another great blog and video! I learn so much from you–you have so many great techniques! Thank you again for sharing all that you do–it’s truly appreciated!

  24. Fantastic video and beautiful cards, as usual ! Your technique is really great, it’s much quicker than the completely cross-stitched cards I used to do before my arm forced me to stop embroidery….

  25. So sorry for your loss Jennifer. It is lovely how open you are about your struggles. I can relate. And I think being real about these things, and supporting each other is really important. Great video, as usual. Take care! Thank you for post.

  26. Beautiful cards as always. I’m always amazed at your talent. I will definitely try adding some stitches to my cards. Great idea. Nice to hear sweet Lila’s voice.

  27. Dear Jennifer, You are so right. Enduring any type of suffering enables us to have compassion on others who suffer, and it is a great comfort for others to know of our struggles. I personally have dealt with depression and anxiety, and more than once I have been able to encourage others because of that trial. I have to agree with someone else who said watching your videos is her therapy! I agree. Your manner and voice are pleasing. I love your ideas. God has given you a creative mind and the ability to share your skills with others. I eagerly watch for each new video and my favorites list is growing! Thank you!!

  28. My sympathies for your loss. May memories of your loved one bring you peace at this time of sorrow.
    You are kind & strong to share your struggle as well. Sometimes difficulty accepting the diagnosis itself makes the valley all the deeper to endure…so letting others know they are not alone is kind beyond measure.
    Beautiful & inspiring cards (and message).

  29. Aww I love hearing Lyla’s voice! Beautiful cards, i love the stitching details. Sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing your struggles too. Big hugs!

  30. How nice to hear Lila’s sweet voice at the end of your video! Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards. Feel better soon and I hope that you and Lila have a wonderful week!

  31. Hi Jennifer
    love your stiched cards….So sorry for your recent loss….I suffer from these also & you are so right …much better to talk about it as so many do suffer…. I use your utubes & others to give me inspiration to try new things & help with the down days…..Love little Lila at the end of the session…. Thankyou so much for all you do x

  32. I have done embroidery since I was in high school. My Home Ec teacher told us we had learn embroidery for a grade. I had no idea my mom did embroidery before she was married. She got iron-ons from the daily newspaper and she taught me how to do it. She gave me all of her thread, things she had been working on, those iron ons which still work, and her scissors which I have since misplaced. How many things from today will work 40 or 50 years from now? None probably since we are such a throw away society. I got an A because of my mom and have had a love for embroidery ever since. However, I never knew you could do it on paper. I love French Knots and I love how yours came out. I love all of your embroidery! Your cards are amazing!
    You never cease to amaze me with your card making. I’m going to have to watch the video and see about that other blog hop. I missed that one. Google is giving me problems when I do the hops. I tried to do one tonight and Google wouldn’t let me! I had to get a whole new password because the one I saved wasn’t right they said. That was harder then trying to get into the White House computer! Once I did that I had more problems. Sometimes I hate technology!
    Sorry to hear about your death in the family. Your family is in my prayers tonight and every night. Thanks for showing us what you did. I love it!

  33. Loved all of your cards with stitching. I used to cross stitch and I kept all my floss. I think after seeing this I’ll get it out again and try stitching on cards. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Thank you not only for a fabulous video, but for your openness and honesty about dealing with depression. There are so many of us that have dealt with depression and use crafting as therapy. I know I find it very calming to sit and craft, whether it’s stamping or coloring or one of my favorites, fussy cutting. Some of my friends think it’s crazy, but I find fussy cutting to be very calming. I guess the secret is to use what we can as therapy and to talk about rather than to hide our struggles. Thanks for you encouragement and inspiration. And I loved hearing Lila at the end of the video, she has such a sweet little voice. Now off to see what is going on at that hop. And I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace.

  35. I am so sorry for your recent loss Jennifer, hoping the last few weeks have been easier for you. I know that you have also had a lot of anxiety around your friends in the BVI too, hang in there, make cards, talk to friends and family, play with your kids, I am sure all those things will help you get through your difficult times. I always try to remember that you never know what people are going through in life, to always keep that in mind when you meet them or speak to them. For me anxiety was a big thing for many years as I failed to have children when it seemed so easy for all my friends (miscarriage, ectopic, rounds and rounds of treatment that didn’t work and was very bad for my body and general health). Eventually I came to terms with it and now feel at peace with my life (there will always be a sadness but I can deal with that). What really helps is people being there for you and listening, not judging. This is about as open as I have ever been publicly… you make people want to share 🤗😘.

    I thought your cards today were absolutely gorgeous, and what struck me was why we don’t see much of Pink Fresh Studio around, at least I haven’t. What gorgeous stamps and dies they make! And I really wasn’t sure if I would ever try stitching on my cards, but I really think I would like to try after seeing you add these details – so very pretty! Argh more shopping as I don’t have threads!! Thanks for the little extra happiness at the end of the video, I always enjoy hearing your sweet Lila 😍

  36. Lila at the end made me smile, especially because I recently rewatched the crafting with kids video and you can really hear how much she’s grown up in this.
    Just reading the comments makes me feel a lot less alone. With your mind you know that you’re not the only one struggling with depression (recurring ones, because/on top of my autism) but it’s really nice to feel it by reading some of the personal stories. I’ve been at home for months now, and struggling with it. I failed to complete my bachelor’s degree, after years of trying, found out I had autism, tried a program especially for autistic people, and failed at that. Sometimes it just feels like one failure after another. You’ve been, you are, my role model for the kind of life I would like. At least, for how I imagine your life to be. Spending lots and lots of time with your kids (I’d like to have kids), putting your family first (I recently got engaged!), working from home (although I think I would do some computer programming or something), volunteering, and still finding time to spend with your friends (both close and far away). I don’t think it’s less work than a full-time job (it’s probably more) but I would imagine it to be less stressful. Perhaps it isn’t, but I’m hoping it is and that you’re generally happy with it.

    I am, actually, generally happy with my life, when I think about it. I am engaged, my fiancé is a wonderful man who listens and cooks and cleans. I have a supportive family, especially my little sister, who is helping me plan the wedding. And the Netherlands has good social security, so I’m comfortable and can even afford some crafting goodies as long as I don’t want a car or anything. Of course I can always hope and dream for more, but if the rest of my life is taking care of my family and home, crafting and watching crafting videos, I’d be content.

    I agree with the comments, you make people want to share. Well, I’m glad you share your story, glad you share these wonderful inspirational cards and glad I got to spend some time watching you create them. I love how you put smaller companies in the spotlight. They make great stuff and they deserve it.

  37. Hand stitching on cards – makes so much sense to me! I was cross-stitching whilst watching this video, and back in the dark ages, I used to add hand stitched details and beads onto my creations but havn’t done so in absolute years! Thanks for continued inspiration. I appreciate you and as for that lil Lila of yours, she’s so cute and here’s hoping she has a great day too!

  38. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Thanks for sharing about your depression and anxiety with us. It truly does help to be open with others about it and I speak from experience. I love watching your videos because I learn so very much. Anxious to use some of the long-lost cross stitches I learned when I was much younger! Your cards are absolutely beautiful — as always! It was sweet to hear Lila’s voice at the end of the video!

  39. It’s hard to believe that someone who brings so much joy to people can be affected by anxiety and depression. You are much loved by so many, Jennifer, and I’m sure you know that. Your cards are always amazing, but stitching on them has taken them way, way up to a different level. Would I stitch on cards? I don’t think so. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love what you did. Gorgeous creations. And deepest sympathy on your loss. God bless.

  40. Just like the french knots were a perfect finishing touch to reflect wonderful homemade cards – Lila added the same perfect ending! She sounds so much older and still sweet!

  41. Hi Jennifer, So very sorry for your loss. 🙁 Thank you for sharing your God given gifts of creativity. As you share, you give healing and receive healing. Your work is so inspired and beautiful! Being creative has helped me through losing my lovely Mom and our precious poodle, along with two joint replacements this year. Videos by you and other artists give me inspiration and a joy filled place to go during difficult times. Thank you again for all you so generously give! Also thank you to Lila for her sweet surprise addition! 😉

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