10 Ways: Stitching Dies

Hi! Today I am sharing 10 ways (and LOADS of examples) to use stitching dies. I enjoy stitching/sewing on paper and created lots of examples for you. Lila even helped again!

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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 may be used at no cost to you. I appreciate your support.]

Lila and I have such fun using stitching dies in many ways! Please know I am not an expert and forgive me if I use the wrong terms, etc. Just consider this a paper crafter’s version of embroidery/stitching/sewing on paper. 🙂

Because of the number of cards we did, I am going to keep the text of this post minimal. I really just share the supplies used for each. I do have the cards broken down here by the type of stitch or technique. All stitching was done on Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (SSS | AZ).

Here are 10 ways to use stitching dies…


The first way to use stitching dies is with a stem stitch. I really like this one because the floss looks twisted and as if it was floating on the paper.

I Think You’re Wonderful Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added a silver glitter heart that I found in my scrap die cut bowl.

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Some Kind of Wonderful Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

YOU Are Fantastic Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It’s hard to believe that die is a rainbow…

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


A chain stitch is another way to get a unique look with lots of dimension.

The Good Stuff Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

So Sorry and Happy Mail Cards:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that this rainbow can work for many occasions…

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


The back stitch is what most people do when stitching on paper. When you have a complicated stitching die, such as a word for shape with lots of twists and turns, the back stitch is your best option.

Hello You Are Loved Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Heart Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Heart Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Big Hello Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


A double running stitch gives results similar to a back stitch, but it very simple… and great for kids and newbies!

Hello Clouds Card by Lila McGuire:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Thanks Card by Lila McGuire:

Your Kindness Card by Lila McGuire:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Heart Card by Lila McGuire:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I noticed that when you do the stem stitch I mention above, the back looks perfect! So sometimes I use that side instead.

Heart of God Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see how clean the stitches on the left card (back of stem stitch) are in comparison to a regular back stitch (on the right).

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


You can also get creative with other stitches. You can do anything!

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Cuter Than Email Card by Lila McGuire:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


It is also fun to add texture to a background before using a stitching die. This is best done with embossing folders.

Brighten My Day Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

It is hard to see, but I added Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens to the stem stitch for sparkle…

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


You can also stamp before using a stitching die.

You Are Loved Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did use the back side of a stem stitch on this one.

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Happy Mail Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Citrus Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Instead of stitching with a stitching die, you can use the holes as a guide to create a pattern with gems or other small embellishments.

The World Card:

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Finally, you can put pops of color behind the die cut holes instead of adding stitching.

Hello Card:

Stitching Dies Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I apologize for the crazy number of cards. We had such fun! Thanks for stopping by.


Want to learn more about stitching on cards? Check out these videos:


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the products with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

*The Stamp Market Dotted Rainbow Die
[ THS | SSS ]
*The Stamp Market Dotted Hello Die
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Postcard Die
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Stampgram Bundle
[ THS ]
The Stamp Market Stampgram Stamp Set
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Citrus Vine Stamp Set
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Great Big Greeting…
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Great Big Hello Die
[ THS ]
The Stamp Market Please Deliver To…
[ THS | SSS ]
Neat and Tangled Typed Sentiments…
[ SSS | N&T ]
*Concord & 9th Lots To Say Stamp Set
[ SSS | C&9 ]
*Clearly Besotted Simply Said Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
*Waffle Flower Rainbow Bridge Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
*Simon Says Stamp Love Is Stamp
[ SSS ]
Mighty Hands You Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
The Stamp Market Extra Extra Stamp Set
[ THS | SSS ]
The Stamp Market Just Wonderful Stamp…
[ THS | SSS ]
Birch Press Big Lingo You Die
[ SSS ]
*Birch Press Lingo Thanks Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things All About You…
[ MFT ]
*My Favorite Things More Essential…
[ SSS | MFT ]
*Paper Smooches Fab Frame Dies
[ PPR | SSS ]
*Lawn Fawn Just Stitching Double…
[ SSS ]
*Pink and Main Reverse Scallap…
[ SSS ]
Echo Park Make A Wish Embossing Folder
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Shadow Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
WPlus9 Dye Ink
[ WPL ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
[ SSS ]
Altenew Obsidian Black Ink
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Sponge Daubers
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Scissors
[ SSS ]
DMC 6-Ply Floss
DMC Pearl Cotton Size 5 Floss
[ ETS ]
DMC Pearl Cotton Size 3 Floss
[ ETS ]
Alternative Floss
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Hero Arts Sand Cardstock
[ SSS | HA ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Carta Bella 12×12 Shimmer Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Gina K Silver Metallic Cardstock
[ GNK ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Jewels
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Jewels
[ SSS ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal Scoring Board
[ SSS ]
Teflon Bone Folder
[ SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL ]
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
[ SSS ]
3M Foam Tape
[ SSS ]
Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn 1/4″ Double Sided Tape
[ SSS ]
Altenew Adhesive
[ SSS | ALTN ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Therm O Web 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Mini White Pom Poms
15 Stitch Tutorial
[ THS ]

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148 thoughts on “10 Ways: Stitching Dies”

  1. Share handmade kindness! Great video. I love what both you and Lila did. I especially liked that you used Lila’s ideas on your own cards. Will show this video to my 7year old grand-daughter when I see her next as she loves to craft with her Granny.

  2. Hi Jennifer & Lila! Hello everyone! Please Share Handmade Kindness!! Thanks for another great video tutorial, I always learn something watching you. I also appreciate your kindness. Denise Freeman

  3. It’s been a while since I did any needle work. You’ve inspired me to get out my floss and needle supplies. Your samples you showed with the whole area done are gorgeous. They must of taken a long time. About 10 years ago I made a Christmas card done in cross stitch for my Mother, and she kept it. I think she keeps all the cards I’ve sent to her though. That’s what Mom’s do. Very nice idea, and yes, it is relaxing.

  4. lovely way to share handmade kindness. You are very lucky to have a daughter who likes to do these things with you.

  5. I haven’t stitched in so long — like the others said — you’ve inspired me to start again!
    Share Handmade Kindness !!!

  6. Share handmade kindness!
    I was determined to make it all the way through even though I was very sleepy. I dozed off a couple of times, but I rewound to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
    It was so fun to see Lila’s contributions!

  7. I’m a long time stitcher and card maker but kept each hobby separate but I love the look of stitching on paper and will try it. I especially loved the example of the stitching on a stamped image. Share handmade kindness.

  8. Thank you for taking the time to make and share all these examples. I love to Share Handmade Kindness through my prayer and card shower ministry Mailbox Hugs. These cards would be great for that! -Melissa

  9. Since seeing your earlier videos of stitching on cards, I started doing it and loving it. Love all the way you can use stitching dies and want to try them. It is fabulous all the cards you and Lila did. I hope she sells lots of cards at her stall. Big Hugs to you both. Kerryn from Australia (share Handmade Kindness)

  10. These are beautiful cards. I love seeing stitches on them. They represent the love you and Lila are spreading. The recipients of these cards are so lucky. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What beautiful cards you made today!! I did do a lot of needlework in my lifetime, but I thought I would not do it anymore. You have inspired me so much that I need to get my supplies out, and start stitching on cards now! Your explanations about how to do each type of stitch was very clear! Thank you for being your inspirational self! Watch out world… here comes my stitched cards!

  12. Share handmade kindness!
    After watching your video I’ll definitiely try stitching on my cards, the results look gorgeous and it’s definitely something unexpected.

  13. You are such an inspiration. I am glad you share your handmade kindness with. Will have to try some of these ideas.

  14. Share handmade kindness
    this is such a great idea! those cards look amazing. i thought of another way to use the dies: so die cut the pieces 3 times and stick together to create depth. attach a plain piece of card underneath and fill with the likes of nuvo drops or perfect pearls. hope it makes sense.
    i love your video tutorials and have learnt a lot from you
    love and hugs

  15. I just love your videos Jennifer and its so lovely to see Lila joining in. I don’t mind how long your videos are. You are such an inspiration to ‘share handmade kindness’ and I have learnt such a lot from you. Thank you x

  16. I have never tried stitching card. I needlepoint but I’ve never done it on cards. Thanks for the inspiration. Sharing handmade kindness!

  17. Share Handmade Kindness! Jennifer and Lila…you are both such ENABLERS!! Now I NEED these dies…oh my goodness! These are so very beautiful and so much fun!! What an awesome way to bring projects with you on the go!! You could go for an hour and I will listen and watch each and every minute…You are such an inspiration and such a blessing!! TFS

  18. Love the stitching! I suppose many of us began crafting with cross-stitch. Kudos to Lila- what wonderful ways to share homemade kindness. Who doesn’t love homemade!?! And good luck with the lemonade stand- looks like it will be very successful!!!

  19. Hi everyone, I hope you are feeling good, if not I hope you are much better very soon.
    Share handmade kindness and pay it forward are two philosophies that I try to live by. Kindness is such a simple thing, it doesn’t have to be a big gesture does it, just a smile, a card for no particular reason or a gift of something needed by another. Knowing they are happy makes “my heart grow so big” as my little grandson Zak says.
    I don’t get much time to comment on blogs these days as I try to give my time to watching the videos you Jennifer and others like you create.
    Like most people I have limited time online so use it as wisely as I can. However today I’m having a lazy day bathe so thought I’d come by and say Hi.
    I love this video Jennifer as it pulls together two of my fave things to do, sewing and cardmaking, thank you for the inspiration.
    With love
    Linda xx

  20. Jennifer, I really love how you’ve spread the very important message to Share Handmade Kindness! The cards we make and give, I believe, do just that, and it’s one of the reasons I love to make cards. These cards have inspired me to give stitching a try…I just need to find my floss from several years ago! 🙂

    Thanks to you both for sharing your creations, and again, for spreading this all-important message!

    Take care.

  21. Wow thank you for sharimg how you stitch on cards… you are an inspiration. Share Handmade Kindness.

  22. Share handmade kindness. Thank you for enkindling my love for
    stitching and being able to incorporate it into my handmade cards. Just love your work and Lyla’s. She’s a very talented young lady.

  23. What an awesome video with so many beautiful examples! I also love that your daughter crafts with you…what a wonderful way to spend time together! Share Handmade Kindness!!!

  24. I love the way you “Share Handmade Kindness” in all your videos. You are truly an inspiration to all of us novice card makers. Thank you so very much for sharing with us.

  25. Share handmade kindness. I really like the longer videos and your cards and ideas are wonderful. Thank you.

  26. Thanks for always remind us to ‘Share Handmade Kindness’ 🙂
    It’s really fun to make cards but I gotta say, the sending out cards and making someone smile is even more fun!

  27. Thank you for this video! I love to stitch on cards, and you and Lila have given me some great ideas. Share Handmade Kindness!

  28. “Share Handmade Kindness”. My first craft was cross stitching on plastic canvas. When I saw your video with Paper Smooches die I had to have it. I have used it and all my friends and family love the cards I have made for them. You have inspired me and my cards are so improved.

  29. Thank you for posting this video. It is truly a wealth of information and creativity that I am so grateful to view. My daughter and I will have lots of fun stitching and crafting this summer so we can share handmade kindness! <3

  30. Thanks Jennifer,
    I love the idea of getting my grandchildren to start stitching. Lyla has done such an amazing job on her cards. She will be taking over your job in no time. I love the idea of the “Share Handmade Kindness” give away. It would be so special to receive a card from you.

  31. I love your videos and how you share your craft with your daughter and with us! Thanks for taking the time to show us all the beauty you create and how you share handmade kindness to others. I had one idea that might add a little dimension to the stitching…perhaps add a pearl bead here or there! As usual, you and your daughter have awesome ideas and I really appreciate your teaching style. Thanks for all you do.

  32. Share handmade kindness!
    Thanks for the ideas! Loved Lila’s cards! (Actually, I loved all of them but Lila’s were my fav!)

  33. Kudos to Lila for Sharing Handmade Kindness and giving back. It is so nice to here about young people doing caring tasks. Take a bow Mom. Thank you for all the great videos too.

  34. Love that Lila is following in Mom’s handprints with both stamped and stitched cards. What a great skill to pass down to your daughter. Your Sharing Handmade Kindness is spreading every day and these cards are a wonderful example. I’m an old crewel embroidery veteran and a counted cross stitch veteran. One of my favorite projects was stitching on perforated paper. Here’s to the combining them all ! Wonderful work!

  35. Thank you for sharing your handmade kindness. It made me smile to see Lila’s creations and how you picked up some tips from her. Enjoy those times, as they go by quickly. I remember those days when my daughter crafted with me.. Good luck with your card sale Lila.

  36. Awesome cards, I love the stitched look on cards! Lila is so cute and her ideas are the bomb! She’s super crafty just like her mom and it’s so cool she sells some cards in her lemonade stand too! What a great way to: Share Handmade Kindness!!!

  37. Thank you for sharing handmade kindness in so many fun ways with easy to follow videos and instructions. You’re ideas and crafting ability is amazing and such an inspiration. 😊❤

  38. I think it’s SO wonderful that Lila loves to craft with you! Sadly, my kids weren’t all that interested. I have 4 grandsons now and I’m trying to interest them in art. I’m not giving up!
    Share Handmade Kindness!!

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