It's Kathy Martin here with a tutorial for accenting your paper craft projects with hand stitching. Most of my scrapbook pages and cards include hand stitching because I love texture and detailing and I really like the way it looks. I often get questions about my stitching, people wondering if I use a machine or do it by hand. When I tell people I always hand stitch, their next question is how do I make my lines straight and how do I keep my card stock clean and without creases. So, today I’d like to show you some of the techniques I use.
For today’s tutorial I created this card using Doodlebug’s Colorwheel collection along with their Simply Sweet letter rub-ons and a limeade Boutique Button. Other supplies include card stock, Spellbinders dies, vellum, a pencil, paper piercer, needle and thread, and adhesives.
Your first step is to cut a piece of vellum and card stock the size of an A2 card which is 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. Then I used some Spellbinders Nesting Dies to create some circles in my vellum. Once I was finished making the circles, I applied a piece of tape to the top of the card to keep the vellum overlay centered on top of the card stock base.
Now add a piece of double stick tape to the bottom of your die cut circles and center them underneath each of the vellum circles. Once it looks centered, just press it down so it sticks to your card stock base.
at approximately 1/8” intervals.
Another way I like to add hand stitching to my projects is to pierce holes around the pattern of a die cut or patterned paper.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and spend some time playing with different ways to add some hand stitching to your next project.
Thanks - Kathy