Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Poinsetta, Stitching and a Quick Tip

STITCHING! Are you like me and hate sewing? I learned how to years ago and have disliked it (to put it mildly) once I learned how. When I heard of stitching on paper, my first thought was "uggggg", but I gave it a try anyway. I loved it instantly. Sewing/stitching on paper is so much more fun and much easier than sewing fabric, plus you get almost instant gratification (yeah!)

This week the Digital Tuesday Challenge is stitching, faux or real. If you have not tried it, now is a fantastic time.

The sponsor this week is Designed 2 Delight. The winner will receive a $10.00 GC toward any images in the store!

The design team was lucky enough to be able to choose any image from the store to play with. I chose the lovely image called Hand Picked.

I used both real and faux stitching on my card. For the real stitching around the frame I used metallic embroidery floss. I also used the floss to stitch on the gold beads in the center of the Poinsetta. I used my Prisma gold marker for the faux stitching, to color the boarder and on the flower.

I did not have any gold pearls, so I used my Prisma gold pen to color the pearls before adding them. I did let them dry, but they still dulled on the top when pressing them onto the paper with my fingers.

My TIP is that when using metallic pens to color pearls or even brads, to reapply it to the tops after adhereing to restore the gold/silver luster.

The base of the card is actually gold gloss cardstock. The camera did not pick up the shine of the gloss, though. I purchased this particular paper from Papter Temptress. Three things I love about this paper are that it really has a beautiful gloss/shimmery look, it is a light gold I have not found anywhere else and it is white on opposing side which makes it perfect for using as a card base.

I am entering this post (tip) into this weeks TIP TOP TUESDAY CHALLENGE.

Have a super Tuesday. There are not to many nice days left before the winter is upon us, so I hope you are able to take advantage of them!



*Vicki* said...

Your stitching is so fun!! I love your pretty poinsettias my dear!! :)

Ellie said...

Your card is beautiful Sandy. I love how you made a border around the image.
I agree with you on the sewing, I don't ever sew either but fell in love with sewing on cards.

Dawn said...

Actually you shared two tips, never used metallic embroidery floss to stitch, great idea. Love the use of the gold pen and yes I know sometimes it will dull, not on fingers though-LOL
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday

Kristine Reynolds said...

What a great Christmas card. Love your "sewing". Great job with the DT Challenge!

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous card and great tip to 're-brighten' your item once fixed - love it!

Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week :)

Carol x

Maria Matter said...

this is beautiful Sandy!!! I love that you used a bit of both stitchings!!
hugs & blessings!

Maggie's Crafts said...

Great tip! Love it!

Thank you for sharing with us at http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/



Anneke said...

Beautiful Christmas card!
Hugs anneke

Amy Johnson said...

Hmmm, I find it interesting that you think its easier to sew on paper than fabric, cause that hasn't been my experience. Great card! I love both the real and faux stitching. It is so creative and clever.

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Leanne said...

THis is a great tip - thank you for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday!