Stitched Dies are the focus for my proejcts for the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop this month.
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Stampin’ Up!® have a large variety of stitched dies, and I am exploring some of those today … come along and explore them with me!
Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters – Quiet Meadow Bundle
With this hop, we have the option of focusing on projects for beginner, casual and avid crafters, and I quite enjoy the challenge of exploring how a product can be adapted for any level of crafter.
A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, and will be looking to create with minimal supplies and easy techniques.
A casual crafter is someone who thinks that this paper crafting lark is pretty good and is keen to move beyond the basic supplies, maybe get a punch or two … and attempt some more challenging techniques and layering, maybe start including embellishments.
An avid crafter is feeling the passion, knows that getting into the craft room is an inexpensive form of therapy, and is accumulating lots of “things”. She is also not afraid use lots of different products on one card … and take that little bit extra time on one project.
All Stitched Up with the Quiet Meadow Bundle….
A little pretend stitching… for the Beginner Crafter Card
A beginner crafter might not yet have a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine … so how to include stitching in a beginner project? A little bit of faux stitching works …
- The textural stamps from the Quiet Meadow stamp set are stamped onto the Basic White panel with Smoky Slate ink (stamped off to keep the images quite light).
- The floral image is stamped over the top with Memento Black ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends (Granny Apple Green and Balmy Blue).
- I added a touch of Mint Macaron colour to the Basic White panel with an ink blending tool before drawing on a line of stitching around the outside edge of the panel with a Basic Black Stamping Write Marker.
- The Designer Series Paper for the background layer is from the Hand-Penned set of paper.
Stitched With Whimsy Dies … for the Casual Crafter Card
For my casual card, the Stitched with Whimsy dies have been used to create a pretty, eclectic stitched border for the feature panel. I love this die set … the dies imprint the wonky stitched lines, but don’t cut out the panel, so you can choose what width of border you want on the outside of the stitching. I love that the wayward stitching is reminiscent of the end result if I was to use my sewing machine and actually stitch the layers.
- Again, the textural stamps from the Quiet Meadow stamp set are stamped onto the Basic White panel with Smoky Slate ink (stamped off to keep the images quite light).
- The Stitched with Whimsy dies create the two lines of stitching. Using the ink blending brushes to add some Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate colour to the panel also means that the stitched lines pick up the colour to show them off even more.
- I distressed the edges of the panel around the stitching with my paper snips.
- The flowers from the Meadow dies have been die cut from white card and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I added some texture to the flowers by using strokes of colour rather than a full on blend.
- To brighten the Garden Green shade in the Hand-Penned patterned paper, I roughly sponged some Granny Apple Green around the edges.
- Stitching also features in this pretty little sentiment holder from the Meadow Dies.
Stitched Greenery Die and Basic Borders Dies … for the Avid Crafter Card
My avid project uses a selection of stitched dies, the Stitched Greenery die and the Basic Borders Dies, along with the Meadow Dies for the sentiment holder. It’s a rather eclectic and busy mix, but I love the end result.
- Once again, the textural stamps from the Quiet Meadow are stamped with Smoky Slate (stamped off), but this time onto a Designer Series Paper Panel (Hand-Penned DSP).
- I have also used another design from the Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper for the background layer and have used the Stitched Greenery die on both of the patterned layers. I distressed the edges on both pieces with my paper snips and the stitched leaves really assist to get a lovely ragged edge as the snips catch on the stitched leaves.
- I used the Basic Borders dies to cut a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Pattern Party paper pack (a host item only available with rewards points). I chose this lovely stitched border and along with the black cardstock layer, they separate the two patterned papers nicely.
- I have die cut some of the beautiful Meadow dies from Basic White cardstock, and coloured them with Stampin’ Blends. The flower head has been die cut multiple times and then adhered together to highlight the blue floral flower on the busy patterns. I went with two flower heads, although the die only has one. It meant I cut the entire flower and foliage once and then just the head another six times, quite a bit of die cutting, but then this is an avid card!
- I have stamped a sentiment in black on white card, and die cut it with the lovely little stitched sentiment holder. The White Baker’s Twine bow is a little feminine touch to finish the card off.
The Stamping Sunday Design Team…
I am really looking forward to seeing how the other team members feature stitching in their projects. To move forward in the hop, head on over to Mikaela Titheridge’s blog here. Or to go back to the previous blog, head back to Su Mohr’s blog here.
Here is a list of all the blog hop participants….
Which stitched dies did I use?
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