Stamps: Holly Berry Happiness (Holiday 2016), Time of Year (Hostess 2016/17).
Ink: Versamark, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler.
Cardstock: 5” x 8” writing tablet paper for inside of card or cut computer paper to this size, Merry Moments DSP (Holiday 2015), Cherry Cobbler, White, Mossy Meadow, Christmas wrapping paper (for envelope).
Accessories: envelope punch board, Stampin’ Trimmer, scissors, bone folder, pencil, Dimensionals, silicone craft sheet, paper piercer, Snail Adhesive, Tombow glue, Gold Baker’s Twine (2016 Holiday mini), Festive Stitching Thinlits dies (2016 Holiday mini), needle, needle threader, gold EP, Stars Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Burlap fabric, embossing buddy.
Punches: Holly Berry Builder (Holiday 2016), ¼” circle, Duet Banner.
Prepare card by cutting Cherry Cobbler cardstock at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Fold in half for a side fold card – a bone folder gives you a crisp fold. Stamp and sign the back. Set aside.
Do you remember these writing tablets? You could buy them ruled or unruled which I like for cards. They are the perfect size but hard to find – in the places I have looked. Fold a sheet in half. Stamp the phrase in Cherry Cobbler. Stamp other images if desired. Adhere to the inside of the card with a touch of snail next to the left side of the fold.
Cut a panel at 5-1/4” x 4” from the DSP for the outside of the card. Adhere to the card front. Set aside.
Cut burlap fabric about 1-1/2” wide by 3-1/2” long. Adhere to card front about 1-1/4” from top of the card. Set aside.
Gold emboss the banner on white cardstock. Punch. Stamp the phrase in Cherry Cobbler. Punch another banner from Mossy Meadow cardstock. Adhere the two banners together with the green peeking out the top. Set aside.
Stamp and punch two holly leaves in Mossy Meadow ink on Mossy Meadow cardstock. Set aside.
Punch three ¼” circles from a scrap of DSP. Set aside.
Pierce the holes in the middle of a 3-1/2” square Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the star from the Festive Stitching Thinlits. Magnetic platform – cutting pad – cardstock – die with cutting blade down – cutting pad. Re-poke the holes with your needle to make sure each one is open. Save the negative piece to use in the inside of the card.
Lay the Star Framelits on top of the holes. Tape and cut. Magnetic platform – cutting pad – cardstock – die with cutting blade down – cutting pad.
How to stitch or embroider on card stock:
Cut twine at 25”. Tie a knot in one end. I am using an embroidery needle however the hole isn’t big enough on it to use the needle threader and my twine has all split.
To fix this, I simply added a touch of glue to the ends of the twine.
Twirled them in my fingers to make one strand. I could thread the needle with no problem.
I am going to start out using what I know as the back stitch but for every valley, I ended up having to do a forward stitch otherwise the twine shows on the outside of the star. So this may be a little confusing, but very simple once you get the hang of it. I numbered the holes and am using an ordinary needle and thread for this sample. On my card, I die cut the star before stitching of course.
Bring your needle back-to-front through the second hole.
Tape down the tail on the back. Then stitch backward, putting your needle through the first hole.
Skip the second hole and bring your needle through the third hole.
Come up the fourth hole and backstitch thro the 3rd hole.
Up the 5th hole and backstitch thro the 4th hole.
Now you must come up the 5th hole again and forward stitch to the 6th hole.
Up the 7th hole and backstitch thro the 6th hole. Up the 8th hole and backstitch thro the 7th hole.
Up the 9th hole and backstitch thro the 8th hole. Back up the 9th hole and forward stitch to the 10th hole.
Up the 11th hole and backstitch thro the 10th hole. Up the 12th hole and backstitch thro the 11th hole.
Up the 13th hole and backstitch thro the 12th hole. Back up the 13th hole and forward stitch to the 14th hole.
Up the 15th hole and backstitch thro the 14th hole. Up the 16th hole and backstitch thro the 15th hole.
Up the 17th hole and backstitch thro the 16th hole. Back up the 17th hole and forward stitch to the 18th hole.
Up the 19th hole and backstitch thro the 18th hole. Up the 20th hole and backstitch thro the 19th hole.
Up the 1st hole and backstitch thro the 20th hole.
And this is what the back looks like.
NOTE: If your needle will handle the twine, here is how you use it with the needle threader:
Place the folded wire of the needle threader through the eye of the sewing needle.
Place the thread into the wire loop of the needle threader.
Holding on to the wire of the needle threader and the needle, pull the wire part back through the eye of the needle, stopping when you have one thread in the eye of the needle. Remove the thread from the wire part of the needle threader.
Add glue across the middle of the star and adhere the burlap on the card front.
Add the banner then the leaves and berries.
Cover the berries with glitter glue.
Use a shaving brush or sponge with Mossy Meadow ink to lightly stipple a star over the inside phrase.
Make an envelope from Christmas wrapping paper using the envelope punch board. 6456