Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings in X-stitch

Some time ago, I discovered a Paper Smooches die that cuts a grid for x-stitching on paper. I have wanted to use it for a while and it was the only one on the market. I am seeing more of them now so decided to give it a shot. I am experienced at even-weave stitchery but stuck to the basics. The only "rule" I followed was keeping all of the x's crossed the same way.
In the future I think a heavier weight cardstock would be in order. I used six strands of DMC embroidery floss for the x-stitches, four strands for the backstitching and a size 18 tapestry needle. I wanted to keep the card CAS but it wasn't easy and may have too many layers.
The leaves are die cut and hand-embossed, backed with foam tape and adhered over the stitchery. The card was assembled onto a card base. The inside was decorated with a strip of patterned paper coordinating with the card front.

I am submitting this card to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #236

2. Inkspirational Challenge #146

3. Crafty Creations #353

Techniques: Die cutting, hand-embossing, x-stitching
Size: A2

Stamp: Computer generated sentiment
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Hello Honey, Peach Parfait
Paper: The Paper Studio Fall Leaves
Dies: Paper Smooches Cross-stitch & Stamplorations Leaves
Misc.: DMC Embroidery Floss, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)


  1. What a fabulous way to interpret the sketch! I loved cross stitching many years ago...before I had to keep the needles away from tiny little fingers. It would be such fun to stitch on cards! Great job and thanks for playing along at AHSC!
    DT Member

  2. What a cool design! Love the cross stitching, so neat that you have a die that creates the grid for you! Great fall colors and pretty leaves! :)

  3. Hi Melanie, we spoke through Email about Brown Sugar dt :D
    Lovely card you made! And I am following you now and will add you on my blog list so I keep up to date!
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  4. Cool card! I love the cross stitching. I've always wanted to try but haven't. Thanks for joining us at AHSC for inspiring us.

  5. Wow, how creative! Cross stitching looks wonderful in cards, it adds so much dimension and interest and a wonderful homespun look. Great job with colors and fall-feel too! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

  6. Beautiful card! I used to cross-stitch all the time. Thanks for joining us this week for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Patty A - DT Member

  7. Love it. This was a great sketch for your card...very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC this week. My first experiment with this needed some help, but your card has inspired me to try it again.

  8. This is a really neat idea for this sketch - very unique. The colours are perfect for fall and this type of stitching is a very different idea. Just a hint re the stitching because you mentioned that it was tight... I do a lot of hand stitching on cards and layouts using embroidery floss - it helps to separate the stands into 2 or 3 for this purpose. 6 is definitely too thick. 3 strands is usually ideal. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts :)

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Alyson. I don't believe it was too tight. The problem was that the lighter weight cardstock becomes soft and worn from the constant handling. The stitch count is 7 stitches per inch. To achieve good coverage I elected to use the full 6-stranded skeins.

  9. I love how you used stitching to create the strip affect...awesome! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  10. Love this card, Melanie, it's so original! I hadn't heard of the PS grid die but will have to check it out, I used to cross stitch all the time and would love to add some to my cards. Thanks for the info and for for sharing your talents with us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.