Stitched Santa

Stitched Santa

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This card is being entered in the Perfectly Rustics Design Challente No. 35 – Stitiching – where we are to use stitching on our creations. I have never sewn on a card before, so this was a great challenge for me to try something new!  (

So I dug out my sewing machine, dusted it off, … and proceeded to make a mess!!  I discovered that stitching on a card is HARD!!!  I had quite a bit of trouble and wasted quite a bit of paper before I got something I could use.  I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I actually took my finished stamped and colored image and tried to sew on that as one of my first attempts.  UGH!  Luckily, the panel started out kind of big, and I was able to trim off the disaster!  My stitches weren’t straight (at all), my borders were very uneven, and the corners were just a mess.  I finally realized it was too hard to use the straight stitch because it was not at all forgiving.  The slightest bit of crookedness was too obvious.  I tried to tell myself it added charm, but it really was making me nuts on this layout with all the straight edges!  I found this zigzag stitch easier to control (or maybe I had just had more practice by the time I tried it!), but I still had trouble turning the corners with this stitch. Hence, the buttons!  The stitching is a really nice look for a country-ish card, but I need a lot more practice (or a lot more paper)!

The stamp I used for this card was by Hero Arts and is called Star Santa (H1100).  I stamped him on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copic Markers (coat and hat- R46, R59; tree and holly leaves – G24, G29; hair – W1, E43; trim on coat and hat – E30, E33; face – E30, E13 (cheeks); mittens – B24, B29, C5, C7, C9; stars – Y17; and tree trunk – E59).  Besides the white card stock, I also used Gina K Cranberry Tart and Christmas Pine, and the patterned paper came from the Gina K “Cold Snap” patterned paper pack.  I used white thread for my stitching, and the white strands that I separated from two-colored baker’s twine for the bows on the buttons.

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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5 thoughts on “Stitched Santa

  1. BEAUTIFUL!! Yes, I can imagine taking the corners would be hard …getting that last stitch in the right place … A BEAUTIFUL result though! What about getting close to the corner and then putting in two or three tiny straight stitches?? Would that look weird?


  2. This is such a beautiful card, Lisa. I think your stitching looks fabulous but a genius put buttons on the corners so…. LOL!!! The only way I ever knew to do corners was straight stiching you leave the needle down and turn the fabric in the direction you are going. With zig zag… hmmm? I bought a new sewing machine just to sew on cards and have not used it once! You inspire me to take it out. Just beautiful!!


  3. Hi Lisa, sounds like you had some fun with sewing. You were quite brave going straight to you project! It looks great thoug and the buttons look like they should be there. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics!


  4. YAy, YAY for you dear Lisa!!! Sewing on your cards is the only reason I bought my sewing machine! I LOVE IT!! 🙂 I think you did a very, very wonderful job here (even with all the background disasters!!!) hee hee!! Thanks for joining with us again at Perfectly Rustics! Great to have you back!
    Smiles SHarnee 🙂


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