I'm sure many of you have been seeing lots of cross stitching making its way onto cards recently - which I'm sure is mostly due to Jennifer McGuire's recent video, starting this obsession. And I have happily joined onto the bandwagon! I started cross stitching when I was pretty young, and it's been one of my many on-and-off hobbies. I was happy to pick it up again, since I already have lots of supplies and embroidery floss. But the great thing is, even if you've never done this before, the supplies are very inexpensive to try it out!
Many people are using dies that are available now that cut out the holes for stitching for you - like this Paper Smooches die, or this MFT stitched tag die. However, I was too impatient to wait for either of these to ship to me - plus, I wanted to just try this out first to see if it was something worth the investment of a $25 die. So I actually just poked all the holes by hand with a paper piercer :) I used some graph paper as a template of where to poke the holes, and did all of these onto a basic Simon Says Stamp tag die.
I love stitching on these tags because it is a smaller area, so it doesn't take too long to stitch it up. Each of these tags took around 1-2 hours. Not bad compared to how long I would guess a full card front would take! And once you're done, you have a really nice element to add to a card that can be finished really quickly.
You can see how I did a combination of different stitches on most of the dies, and added sequins to some too. I didn't really plan too much ahead of time what stitches I would do. I would basically just pick my colors first, and then decide on what to stitch as I go. It'll turn out awesome no matter what, I think!
These stitched tags really make for some special cards, and it's always fun to try something new and different and incorporate different kinds of crafting together!
Have you tried stitching on cards yet? What do you think of this trend?