Thursday, March 3, 2011

Scalloped Thanks

I created this card with my friend Gisela. The cross stitch on the scallop border takes a little bit of work, but I love how the effect looks.

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Cardstock: Daffodil Delight (119683), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Melon Mambo (115320), Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650)
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Stitches (121781)
Stamp Sets: Gracias Por Preocuparte (W 122393, C 122395), Me Alegro Por Ti (W 123260, C 123262)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Tempting Turquoise (100814)
Embellishments: Basic Pearls (119247)
Punches: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (118874), 1-3/4" Circle (119850), 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval (119275), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275)
Embosslits Die: Beautiful Wings (118138)

1. Punch out your desired cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.
2. Thread a needle and pass it through one of the first holes of the border.
3. Hold down the end of the thread on the other side of the border with your finger.
4. While still holding the end of the thread, pass the needle as shown, making a diagonal stitch.
5. Make sure that, as you make your diagonal stitches, you sew down the end of the thread that you were holding with your finger. The front of your border should have diagonal stitches, while the back should have vertical stitches that hold down the end of the thread.
6. Once you've stitched to a desired length, go back and stich over your first diagonals, forming a cross.
7. To finish off, pass the needle through your back vertical stitches (so you don't have a loose thread and everything ties in the back neatly).
8. You're done! Now you can add your cross-stitched scallop border to your card by using dimensionals or tape.

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