Creative Cards with Stitches
See how machine- or hand-stitching can embellish any card.
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Let Your Paper Be Your Guide
To highlight and add texture to this card, pick a graphic paper with large circular designs, then machine-stitch over the pattern. Trim your paper down to size before sewing over the pattern so you don't have to cut through the stitch lines.
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Stitching by hand is easy if you lightly draw the design first and then punch small holes over the design with your sewing machine needle. The holes serve as a stitching guide.
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Bind it with Stitching
Flowers for eyes and patterned-paper circles for spots create a fun effect on this pieced ladybug. Instead of folding, cut the card in half and sew the pieces together at one edge. Make a second row of stitches for extra durability. To finish the card, stamp the greeting on a white paper strip.
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Stitching is a no-brainer way to attach fabric to a layout. To prevent the fabric from shifting on the paper, tack it down temporarily with a small amount of adhesive.
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Stitch 3-inch-square scraps of patterned paper to create this quilt-like card. Leftover ribbon pieces tied to a long strand on the left side give the greeting a happy-go-lucky feel. The layered die-cut sentiment immediately attracts your attention.
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Create a unique backdrop for your project by drawing the pattern first or sewing it free-form. Here, we used a series of straight lines stitched with variegated thread to set off the heart design.
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Frame Your Message
A stitched border outlines this thank-you card. By layering a couple rows of stitching on top of each other, the lines don't have to be perfectly straight. Add an extra punch of color by stamping on a transparent background and coloring in the flowers with a safe-for-slick surfaces pen.
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Wish someone an out-of-this-world birthday with this awesome alien card. Grid paper, stars, and piecings combine to give the greeting a space-age feel. Stitch around the edges to complete the look. A hardware-store spring and mismatched googly eyes are the secrets behind the alien's bobble head.
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Forget the Thread
Create a playful punched pattern by running your paper project through your sewing machine without thread. The effect is subtle but cool, and it's a super easy technique for beginners.
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Emphasize a fun design by outlining it with stitching. Easter egg dye added a custom touch o this card. Instead of dunking the eggs, dip the cardstock. Follow the directions to mix the egg dye, but leave out the vinegar and use just water instead.
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Decorate a Holiday Card
This holiday card was made by layering strips of patterned paper onto an oblong window card. A strip of light green cardstock was trimmed with decorative-edge scissors and mounted next to a brown strip of paper. A zigzag machine stitch was used to embellish the seam. A paper flower, ribbon, and vintage button finish the look.
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Create a Pocket
A patterned vellum square was stitched onto this brown card to create a cute window. With adhesive, attach a white paper to the inside of the card, leaving one of the four sides unglued. This creates a pocket you can slip a mini-CD or photo into.
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A pad of coordinating papers is a great place to find patterns that look great together. The muted tones of this card give it a soft feeling. Details such as stitching and scalloped edges impart a homemade feel.
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Machine-stitch double lines along the top and bottom of a piece of paper and attach it to the front of any card. Here, one side of a strip of paper was trimmed with scallop-edge scissors and mounted below the stitched, floral paper. A ribbon, button, and sticker complete the look.
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Stitching can help keep several layers of paper from moving around. Here, a mottled green card is covered by a pink patterned paper and creamy, yellow scalloped edge paper. A pink-and-red band is decorated with buttons and ribbons.