I am so excited about this card. I hope you will be too! I am using the Sew Easy tool by We R Memory Keepers that I got in my box of goodies!
I measure out my green piece of Bazzill cardstock to fit my pre-made card. Also, I selected the orange option for making holes in my paper.
To ensure straight lines, I match my cardstock against the corner of the foam mat.
I press down and make holes in all four sides. The corners aren't perfect, so we'll see what happens!
Thankfully, this looks good. My mom-in-law straightened me out...you should have seen what I was doing! The Sew Easy tool comes with a paper needle (versus getting out a normal small sewing needle.) I used regular embroidery floss (all 6 strands).
I sew one way and then come back and "cross" those lines. This leaves the middle hole, made by the tool, untouched.
Sometimes I didn't press down hard enough on my Sew Easy, so I used a paper piercer to make a better hole.
This is the back of the card. I tape down the beginning and end pieces because I think that reduces bulk.
My border is complete. Here is the flower I am going to use on this card. I bought a multi-colored pack of these felt flowers from Joann's for $1 (those bins in front of the check-out). I haven't done anything with them...until now!
This is a thick felt flower by the way. I do a backstitch to outline the flower. The paper piercer comes in very handy for this. Regular felt is not as hard to stitch.
Now for the stem of my flower. I go through my button collection (and my mom-in-laws), but what I decide is white buttons...with a twist.
Using a felt applicator, I apply lettuce and gold alcohol inks by Ranger to the buttons. Beautiful. I used maybe 4 drops of lettuce and 1 drop of gold, and it looks really pretty.
The buttons needed one more thing. So I went back and threaded the buttons and then reapplyed the ink to the threads. Now they have a complete look.
Here is my card all done! It's blank on the inside so I can send it for different occasions. So dust off your embroidery floss and find a new use for it! Until next time...thanks for stopping by!