Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pattern Papers as Templates for Stitching

This is a technique that I've used in one of my latest layout. It's actually very simple and helps you to create a cool looking stitched design on your projects.

Here are the steps to it.
1) Choose a design or a pattern from a pattern paper. It can be from colouring book, fabric, scrapping pattern papers, gift wrappers, magazine or even packaging. If you want to use an image or a pattern from a hard to pierce through materials, just traced it out first. In my example above, I've used a gift wrapper. Put your pattern on top of your layout or card stock. 2) Add a layer of soft crafting foam underneath your layout or card stock to ease the piercing process. I've used a red crafting foam in the picture above. The get yourself a needle, pin or twizzer (anything sharp for the piercing process) and start piercing holes following the pattern.
3) Remove the pattern and start stitching. In my example, I've used some water colours to paint in between the stitching to enhanced the look of the pattern.

This is so easy and fun! Try it!

13 comments:

Margo said...

Love this, I have done something similar but never thought to paint it too I love the affect it gives.

scrapbookideas said...

Another great idea Irene!

sungoddess said...

Thanks so much for posting this... A GREAT IDEA!

irisbleu said...

I love this tutorial. What a great idea!! TFS!

Tereza said...

Irene, you are soo creative that it is insane! :) WOW!!

Jane said...

oh wow..what a simple idea but it looks gorgeous!!!! why didn't I think of that?? thanks Irene!!!

Melissa said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

Gra said...

Oh, great idea Irene, I'll try to do it!
Kisses from Israel

dutchbird said...

What a great idea! I just used an old chipboard swirl (the negative side) to make the holes for stitching on a canvas aswell..

The inking inside your stitching is amazing as usual!

Merel

croppin carla said...

Great technique.......love it!

Pia said...

I just love your blog! You inspire me so much. And your layouts are so beautiful!

Please check out my blog.
I listed my favorite blogs for an award and you are one of them!

sincerely

Pia from Sweden

KALDesign said...

Beautiful!!! I am always inspired by your blog.

dragonflys said...

this is are real cool idea

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