Saturday, 26 September 2015

52CCT - Technique ....

... Good morning!  Welcome to the last challenge in September (where has this month gone?) here at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  Fabiola has picked a super technique for us to use on our Christmas/Winter cards - she wants to see REAL STITCHING.  We're not accepting faux stitching this week.

I have to admit that it did make me think abit.  I remembered something that I did at school (a while ago) that involved maths - Bezier curves.  I didn't understand the maths then, and I don't now, but the curves make great string art!  And that's what I did on my card:

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Tis the Season, Alpine Christmas
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolour - Pastel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Black; Linen Embossed Card; Metallic Thread

I decided to make a fairly simple card.  I cut a square of linen embossed card (which has been in my stash for years) and lightly drew on the x and y axes of a graph, and then pricked holes at 1/8th inch intervals along both axes, ending up with 24 holes along each line.  I rubbed out the lines and, using metallic thread, started to sew.  I started on the y axis coming up at 24 and taking the thread down at 1 on the x axis, then on to 23 and down at 2 and carried on until this beautiful curve is created.  I love the beautiful shimmer on the curves.  I stamped a very bold Christmas greeting in black in the centre of the panel.  I used dimensional tape to adhere the finished panel to black card and then attached it to the card blank.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added another Christmas message and finished with some multi-coloured snowflakes to echo the multi-coloured thread on the front.

Merry Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a close up of the stitching so that you can see the colours on the thread and see how the curve is constructed.


You'll find more inspiration using REAL STITCHING from the rest of the Design Team on our blog.  You've got plenty of time to join in - deadline for submission is midnight Friday 2nd October (7.00pm EDT).  Do have a go!!  See you soon.

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10 comments:

lilybygilly said...

Gorgeous colours in your stitching Deborah. The threads frame your bold sentiment perfectly. What a wonderful sentiment on the inside too - I love that. Hugs, Gill x

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--I'm in awe, Deborah! This is so creative & beautiful!

fabiola jaques said...

Oh Wow Déborah, quelle classe, tes coutures sont superbe et mettent si bien ton sentiment en valeur, biz

Moni said...

Beautiful card!!! Would you like to join us in our "Quirky Sewn with love" Challenge at Quirky Crafts?
http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com/2015/09/challenge-20-quirky-sewn-with-love.html#comment-form
Monica.-DT

Tanja said...

the multi-colored stitching looks awesome

April Cheetham said...

Oh wow Deborah! This is stunning. I remember doing a kit like that in the 70s! Your card looks a lot more modern and stylish though :-)Xx

Patricia Hays said...

I love how you've used the stitching to frame the sentiment. It's a wonderful, elegant card!

Shawna Standish said...

I usually don't use this word but in this instance it is worthy.. This card is STUNNING.. I cannot imagine the amount of work and patience it must have taken you. So precise and beautifully simple. No color is needed just pure design!! Love this card Deborah.

Shawna Standish said...

Okay now I see the color.. Very subtle very effective as to not intrude on the overall composition.. I still stand with my original statement.. STUNNING!

Kate said...

Looks great Deb, not sure I'd have the patience though

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