Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stitch & Stamp Tutorial with IPPITY :)

Finally it is Thursday...such a tough week this time around. I am looking forward to the weekend because I am in need of some serious crafting time. Both for deadlines and for my mental ;) Please keep your fingers crossed that I do not get called in to work on Saturday. My feet are screaming already and while extra money is always needed (especially in the colder months/winter with Mike's one job being seasonal), I really appreciate the time off. That double edge sword sort of things (did I get that right...sounds strange). Anyway...enough chatty and let's get on with the tutorial!

This technique can be as tedious as you allow it to be, but the end result is just amazing. I was soooo happy with the image I chose (can you say IPPITY? Yummy!) and how it turned out. I have so much embroidery floss and I am thinking I may actually be able to out a dent in it now that I know I will use this stamp & stitch again and again. The downside is that I am now looking at stamps in a different way....yes, this means I have rationalized some more "need" for purchasing...tee hee ;)

"Life Is Too Short To Be Anything But Happy" (isn't that the truth?):

Supplies Used:
Card: made with scrap cardstock
Cardstock: Neenah
Patterned Paper: Rouge de Garance (Sandylion)
Buttons: Autumn Leaves
Embroidery Thread: DMC
Stamps: Quotes a'la Happy set (Ippity)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger)
Ribbon: Michael's
Other: Pop Dots; Copic Markers (Y17, Y15, Y13, YR09, YR07, YR04)

"Stamp & Stitch Technique" Tutorial:

STEP 1: Stamp your image.

STEP 2: Take a piercing tool or pin and pierce your pattern where you wish to add thread.

STEP 3: Sew the parts of your stamp you wish to highlight.

STEP 4: Be careful not to pull too hard as to tear your paper. Here is a close up of the running stitch that I used. Secure any loose thread on the back of your image with a tiny knot or a little tape.

STEP 5: Color and/or embellish your newly sewn stamped image as desired.

Some things to remember:
*Use a self healing mat or old mouse pad underneath your stamped image when piercing. This will save your table, lap or splat mats from any damage.

*Use a thimble when stitching or be very aware of where your needle will be entering the paper. If you get drops of blood on your image you may have to start over (yes...this is from experience).

*This can be done while watching TV or talking on the phone (exclude texting or there will be needle marks in your phone). Please see the tip above for safety reasons ;)

*The shorter the length of your embroidery thread, the less tangles you will get.

*Pulling the thread through the pierced hole too quickly will result in the paper tearing. Again, you may end up having to start over. Take your time :)

Close Up of stitched image:

We have been without sun here in Pittsburgh for the last 3 days and it has rained. Looking at this sun really lifts my spirits :) Thankfully we have been blessed with GORGEOUS weather today. I am working 11 hours today, but I can at least enjoy it through the window :) Hope you are having a beautiful day as well cyber friends!!! Hugs all around!!!!


AGohl said...

Cute! That technique turned out great!!!!

Hope you don't get called in to work this weekend :)

Patti J said...

I miss traveling to Pitt. DD did her grad school at Carnegie Mellon, so we traveled back and forth quite a bit. It's a little over 10 hours. It's such a great town - I loved it! We used to go to the History Bead Co.(?) and make jewelry ... so much fun! Love your card - what a great idea using the floss!!! Hope you feel better now that the sun is shining. With all your rain, you are bound to have a gorgeous fall!

Rona said...

This is so awesome!!! I love the way you ROCK the Ippity my friend!! :)

Theresa said...

Just stopped by to say "Mwwwaahhh!!!!"

A Cards Delight said...

Beautiful card! Love that technique and will have to try it! You are one talented lady and hope you have the weekend off!

Andrea6760 said...

What a clever idea! I never thought of adding hand stitching to any of my stamped images. I know how to embroider, and that might add a great accent to some of my stamps. Thanks for the idea and tips Pryn! I will try to keep the blood off my image too! LOL


Barbara said...

This is cute Pryn what patience you have my friend and what great results.