Spellbinders Small Die of the Month for Dec 2022 is a valentine theme stitching die set. Stitching dies have become so popular among the crafting community lately and Stitched cards are very unique and special.
Today I am sharing two cards I created using the Spellbinders Small Die of the month for Dec ’22. Here is what the die set looks like:
My First Card
My color palette for these two cards are light pink, dark pink, peach and gold. For my first card I decided to die-cut the pieces in all three shades of my color scheme. Then I did some stitching on the heart with two stands of dark pink and one strand of gold DMC Embroidery Thread. Before stitching I like to add two layers of die-cut so it’s sturdy when I do the stitching.
I die-cut the sentiment “Hey Sweetie” with light pink card-stock and layered a gold card-stock behind it. The sentiment banner added on top of the heart is just the perfect placement. I finally added some gold pearls on the centers of the stitching and the background lattice.
My card is 5 and a half by 4 and a quarter inches in dimension. I added a pretty floral pattern paper that match my color palette as a background for my die-cut focal image. This finished my first card.
My Second Card
For my second card I had an idea of doing an ombre layered background. The largest piece of the die set is this rectangle which cuts straight on two sides bu there is a fun scallop edge on the top and bottom. I thought it would be cool if i just die cut one edge with this design and layer in ombre fashion.
I calculated the height first. The large die is about 4 and a quarter inches tall. So if I die cut each piece to be a little over and inch, it would fit perfectly on my card front. On the top most piece I also die cut the top edge. My ombre starts with darkest on the top and gets lighter as in goes down towards the bottom. The I die-cut a gold heart and added it on the ombre background with foam tape. I settled with a white card-base as the background for my focal image for this card.
For the sentiment i used “Love You” die cut with dark pink card-stock and layered with gold die cut behind it. I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip along the bottom of my card. As an embellishment I added some jewels on the center of the designs on the heart die-cut. This completed the second card.
I really loved the sentiments of this die set. I have also used it on another card here.
I had so much fun going through the stitching process for these cards. It’s embroidery but instead of fabric it’s on paper (card-stock actually). I could think of tons of different color combinations for these particular die set. Wish I only had enough time to do every color combinations. I created three cards with these dies so far. In future if time permits I will definitely want to use them again.
Without much of the babbling lets get to the cards I have created.
I think this card turned out so pretty with the white poinsettias and dark green stitching on black die cut. It’s funny how I admire my creations before even anyone else says it’s pretty. Well, I guess you have to like what you create before you show it to others that might appreciate it right?
I started by die cutting the stitching piece with black card-stock from Spellbinders and the letters with gold card-stock. You must love how you can see the lines on the letters. It’s some smaller details in these dies that make a huge difference in the outcome.
Then started stitching the floral arrangement looking piece behind the joy with a thicker needle and embroidery thread. I wanted the poinsettias to be white and the leaves to be dark green. And obviously the flowers centers to be yellow. The flower part is adhered with foam tape and the the joy is again another layer of foam tape. Which makes this card very dimensional.
For the background of this card I created an embossed white panel with a stitched gold border around it to tie it with the gold JOY. I finally added some gold jewels on the middle fo the flower centers and called this card done.
I did the same process like on my first card, only difference is I die cut with red card stock and stitched with gold embroidery thread. The JOY is cut with gold card stock and added with foam tape.
For the background of this card I took a green tone-on-tone pattern paper. This one is a little bit textured but not busy pattern. The dull muted green color makes this combination so rich I think.
I splattered the whole piece with shimmery gold watercolor and white acrylic paint. Doing that added extra interest to my background. Then I added another layer of gold card-stock cut with stitched rectangle die showing just a little stitched border around it.
I finished off this card by adding some gold pearls to the center of each flowers and paired it with red envelope ready to send. Now I am ready with a few Christmas cards in hand, even though I don’t send out cards for Christmas In July event.
I started by die-cutting a white card-stock with the two dies together that came in this die set. One cuts the patterned hole for stitching and one cuts around it to make it fit perfectly on an A2 card-front. Usually when I know I am going to ink blend on the panel I use Bristol Smooth Card-stock. I think distressed oxide inks blend so well on this paper.
I have a small craft space in my bedroom and not usually I have the energy to pull out all the inks and brushes to create an ink blended background, which are often stowed away to avoid clutter. But every time I create an ink blended background I end up admiring it so much.
Saltwater Taffy is one of my favorite pinks, this is a new color that recently released. Added some spots of it in three areas of my die-cut panel. I used Vilianous Potion and Prize Ribbon to blend around it to fill the whole background. I love the contrast from bright pink to dark blue and transitioning with purple in between.
Then the main stitching process came in play. I used DMC Thread in Black Gold from Amazon for the embroidery. It is gold and black combined, such an elegant color.
For the sentiment I used the word JOY that I cut out with the Stitched Joy Die set. Of course, I inked it with Saltwater Taffy to match my project. Adding a little dark gold shimmery card-stock die cut behind it created extra detail. Finally, I added a strip of embossed sentiment above it that says “sending lots of ” to complete the message.
Well, this finished my third card. I didn’t’ add any extra bling on this card as there was a lot going on. Here are some other stitched cards I have created in the past with similar stitched dies if you are interested.
Hope this post inspired you. Thank you for stopping by.
I started by die-cutting the “Hi” with white and embroidered it using the gold embroidery thread. I love the look of gold on white. The embroidered layer was then adhered onto the shadow layer using foam tape for dimension.
For the background, I picked one of the gel prints I created a while back and used the Candlewick Rectangles Etched Dies to die cut it. I didn’t need to do anything else with the background as it has a lot of texture already.
I used the Mini Blooms and Springs Etched Dies to cut out some of these cute little flowers in a peachy-pink shade. This color complemented my background color so well. You can see that I’ve created some clusters of flowers around the “Hi” for decoration. I added some gold pearls in the middle of the flowers.
Now my card is done.
Adding a Masculine Twist
I created another one thinking I should give it a little bit of masculine vibe. Let me know what you think.
Here I created this with black die-cut “Hi”. I embroidered this one with gold as well. Then I added it with foam tape on the shadow layer cut with gold card-stock.
Remember the gel print I used in the first card? It makes a comeback here after I gave it a trim with the paper trimmer, choosing not use any more die for a simpler look.
Then I stamped and embossed one of the sentiment from Just Wanted to Say Clear Stamp Set on a black card-stock with gold to match my black and gold “Hi”. I chose to place it on the bottom-left of the “Hi”.
A Papyrus card I saw at my local pharmacy inspired the color combination of this card. Here is my inspiration photo. Check out the color palette which I really liked.
I used the Nestabilities Hemstitch Rectangles Etched Dies from Spellbinders to cut the background panel. I added a layer of gold glitter card stock behind it. If you look closely, you can see a little gold peeking through the holes of the die cut.
I then die-cut the elements of my wreath in the colors that match my inspiration color palette.
For the focal point of the card, I arranged the leaves and flowers in a wreath shape on the front. Some were added with liquid glue and some were propped up with tiny pieces of foam tape.
This die is just so cute that I had to create a bunch of cards with this one.
Little Chickadee Cards
I started by die-cutting a bunch of little pieces of these birds in very bright red/blue/green/orange and teal color. Then I spent quite a while adding each layers of the bird. This was definitely time consuming to create this many birds but look how cute these look! It was totally worth the time and effort spent creating them.
Six Chickadee Friends
Here’s my first one:
I picked this piece of gel print that I created a while ago. It was cut into 3 and 3 quarters inches by 5 inches. I added a mat of the same green card-stock I used on the birds. Both of the background layers would still leave a white border around it.
I then arranged 6 birds on the front of a panel so that the birds are facing different directions. Doing this makes it look like I used different dies to create these birds rather than just one.
For this one, I used an embossed white background matted with the teal card-stock again leaving a white border around it. As an accent, I added a strip of the gel print along the bottom where I planned on adding the sentiment strip.