100 Cross Stitch Card Designs: Cross Stitch Cards for Every Occasion by Joanne Sanderson


325815ef0704475-261x361.jpg Author Joanne Sanderson
Isbn 9781446304976
File size 187MB
Year 2014
Pages 112
Language English
File format PDF
Category design


 

Introduction Stitching and giving a hand-made card is a real pleasure, and there are 100 wonderful cross stitch motifs in this book to suit all of the important occasions in life – perfect keepsakes for all of your family and friends. The cross stitch designs are easy to stitch and a major feature of the cards is the attractive decoration and embellishments that have been added to them. I will show you how easy it is to finish off your cards professionally with a range of papercrafting embellishments and simple techniques. The card designs are spread throughout 11 chapters, making it easy for you to select the right card for the right occasion. Throughout most of the chapters you will also find alphabets and numerals charted, to allow you to personalize the designs by changing ages and adding names and other messages. Baby Cards features a range of delicious designs perfect to celebrate this joyous event, with colour schemes for baby boys, baby girls and twins. Cards for Girls has fabulous cards for girls from toddlers to teenagers and the cards are easily personalized and adapted to send good luck wishes and congratulations. Cards for Boys shows how to create fun cards for boys of all ages and some of the designs can be used for congratulations and good luck as well as birthdays. Cards for Women focuses on delightful cards to send love and support to all the women that are important to us. Cards for Men has some great cards for some of the wonderful men in our lives, including the themes of sports, racing cars, gardening and football. People with Passions is filled with cards suitable for popular passions, including music, gardening, DIY, cooking, pets and shopping. Love and Romance has some gorgeous cards celebrating all those lovey-dovey occasions, including Valentine’s Day, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. New Horizons provides you with card ideas to celebrate memorable events and great achievements, such as graduating, passing a driving test and emigrating. Calendar Events has attractive designs to celebrate seasonal events through the year – from Easter and St Patrick’s Day to Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving. Cards for Christmas has some colourful festive cards, both contemporary and traditional, which will stand out from shop-bought greetings. Last-minute Greetings features 20 quick-to-stitch cards and tags for those unexpected occasions or events, allowing you to create lovely designs even when time is short. Overleaf you will find the Quick Stitch section, which gives all the stitching advice you need to get you started. After you have stitched your design comes the fun part of decorating and embellishing your card. A design can be simply mounted into an aperture card, but with a little more effort, and a lot more fun, I show you how to combine cross stitch with papercrafting techniques to create some truly memorable cards (see One Card - Three Ways). Hand Crafting Cards is a useful preview to the card-making techniques used in the book, and if my card designs have inspired you to create your own, you’ll find all the information you need in Making and Finishing Cards. One Card – Three Ways The choice of embellishments today is excitingly wide, but can be a little daunting when you are deciding how to finish off a stitched piece. The cross stitch motifs in the book are very versatile – with a slight change, perhaps in the wording on the card or the embellishments used, a design can be used for more than one occasion. Here I show you three basic ways to finish a card. 1 Mounted in a simple double-fold card with aperture. 2 Mounted as a patch on a single-fold card. 1 Here a cross stitch design was stitched on white fabric and simply mounted into a double-fold card with an oval aperture – quick and easy. 3 Mounted as a patch on a decorated single-fold card with themed embellishments added. It’s your choice as to whether you simply slip your stitched design into an aperture card, or spend a little more time finishing your card to make it extra special. At the back of the book you will find a useful section with more detailed advice on card-making and finishing techniques (see Making and Finishing Cards. Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to finish a card, and you can decide just how much or how little you want to do, so feel free to experiment. I hope that the card designs I have included throughout the book will inspire you to create your own. 2 Here the same design was stitched and this time backed with iron-on interfacing to stabilize the fabric edges. It was then trimmed and glued to a single-fold card as an attractive patch. 3 Here the design was stitched on patterned fabric and prepared as a patch as before, but the card itself was decorated with printed papers and the cross stitch design teamed with themed embellishments, producing a professional look that is surprisingly easy to achieve. Quick Stitch Read this section to get you started. It is very useful for beginners because it contains the basic information you need to stitch the designs, and also gives 12 useful tips for producing lovely stitching. See Stitching Materials and Techniques for further information on the stitching materials and equipment you will need, detailed stitching techniques and how to work the stitches. Before starting, check the design size given with each project and make sure that this is the size you require for your finished embroidery. The fabric you are stitching on should be about 7.5–10cm (3–4in) larger all round than the finished stitching, to allow for making up. Organize your threads before you start a project as this will help to avoid confusion later. Put the threads required for a particular project on an organizer (available from craft shops) and always include the manufacturer’s name and the shade number. You can make your own thread organizer by punching holes along one side of a piece of thick card. When you have cut the length of stranded cotton (floss) you need, usually about 46cm (18in), separate out all the strands before taking the number you need, realigning them and threading your needle. If using a hoop, avoid placing it over worked stitches as it will squash them, and remove the hoop from the fabric at the end of a stitching session. If using metallic threads, work with shorter lengths, about 30.5cm (12in), to avoid wear on the thread. The designs in this book have been stitched over one block of a 14-count Aida, but you could also work over two threads of a 28-count evenweave fabric. DMC stranded cotton (floss) has been used to stitch the designs, but you could use Anchor or Madeira if you prefer by matching the colours using a colour card, available at craft shops. Work the cross stitch designs from the centre of the fabric and the centre of the chart outwards. Unless otherwise stated, stitch the designs with two strands of thread for cross stitch, two strands for French knots wound once around the needle and one strand for backstitch. For neat cross stitching, work the top stitches so they all face in the same direction. If your thread begins to twist, turn the work upside down and let the needle spin. When adding a backstitch outline, add it after the cross stitch has been completed to prevent the solid line of the backstitch being broken. Hand Crafting Cards This section is a useful preview of the basic card-making techniques used in this book to give the finished cards that hand-crafted look that makes each one unique for the occasion and the person you are stitching it for. All the techniques are very easy to do, yet create some fabulous effects. The cards can be made up in a number of different ways, and personalizing them to suit each individual recipient is part of the fun. You will find all the information you need to get started in Making and Finishing Cards, including some useful tips on starting to design your own cards fortruly individual greetings. See Suppliers for the list of products used and contact details. Layering, that is adding different elements in layers, not only adds interest but can echo the theme of your card and introduce further colour or contrast. Choose a colour scheme to reflect the theme of the card or the age of the recipient, e.g., softer colours for a new baby card and brighter colours for a toddler. Selecting card and embellishment colours similar to the thread colours in the design is a good way to produce harmony. Choosing an embellishment to complement the theme of a card, and the recipient, is the recipe to success. BABY CARDS The birth of a new baby is a joyous and often much longed-for occasion and what better way to celebrate the event than with a gorgeous hand-stitched card. New parents will be thrilled with such a gesture and the card can be kept forever as a memento of the birth. The cards in this chapter are perfect for celebrating important milestones in the life of a new baby, including the announcement of the birth, congratulations to the proud parents and best wishes for a christening or a baby’s first birthday. The colour schemes have been chosen so they can be easily changed to suit either a baby boy or baby girl. Make it special. . . There are a vast number of baby-themed embellishments available in pretty, sugary shades and a selection is shown here. Cards for newborns are often soft and gentle, much like the baby, so choose soft pastels and neutral colours for embellishments to balance with the cross stitch designs. Baby Boy Announcement The printed Aida used for this sweet card adds an extra dimension to the charming design. Stitch count 25h x 51w Design size 4.5 x 9.3cm (17/8 x 3¾in) You will need 15 x 20cm (6 x 8in) 14-count printed Aida (DMC DC27C bleu) ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and threequarter cross stitch and one strand for French knots and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, mount the stitching in a double-fold card with an oval aperture. Glue a strip of patterned paper 3.5cm (13/8 in) wide to the front base and apply baby-themed embellishments and stickers to each side of the aperture. Baby Girl Announcement All pretty in pink – what an adorable card this is and surely destined to become a treasured keepsake. Stitch count 24h x 52w Design size 4.3 x 9.3cm (1¾ x 3¾in) You will need ★ 15 x 20cm (6 x 8in) 14-count printed Aida (DMC DC27B rose) ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for French knots and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, mount the stitching on a pink single-fold card. Add pink and white floral paper to the mount and embellish with with little pink brads and a narrow ribbon bow. Twins Announcement This sunny announcement of the birth of twins, simply mounted on yellow gingham, makes the cutest card. Stitch count 37h x 32w Design size 6.7 x 5.8cm (2¾ x 2¼in) You will need 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for French knots and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, mount the stitching on a single-fold embossed square card (DCWV, see Suppliers). Add yellow gingham patterned paper to the mount, with a single brad as a pram detail. Baby Boy Announcement DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 168 738 347 3838 414 3839 436 3840 712 B5200 Backstitch 414 Baby Girl Announcement DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 151 818 3350 3733 B5200 Backstitch 414 French knots 414 Twins Announcement DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 168 743 745 913 948 3716 blanc Backstitch 414 French knots 414 French knots 414 Welcome Baby Girl This fun card has been designed for a baby girl but you could change the blanket colour to blue for a boy if desired. A stitched tag contains the baby’s name and date of birth. Stitch count 37h x 46w (for main design) Design size 6.7 x 8.3cm (2¾ x 3¼in) You will need 16 x 16cm (6¼ x 6¼in) 14-count pale blue Aida (DMC 800) 7 x 6cm (2¾ x 23/8 in)14-count white Aida for tag Size 26 tapestry needle DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ ★ ★ ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Stitch the tag using the alphabet and numbers opposite and add a double border in pink cross stitch. To finish, trim the fabric with pinking shears. Cover the bottom half of a lemon single-fold card with patterned paper and stick the fabric patch on top using double-sided tape. Cut a tag shape from striped paper and attach the stitched name and date and a ribbon bow. Place baby stickers (Dovecraft) at the bottom of the tag. Congratulations Baby Boy A simple stitched tag recording the date and weight of a baby boy personalizes this sweet congratulations card. Stitch count 30h x 51w (for main design) Design size 5.4 x 9.2cm (21/8 x 3¾in) You will need ★ 16 x 21cm (6¼ x 8¼in) 14-count patterned Aida (DMC DC27R bleu) ★ 6 x 10cm (2½ x 4in) 14-count blue Aida for tag ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for cross stitch and one strand for the French knot and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Stitch the tag using the alphabet and numbers charted opposite. To finish, trim the fabric edges with pinking shears. Glue an 8cm (3in) strip of patterned paper across the front of a lemon single-fold card and stick a 1cm (3/8 in) strip of paper across the top edge of the patterned paper. Stick the fabric centrally on the front of the card using double-sided tape. Attach a brad and baby napkin pin embellishment (Dovecraft) to the top left corner of the fabric. Cut a tag shape from patterned paper and stick the pinked stitched text on top. Add a ribbon bow before sticking the tag on the bottom right corner of the card. Welcome Baby Girl DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 168 744 3354 318 948 3731 742 963 3838 B5200 Backstitch 150 413 Cross stitch 3354 Backstitch 414 Use the backstitch alphabet and numerals above to create your own tags or customize the cards in the book. You could change the colours to others of your choice Congratulations Baby Boy DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch Backstitch 168 738 745 3839 353 741 948 3840 436 743 3838 B5200 414 French knot 414 Christening Delicate colours and seed beads add a vintage effect to this traditional christening card. Designed to give a timeless elegance to this special occasion, it is suitable for a baby boy or girl. Stitch count 28h x 22w (maximum for each motif ) Design size 5 x 4cm (2 x 1½in) (maximum) You will need ★ ★ ★ ★ Three 12 x 10cm (4¾ x 4in) pieces of 14-count mint green Aida (DMC 964) Size 26 tapestry needle DMC threads as listed in chart key Cream seed beads For the stitching, use two strands for cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Attach the beads (see Attaching Beads) in the positions shown on the chart. To finish, trim the fabric with pinking shears. Stick a 5cm (2in) wide strip of yellow card across the front of a single-fold card, concealing the edge with ribbon. Stick the stitched pieces to the front of the card with double-sided tape. Attach a banner (Ali Craft) and adhesive stones (Papermania). 1st Birthday Girl A baby’s first birthday is a very special celebration and this cute card will mark the occasion perfectly. Stitch count 33h x 32w Design size 6 x 6cm (23/8 x 23/8 in) You will need 16 x 16cm (6¼ x 6¼in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for French knots and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, trim the fabric edges with pinking shears and layer the stitching on to spotted paper. Place striped paper on to the front of a square single-fold card and stick the layered fabric on top with double-sided tape. 1st Birthday Boy The silver outline stickers placed on to the embroidery gives added impact to this baby boy’s first birthday card. Stitch count 37h x 30w Design size 6.7 x 5.4cm (25/8 in x 21/8 in) You will need ★ 16 x 16cm (6¼ x 6¼in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for French knots and for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, trim the fabric edges with pinking shears. Stick patterned paper on to the front of a square single-fold card. Attach the fabric on top using double-sided tape. Add silver peel-off stars and a ‘Birthday’ sentiment to the embroidery. Christening DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 648 912 712 955 744 5283 822 B5200 Backstitch 535 Seed beads cream 1st Birthday Boy 1st Birthday Girl DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 353 702 745 948 353 437 676 741 3770 519 738 807 blanc 413 602 712 963 blanc 666 743 828 435 666 726 3708 French knots 413 Backstitch 413 Backstitch 413 French knots 413 CARDS FOR GIRLS The girls in your life will be delighted with the pretty designs in this chapter, with cards suitable for little sweethearts of all ages. Many of the cards are perfect for congratulations and good luck cards as well as birthdays; for example, the Ballet Star card could celebrate passing a dancing exam. The cards can be personalized further by changing the ages and adding names using the Cards for Girls Backstitch Chart. An 18th birthday card has been designed so that the numbers could also be changed to celebrate being a teenager (age 13) or the beginning of adolescence (age 16). Make it special. . . Soft sugary pinks and lilacs teamed with sparkling silver make the perfect girly embellishment. For older girls you could add sheer organza ribbons and a hint of glitter glue for a sophisticated touch. You should be able to find a wide range of embellishments on specific themes, such as dancing, music and shopping. Juggling Clown This brightly coloured clown has been designed with younger children in mind. Personalize the card by changing the number using the chart provided opposite. Stitch count 59h x 37w Design size 10.7 x 6.7cm (4¼ x 25/8 in) You will need 20.3 x 16.5cm (8 x 6½in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Backstitch the number of your choice. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink card. Cover the front of a single-fold card with scrapbook papers (Sandylion) and glue on ric-rac braid to conceal the join between papers. Stick the layered fabric in place with double-sided tape. Balloon Bear A simple tag decorated with 3D stickers complements this sweet bear. If desired you could add an age number to the balloon using one of the backstitch charts in this chapter or stitch the child’s name above the design using the chart provided opposite. Stitch count 48h x 24w Design size 8.7 x 4.4cm (3½ x 1¾in) You will need ★ 17.8 x 14cm (7 x 5½in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink card. Cover the front of a single-fold base card with scrapbook paper (Rob & Bob Studios). Cut a tag shape from pink card and decorate with stickers (Sandylion) and organza ribbon. Use double-sided tape to stick the tag on to the right-hand side of the base card and the layered fabric on to the left. Use this backstitch chart to change the number on the clown design Balloon Bear DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch Backstitch 310 604 772 434 700 819 436 703 963 601 738 310 Juggling Clown DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch Backstitch 310 699 741 995 498 703 743 996 666 740 963 3716 B5200 310 Use this backstitch chart to change the name and number on the Magical Unicorn design. The alphabets could also be used to create your own messages for other designs in the book. Plan the letters on graph paper first to ensure they fit the space Make a Wish This pretty card could also be used as a congratulations card by using the Cards for Women Backstitch Chart to stitch ‘Congratulations’ instead of ‘Make a Wish’. Stitch count 46h x 37w Design size 8.3 x 6.7cm (3¼ x 25/8 in) You will need ★ 17.8 x 16.5cm (7 x 6½in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing and trim. Cover the front of a single-fold card with scrapbook paper (Sandylion) and trim 1cm (3/8 in) off the right-hand edge. Stick a 2cm (¾in) strip of lilac paper on the inside right-hand edge of the card. Attach the fabric to the front with double-sided tape and decorate with silver stars (Sandylion). Fairy Fun Stamps are perfect for adding a special touch to cards. You could make the card for a daughter, niece or any little girl by using the alphabet on the Cards for Girls Backstitch Chart to stitch the name. Stitch count 57h x 33w Design size 10.3 x 6cm (4 x 23/8 in) You will need 17.8 x 15.2cm (7 x 6in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and for French knots and use one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink card. Cover the front of a single-fold base card with scrapbook paper (Doodlebug). Stick the layered fabric on top and embellish with a tiara sticker (Habico). Magical Unicorn DMC Light Effects metallic threads and a coloured fabric give this card a magical touch. Glitter glue has been added to the fabric in places to enhance the sparkly effect. Stitch count 42h x 28w Design size 7.6 x 5.1cm (3 x 2in) You will need ★ 15.2 x 12.7cm (6 x 5in) 14-count pale pink Aida (DMC 818) ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Backstitch the name and number of your choice using the Cards for Girls Backstitch Chart. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink card. Cover the front of a single-fold base card with scrapbook paper (Sandylion and Paper Adventures) and decorate with coordinating glitter stickers (Sandylion). Stick the layered fabric on top, embellish using glitter glue and allow to dry. Make a Wish DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 209 211 602 742 Backstitch 745 E168 963 (Light Effects) 310 Fairy Fun DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch Backstitch 208 744 211 963 602 996 French knots 3799 3799 740 Magical Unicorn DMC stranded cotton Cross stitch 168 169 310 Backstitch E168 (Light Effects) E3852 (Light Effects) Use the Cards for Boys Backstitch Chart to change the name and number on the design 310 Butterfly Greetings This colourful card would suit any age and is great for all relatives, not just daughters – simply change the word using the Cards for Women Backstitch Chart. Pretty embellishments and gem stones add perfect finishing touches. Stitch count 38h x 63w Design size 6.9 x 11.4cm (2¾ x 4½in) You will need 15.2 x 20.3cm (6 x 8in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing and trim. Cover the bottom half of a single-fold card with scrapbook paper (Sandylion) and stick 3D flower stickers on to the top half. Cover the join with a strip of paper. Attach the fabric centrally to the base card using double-sided tape. Add adhesive gem stones (Papermania) to the butterfly wings and the flower centres. Ballet Star The birthday number on this lovely ballet-themed card can be changed using the chart provided opposite. If you omit the number the card would also be perfect to wish a young girl good luck in an exam. Stitch count 50h x 32w Design size 9 x 5.8cm (3½ x 2¼in) You will need ★ 17.8 x 15.2cm (7 x 6in) 14-count white Aida ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. Backstitch the number of your choice (see the Cards for Girls Backstitch Chart). To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink glitter card. Cover the front of a single-fold base card with ballet-themed paper (Sandylion). Stick the layered fabric on top using double-sided tape. A Special Occasion Iridescent Aida adds a special touch to this card. Numbers 3 and 6 are also charted so the card can celebrate a 13th or 16th birthday. Stitch count 40h x 32w (for design shown) Design size 7.3 x 5.8cm (27/8 x 2¼in) You will need 17.8 x 15.2cm (7 x 6in) 14-count iridescent Aida (DMC DC27D) ★ Size 26 tapestry needle ★ DMC threads as listed in chart key ★ For the stitching, use two strands for full and three-quarter cross stitch and one strand for backstitch. See Stitching Materials and Techniques. To finish, back the fabric with iron-on interfacing, trim and layer on to pink and lilac card using double-sided tape. Cover the front of a single-fold base card with patterned papers (Dovecraft and Sandylion) and attach the layered fabric on to the card.

Author Joanne Sanderson Isbn 9781446304976 File size 187MB Year 2014 Pages 112 Language English File format PDF Category Design Book Description: FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrDiggMySpaceShare 100 quick and easy cross stitch ideas for stitchers to use to create fantastic greetings cards for friends and family with this diverse collection of motifs and designs for every occasion. Whether it’s a new baby, wedding anniversary or special birthday, there’s certain to be a card to suit you. Each card design is accompanied by complete stitching instructions, embellishment ideas and clear color charts. The author also shares her papercrafting secrets to help create simple cards that will make a big impression! There are ideas for seasonal greeting cards for events such as Christmas, St Patrick’s day and Independence day. Choose from designs for last-minute greetings for quick-to-stitch ideas–perfect for when you want to send your congratulations immediately, and can’t afford to to spend hours stitching!       Download (187MB) Making and Dressing Miniature Teddy Bears Learn Bruges Lace Magical Cross Stitch Designs At Home with Crochet Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects Load more posts

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