When I first saw DeeDee's sketch, I loved how she found a way to create a really balanced layout, even though most of the "goings on" were on one side of the page. I decided to play with it a bit and actually flipped the sketch across the vertical axis! It looked great that way too, so I decided to play with it a little bit more and create a card instead of a layout. I wanted to keep the proportions similar, so my card had to be square (in this case 5 1/2" X 5 1/2"). And finally, because I didn't want to be too square (okay - that was really bad), I changed up the shapes! All I have to say is - when you are working with a great sketch like this one, the variations are endless!
Plain coloured cardstock for card base
BoBunny Jazmyne paper (with a bit of BoBunny Noel paper for fun)
Brown embroidery floss
Embroidery cloth (16 count)
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Adhesive of your choice
Creating the Card:
1. Fold a piece of cardstock in half and cut to a 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" square. Distress the edges.
2. Cut a strip of "Flower Box" paper from the BoBunny Jasmyne collection at 2"X5 1/2". Distress the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
3. Place your paper strip on the mouse pad, and line up the embroidery cloth along the long edge of your paper strip.
4. Using your tapestry needle, decide how much of a seam allowance you would like, and then use your tapestry needle to punch holes in the paper in a straight line. You can also do this free hand, but the cloth will allow you to get a straight line with evenly spaced holes without having to do any measuring.
5. Thread your hand-sewing needles with embroidery floss.
6. Starting at the first hole, thread the needle up through the hole and leave at least 1" of thread hanging. Thread the needle down into the 2nd hole.
7. Thread up through the 3rd hole, and then back down through the 2nd hole, creating a back stitch. This will lock your thread in place.
8. Thread up through the 4th hole and back down through the 3rd hole.
9. Continue the pattern all the way to the end of your strip of paper.
10. Repeat steps 6-9 on the second side of the strip of paper.
Note: If you notice the white from the core of the paper showing through your holes and you do not like that effect, simply all some more distress ink over top of your thread
11. Secure the threads with a piece of tape and then glue the strip to your card base.
12. Cut out a variety of circle shapes (I used 1/2" , 3/4" and 1 1/2" circles), in the Jasmyne paper varieties.
13. Use a variety of stitch patterns to embellish the circles. Check out the video for some ideas.
14. Adhere the circles to the base of the card.