Hello blog readers! It seems like it has been forever since I blogged. I have been swamped but I'm catching up. I have lots to share with you so look for more post to come soon!
Today I wanted to share a new way to use your stamps. This idea has been floating in my mind for some time. As many of the readers know, along with paper crafting, I also have been a long time cross stitcher. I always have a project going, and always cross stitch when I get to sit down and watch tv, it gives my hands something to do. So this idea started floating around......BUT it really formed when I saw the CutterPillar Glow video online. Before anyone says they can't do this...yes YOU CAN! Super easy!!!
The CutterPillar Glow is basically a "lightbox" but TOTALLY updated. Can I say TOTALLY? This is a flat version, brighter, if you want it. It is an LED light board with three light settings. It also comes with a self healing cutting mat. I love that it is bigger than the old light boxes in size but flat! It's a great crafting mat because it adds light to your crafting area! I will be using this ALL the time! Who doesn't need just a little more light in their crafting area?! But it is also great to use while watching tv and working on some crafting items!
I love the cutting mat, the measure marks on it are great! (I included a picture later in the post). There is also a glass mat offered, I need to get it so I can do inking techniques on it. (if I did them on the self healing mat- it would stain).
This is the light board without the mat on it. I tried to take pictures of the different light settings, but they didn't come out in pictures well but it's a nice feature to have.
This is the light board with the mat on it. The mat "sticks" to the light board and I saw no shifting as I was crafting. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a coupon code for my blog readers that are interested in the CutterPillar Glow.
Okay, now on to my new way to use your stamps! Stitching is very popular trend right now. Any time I can mix my love of stamps and stitching together, it makes me happy!
I wanted to try to turn my stamps into stitching patterns to stitch from! The CutterPillar Glow helped me make it very easy to do this!
What you need:
You need some stitching fabric: you can use any lighter color fabric you have on hand. I would imagine you can use even regular material but I used some cross stitch material scraps that I had. This was a try and see if it works project so I wasn't picky. I would suggest light colored material so you can see your stamp on the fabric.
A good black ink: I used Hero Arts intense black
A stamp set: you can use any stamp set you want, I would try something with simple lines first and build from there.
Needle and thread: I always have plenty of DMC threads around so that's what I used. I used Black 310 for this project. As it was a try and see project, I kept it simple. But as I get better at this, I will mix in other colors too.
CutterPillar Glow: you can do this without the light board but it makes it so easy to see where you are stamping!
Now before anyone says: but I can't sew or stitch. YES you can do this! This is super easy!!! No formal stitching experience needed! I didn't even use "official" stitches! I just did what looked good! You can do this! Think of it as coloring with thread!
I picked an image from a Stamp set. I used Paper Smooches: A Blessed Christmas. I wanted a simple image. Since I was just going to use black thread, this image worked perfect. I took the stamp and while using the light from the CutterPillar Glow, I stamped the image onto my material. (ink up that stamp well, use good solid pressure on it!) I roughly centered the design on my material. It doesn't have to be perfectly centered as I have extra material on the edges.
That's it for stamping! Now you thread your needle and start stitching. DMC thread comes in 6 strands. I used 3 strands to stitch this but you can use how many ever strands looks good to you. I showed my DMC thread in this picture from a cone of thread, you don't have to buy it like this, I do since I stitch so much, but you can buy an inexpensive skein of thread at any craft store, stitching store, online store, or even Walmart.
I didn't include my stitching hoop in the items you need as some people like to stitch with the project in their hand, no hoop frame. I started stitching using a hoop, so it's what I'm used to. Hobby Lobby or Michaels carries these in different sizes for a couple of dollars. Now for the stitching part:
I tied a know in my thread and started stitching. I followed the lines around the stamped image keeping my straight stitches no more than 3 squares apart (I wanted small stitches so that I could control where the stitches laid and follow the stamped image.)
This is a picture of the self healing cutting mat, I wanted to show the measurement lines on it, one of my favorite features!
I forgot to take picture mid stitching. But I outlined the image and then filled in the area of heavier color. I used the same small stitches in those areas, just filling in/ coloring, with the thread. Keep in mind, this is not fancy stitching it is EASY, simple straight backstitching. I'm not following the grid on the fabric, you can use this on any fabric, it doesn't have to be cross stitch material fabric. I am following the stamped image. Think of your thread as a marker, follow the image, color in any spots you think you like more color. I "colored" in the hair and beard area.
This shows the stitches a little better. Simple! If you follow your stamped image, you will only see the thread not the stamp lines. Take your time while stitching. Is ever stitch perfect? No, they don't have to be! Just follow the lines! It's just coloring....with thread!
This is a great way to use your stamps in other ways. You can take this and "frame it". Nothing fancy, any small frame will do. Take the glass of the frame and lay it on top of your project. Put a pencil mark around the corners to mark where to cut it. Use nice good scissors and cut out your image to fit your frame. Now I use some stop fray on the edges of my pieces. Honestly, I'm not sure that it needed, but I've always done it. (if you use stop fray, wait till it dries completely before adding your piece back to the frame). You can use little frame ornaments (look in the Christmas section of your craft store for inexpensive ones). These would look great on a Christmas tree or as simple gifts! Think teacher gifts! These are quick projects that make nice gifts. You can finish these any way that you want, but putting them in a frame is the quickest! I used a small stamp, but you can use any size you want. You can even stitch some of your sentiments! Give it a try!
I hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a try. I included another example that I started but I haven't finished this one yet.
I also stamped some stars on this one. I want to try and fill this one in with some color. I'll see how it goes.
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