Monday, 17 March 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 112

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, it's my turn to host the challenge, and I've gone for something I enjoy but don't often find time to do - Paper Pricking (or Piercing if you prefer.) I'd like to see some decorative paper pricking on your project. It can be a border, an embellishment or the whole design, so long as the paper or card has been pierced. If you want, you can stitch the holes - that's up to you, but no faux-stitching! As far as I'm concerned, the more decorative, the better!

Our sponsors this time are:

I used an image from our sponsor called Tess Summer Fun.

As you can see, I've pricked and stitched a frame for the image. I did consider leaving it unstitched, but in the end, I just couldn't! The pattern from the frame comes from The Art of Decorative Paper Pricking by Janet Wilson, although I had to adapt the inner pattern to make it work the way I wanted it to. I stitched it with some thread I keep for paper embroidery - it's got a beautiful sheen and it's nice and fine. I think it's intended for machine embroidery, but I wouldn't trust myself anywhere near a sewing machine! The image is coloured with Promarkers, although I shaded the background slightly with Pan Pastels. The image and matt were cut using Spellbinders dies, and I threaded some ribbon from Papermania through the eyelets. I finished the card by adding some liquid pearl to the pricked pattern.

I hope you can join us this time. I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you've come up with - and I'll be choosing a winner and top five. So, let me see how decorative you can make your paper-pricking!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Fan-Tastic Tuesday where anything goes,
Papertake Weekly where they're playing bingo (centre horizontal line - I've used a corner rounding punch - hope that covers the 'punched shape' option, if not, ignore this entry.)
Tuesday Throwdown where they want stitching,
Addicted to Stamps and More where anything goes,
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where anything goes,
Crafty Girls where anything goes,


Scrapcat 1 said...

Wow this is just stunning, so much work has gone into this xx

Hayley Kew said...

Very cute image and fun ribbon accent :) Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More, we sure hope to see you around again soon!!!

CraftyGirl said...

Josephine your card is lovely and your stitching is amazing. I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


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Suze Bain said...

I'm so impressed with your stitching Josephine, it's so neat. A gorgeous card and thanks for a great challenge. Xx

Nicky said...

Wow this is stunning love the stitching

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow love the stitching on this one. Love the colors as well. Sweet image. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenges.
Linda K. DT

Kylie said...

LOVE the ribbon through the die cut. Very pretty!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Sue Bridesmith said...

Fab Design….thank you for joining us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, I hope you will join us again next week for another fun challenge…
Suzy B~Owner~ Fan-Tastic Tuesday
XX said...

Josephine this is stunning look at that stitching its just fabulous and such a beautifully colored image this must have taken forever but the outcome is amazing.


mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.


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