Monday, July 16, 2018

Stitched Sentiment and Stitched Accent Card

Hello everyone. It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog. We are featuring a Tic-Tac-Toe board as seen below. I marked off the elements I chose to feature in my card to make a diagonal  line across the board.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Fabrika Fantasy. I am using a free image I downloaded from their website called Little Dragons. I have two (or maybe more) inspirations in creating this card. Since the image are dragons and there is another sequel to the How To Train Your Dragon, in which a new dragon is being introduced, I got inspired to color these dragons based on the main dragon characters of this animated movie. The other inspiration is the Polychromos coloring of Annabel Haines of The Blog @ Cartaway Cards and the owner of Knitty Kitty Digis. I just got to try her technique.

I printed the image on Neenah Kraft cardstock and just colored away with my limited Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I only have a 12-piece set. With Anna's encouragement, I was able to color this image with this 12-piece set! I made several discoveries using these pencils. To make color variations with these pencils, especially if you only have few, color the image with the white color pencil then color the image with the desired color. How heavy you color also creates color variations. Since the Polychromos is a highly pigmented pencil, the heavier weight you put in while you color, the darker and bolder the color will be. Coloring while holding the color pencil in an angle creates a light touch of color. Another way to create variation. Adding details to the colored image using colored Sakura pens also adds a different look to the colored image.

I was in a look out for a striped rainbow patterned paper in my supplies. I cannot believe I have none. I can just create one, right? Using a Neenah Solar White cardstock and a stripe stamp from Simon Says Stamp Basic Stripes set, I stamped this stripe stamp using different colors of dye ink. I used a Misti Stamping Tool since I am using a solid stamp image, I had to re-stamp the image a couple of times to get good color coverage. At the same time, the Misti made the stripe stamping easy. Instead of moving the stamp to create the stripes, I was moving the paper upward and downward. The stamp remained aligned and straight throughout this repeated stamping.

The other element I chose to complete my tic-tac-toe is the stitching. I have an American Crafts Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stencil Kit for stitching letters. I lightly drew a line using a T-ruler and placed a mark on the center to guide me in positioning the letters. I poked holes on a Neenah Kraft cardstock using the template. I poked the holes again using a We R Memory Keepers needle to make the holes bigger to be able to thread a embroidery floss through it. I cut around the stitched letters, leaving a small kraft border around it. I adhered this to a pearl paper and cut around it again with a border around it. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the stitched kraft cardstock.

I die cut a square window on the striped panel using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. I adhered foam adhesive to the back of this window panel. I positioned the window so as the digital image is centered in the window. I created a strip of inked cardstock to mimic one of the stripes. When I was creating my striped panel, I did not like the red dye ink I used. I changed it to a pink ink later on. I inked a strip of white cardstock using the same pink dye ink. After the ink has dried, I cut this into a strip with the same width as the stripe stamp. Using the stitch stencil, I poked holes to create a cross pattern. I stitched the cross using a similar colored embroidery floss. I adhered this to the stripe I wanted to cover, then adhered the stitched sentiment on top of it.

After I got to this part, I felt something was missing. A supplementary sentiment is what will complete the card. After treating the area with an anti-static powder, I carefully stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I was very happy not to make a mess at this point since a lot of of my time has been invested into making this card already. I applied clear embossing powder to the area. I made sure that the heat gun is warm enough before zapping the powder with heat to avoid warping the foam adhesive behind the panel. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Peonies stamp set.

To finish the card, I adhered this panel on a top folding A2 note card. Thank you for visiting my blog and bearing with my long narrative as I share my journey in creating this card. I hope to see your lovely creations in the challenge blog.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

I am sharing this creation at


  1. Fabulous card Maria! Love those adorable little dragons and the great stitching detail!

  2. Very interesting and beautiful card with these little dragons! Thank you so much, Maria, for using this image! It is a pleasure to be a sponsor of your wonderful Challenge blog!

    Digital stamps and coloring books
    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

  3. I'm so pleased you had a go! The results are great, and I love that you went a bit mixed media and added some touches with pens too! :) I think you might have some natural flare with them, so hope you spot some more on sale so you can add to your pencil collection! Always happy to chat about pencil colouring, let me know if you need any help. Annabel x

  4. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. I love your posts and everything looks wonderful. I love your idea thanks for sharing.