Sunday, May 15, 2011

Craft: Cross Stitch Stamp Card

Sometimes I like to take a traditional craft and change it up a bit. This time I decided to make a faux cross stitch card. For this card, I made a cross stitch stamp to create the bow image. The stamp is really easy to make which you'll find in the directions below. Now that I've made one card, I'm thinking it would be nice to make a basic running stitch stamp as well. So many ideas, so little time.

Supplies for Cross Stitch Stamp

x-acto knife
Pencil with an eraser
pencil

Draw an "X" on the top of the eraser. Cut out excess eraser around the "X" with an x-acto knife. Test stamp. If necessary, carve more of the eraser away. Done.

Supplies for Card
Cross stitch stamp
Card stock
Stamp pad
Cross stitch pattern - optional

For the card, I choose to use a pattern from one of my Japanese Craft Books. I used just the bow in the pattern above. You don't have to have a pattern. It's really up to you.

Stamp any pattern you wish on your card. I recommend sticking to one color to make the stamping process go quicker. It's also a good idea to test out the stamp to figure out how far you want the stitches apart, how much pressure to use, etc.

Done! Okay, lets see some cute cards now.

25 comments:

inbaliya said...

I must try this one. look so nice!

Michelle L. said...

Wow, what a beautiful effect from such a simple little stamp! Love this, it's a real crafter's craft!

IctoRude said...

What a cute idea!
Luckily I've got some cross stitch and running stitch stamps already, but making them from a pencil eraser is super cute!!

Ann said...

Eek! Brilliant idea - I had to look twice at your card as I thought it was an embroidery! Definitely going to have a go at this soon. One for my pinterest file - hope you don't mind.

e'clair said...

For so long now, I have been wanting to make my own stamp, and this looks great for a beginner like me (have you seen the dragonflies that Margie Ooman makes?).
If I manage to succeed, I will come back and post my results here - so you can have the pleasure of seeing the creativity you inspired :)
Have a great week!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I have been wanting to figure out a paper version of cross stitch for awhile, thank you so much for this. Now the ideas are flooding in. I may be able to carve a cork as well.

Yuuna said...

That's a really fun idea, and a good use for any of those cheap pencils with lead that breaks as soon as you look at it. I'm going to have to try this at some point and see what fun little cards I can make!

crookedlittlehouse said...

I LOVE this idea!!

~ * Beatriz * ~ said...

is very cute!

Lasso the Moon said...

So cute! What a clever idea. Thanks!
Anna

carla said...

Good idea. I've been playing around with making some of my own stamps. One method that I've used is to ink a rubber stamp, then press it onto a piece of the thin craft foam. Then I take a somewhat sharp object (not as sharp as an exacto knife because that tends to tear the foam) and trace around the lines. What it makes is a reverse stamp, like a negative.

Toucan Scraps said...

before I had to lock my carvers away from the kids I used to hand carve rubber stamps - this is a great idea for a mini stamp.

Joy said...

Awesome idea! I love it!

handmade by gene said...

I love this idea! so cute!

Jenny Bolech said...

this is an adorable idea! I think i'll have to try this one :)

Yarni Gras! said...

precious....but boy you must have patience! It looks like it took a while to create!

Caca said...

ha ha.. what a wonderful idea! Jessica, I really like how you makes things or life simple and easy. Cheers

nutty-lee said...

So cute!!! Thanks for sharing the idea. I will try it when i have time..^^..

tamdoll said...

This is a great card! Will definitely be trying it this summer, I know just the person who would appreciate a x-stitch card.

Thanks for the idea!

Rosie said...

How did you get the faded/varied look with the stamped ink?

Zakka Life said...

Rosie,

I just stamped two or three times before placing the stamp back on the ink pad. The more times I stamped, the more faded the "x's" got.

CrystaL* said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I am going to have to try it out soon.
Hope you have a great week.
Much Love,
Crystal

Precious Crafts said...

What a marvelous idea! Very tempting but as a cross stitcher, I may find it easier and more convenient to cross stitch the patterns than stamping because stamping requires a sturdy hand and precision. I am not that skilled.:)

rosige Zeit said...

so clever! it´s pined on my paper LOVE board at pinterest

HafsaCreates said...

sharing this on my blog!!

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