Thanks for stopping in today to see what we are up to for our Technique Tuesday Tags!
I thought it would be fun to explore a little more stitching, so let's play with some ways to use the zig-zag stitch in our projects.
We are going to begin by creating a frame for our background paper on the card base. To start, set your stitch width and length to your preferences. For cards I like my width set at 4.0 and my length set at 2.0. This comes from many years of using my machine and I find that that this setting pair works best for me. I usually start in the bottom left corner and stitch up the side from there, this is a place where the viewer's eye usually doesn't rest so the connection is "hidden". I also make sure that my needle is in the down position so that it makes it easier to pivot on the corners. My preference is to have the pivot occur with the needle on the background side and then turn it to the next edge from there. It makes a nice open and clean corner. Continue along all the sides until you come the end. Lift needle and trim threads.
This is what your card base will look like when you are done. For this card, I used a piece of my gorgeous Eerie paper that is from Basic Grey. I love all of the color variation that is in the paper already, I don't need to add anything for it to look fabulous! Set the card base aside until later.
Next we will be stamping the "Newspaper Ads" Scrapblock onto our shipping tag.
I used "Pebble" Adirondack to create a nice subtle look.
Place but don't adhere some Art Flowers onto the tag where you like them. With a pencil draw lines that lead to your "Art Flowers", any color of flowers will work, but I went with some that felt like Thanksgiving since it is that time of year.
Use the zig-zag stitch to create stems for your flowers and along the base for some texture.
When you are done, gently erase your lightly drawn pencil lines and lightly adhere the flowers to the tag. Stitch vintage buttons onto the centers of your flowers with Natural Colored "Baker's Twine" and then tie into bows.
I didn't have a ribbon that matched the way I liked, so I got out my "Silk Ribbon" and colored it with my Copics, E33 and YRO4, perfect!
Stamp a sentiment of thanks or gratitude, trim and then safety pin into ribbons that you have tied onto the tag. Tie ribbon across bottom of tag to finish the look and then adhere the tag to your card base and call it good!
I love projects like this because they are easy to make in any color for what ever situation you need. Try it in blues for letting a special man in your life know how much you appreciate him or in some beautiful pinks for a special friend who is needing a boost. So many variations are waiting for you!
Hope you have fun exploring your zig-zag stitch, and thanks for stopping by to play a little!